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The Cinema Studies Program is hosting a panel discussion, “How Movies Get Made in Contemporary Hollywood,” at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, October 4, in Hodges Library Auditorium.

Four Hollywood producers currently working in development and production will talk about their work and explain how projects like The Hunger Games, World War Z, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and Gangster Squad get made.

Participants include Matt Milam, a UT graduate who is currently a senior vice president of motion picture production and development for Skydance Productions, which recently released World War Z and has Mission Impossible 5 in development. Other participants include Jon Silk, who works at Warner Bros. as a senior vice president of production at Lin Pictures, where he co-produced Gangster Squad; Will Russell-Shapiro, a senior executive for Aversano Productions, which has been involved with Safe House (starring Denzel Washington) and The Last Airbender (directed by M. Night Shyamalan); and Bryan Unkeless, senior vice president of production and development at Color Force, where he co-produced The Hunger Games and also helped develop the Diary of a Wimpy Kid franchise.

A reception will follow in the Mary Greer Room on the second floor of Hodges Library, Room 258. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 974-6963.


Charles Primm (865-974-5180,