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Conduit Seminars Launches


Debra Blanchard Knight and Pam Hogarth announced the launch of Conduit Seminars – a series of seminars and workshops for the entertainment industry aimed at helping production professionals get the information and tools they need to succeed. The first seminar, Job Hunting in Creative Industries, will take place on July 26, at Otis College of Art and Design.

“The world of production that we’ve known for decades has been turned on its head in the past five years. People who have had outstanding careers are now at a loss as to what to do next,” said Hogarth. “Our goal is to take all of the knowledge Debra and I have gained over the years and present it in ways that will provide practical guides for people.”

“We’re so excited about sharing what we know with the wonderfully talented people who make up our industry,” said Knight. “They have so much to offer, but frequently don’t know how to survive in these crazy, changing times. We’re here to offer some sanity and guidance.”

Seven years ago, Blanchard Knight founded Fringe Talent, a recruiting agency that specializes in building teams for animation, visual effects, production and special venue. Before that she worked for companies that include Blue Sky Studios, IDT/Starz, DreamWorks Animation and ILM.

Hogarth has worked in visual effects for 30 years, 25 of which were in education. She was one of the first employees at Gnomon School of Visual Effects and was instrumental in building it into the premiere institution for VFX career education. She has also served on the executive committee and board of directors of the Visual Effects Society.

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