PNYA “Post Break” to Explore Career Options for Post Pros in the Wake of the Writers Strike

Free video conference slated for Thursday, June 8 at 4:00pm EDT.

The current WGA strike has brought film and television production to a virtual standstill, creating further challenges for post-production professionals whose job security was already threatened by shrinking slates and cost-cutting measures imposed by networks and streamers. With potential strikes looming from SAG-AFTRA and the Directors Guild, the situation could grow worse.

In the next edition of Post Break, the free podcast from Post New York Alliance (PNYA), producer/writer/editor Mike Noble will talk with Emmy-winning documentary film and television producer Liz Yale Marsh and film editor Jamie Kirkpatrick about the impact the strike is having on post pros—and what they can do about it.

Can post production professionals who’ve relied on scripted productions pivot to unscripted? What are the pathways? Do skillsets for documentaries and scripted features overlap? Where do they differ? Is there enough work to go around? What about the future? Don’t miss this episode of Post Break for a chance to gain crucial advice on navigating a rocky employment market.

Post Break: Scripted to Unscripted, Post-Production Pathways is slated for Thursday, June 8 at 4:00pm EDT. Register here.



Liz Yale Marsh is an Emmy-winning documentary film and television producer under an exclusive overall deal with Universal Television Alternative Studio to spearhead documentaries and premium series for the studio. Liz recently produced the feature documentary Little Richard: I Am Everything directed by Lisa Cortes and Executive Produced by Dee Rees and Rolling Stone, which premiered opening night of the 2023 Sundance Film Festival and was released theatrically by Magnolia Pictures. The film will be released by CNN Films and HBOMax in summer 2023. She co-created and serves as Executive Producer on the critically acclaimed true crime anthology series It Couldn’t Happen Here, now in production on its third season on Sundance Channel/ AMC+. Previous work includes Co-Executive Producing the 3-part series Manifesto of a Serial Killer for Oxygen, Executive Producing the History Channel documentary History’s Greatest Mysteries: The Death of Bruce, and serving as Co-Executive Producer on the award-winning 4-part Lifetime documentary Surviving Jeffrey Epstein, and The Preppy Murder, a 5-part documentary for Sundance/ AMC, both series directed by Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg. Liz served as Co-Executive Producer on the feature documentary film The Panama Papers, directed by Alex Winter, which premiered in the US at the Hamptons International Film Festival and internationally at IDFA. She was the creator and Co-Executive Producer of NBC’s Emmy-winning series GIVE. Liz was formerly the Head of Documentaries & Premium Series for production company Bungalow Media + Entertainment, where her additional credits include Spring Broke (directed by Alison Ellwood) and the series 36 Hours with the New York Times. Liz spent five years at Radical Media, where she worked on Joe Berlinger’s Paradise Lost III, and the series Iconoclasts and Oprah Presents: Masterclass. Liz is a Founding Board member of UNICEF’s Next Generation and is the Founder of the WestFlix Film Festival in Los Angeles.

Jamie Kirkpatrick has been at the forefront of New York’s independent film scene for over 20 years. His diverse filmography includes such notable titles as Lost in Translation, Dave Chappelles Block Party, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete (which had a special screening at the Obama White House), My Friend Dahmer and John Leguizamo’s recent, critically-acclaimed, directorial debut Critical Thinking.  Other recent credits include the Western Old Henry, the cinematic musical Beau and the highly anticipated comedic crime drama Providence. His enthusiasm for cinematic storytelling is matched only by his dedication to the craft of film editing, his encyclopedic knowledge of the works of Krzysztof Kieslowski and his well-documented weakness for a good doughnut.  He has also worked extensively in network television and commercials and has directed two award-winning short films, The Regular and Squeeze.


Mike Noble started his career in documentaries, film and television in Washington, DC, where he was editor and associate producer on a number of documentaries, including the Emmy-winning Korean War Stories with Walter Cronkite. He worked at Discovery Communications and served as supervising editor for a number of series across multiple networks and was also a post supervisor at Discovery’s production center.  He is now a freelance producer/editor/writer based in NYC and has recently edited episodes of Murder in the Heartland, The Price of Glee, and the acclaimed crime documentary Fruitcake Fraud.  His latest work can be seen on Murder at Carter County Mines, currently streaming on Discovery+ and MAX.

What: Scripted to Unscripted, Post-Production Pathways

When: June 8, 4:00 pm EDT.


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About Post New York Alliance (PNYA)

The Post New York Alliance (PNYA) is an association of film and television post-production facilities, labor unions and post professionals operating in New York State.  The PNYA’s objective is to create jobs by: 1) extending and improving the New York State Tax Incentive Program; 2) advancing the services the New York Post Production industry provides; and 3) creating avenues for a diverse talent pool to enter into The Industry.

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