VME’s Events and Education Program organizes over thirty classes, workshops and Guest Speaking events per year. The goal is to equip veterans with the knowledge they need to successfully join the entrainment workforce.

VME’s classes and workshops range in size from ten seat roundtables with top-level executives to forty seat classes with union professionals about a wide variety of topics, including: Directing, Producing, Screenwriting, Acting, Resume Writing, Entertainment Law and dozens of other specialties.

VME held over 50 classes and roundtables last year, featuring experienced entertainment creatives and executives to meet and discuss their craft or a specific project with a small group of 15 to 20 veterans in an intimate setting. Some past guests include:

  • Mike Boettcher, Peabody and Emmy-Award winning foreign correspondent for ABC, NBC

  • Jon Turteltaub, director of National Treasure, Phenomenon, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

  • Gavin O’Connor, writer/director of Warrior, Miracle, The Americans

  • Michael Basset, writer/director of Solomon Kane, Deathwatch, Ash vs Evil Dead

  • Graham Yost (Producer/Creator: Justified)

  • Dara Weintraub (UPM and Producer: Mad Men)

  • John Romita, Jr. (Producer/Creator: Kick-Ass)

  •  Athena Wickham (Producer: Person of Interest, Revolution)

  •  Bobby Settlemire (Cinematographer: Life of Pie, Pirates of the Caribbean)

  • Madelyn Hammond (Marketing Executive: Variety, Columbia, etc.)

  • Roy Ashton (Partner at Gersh Agency)

  • Lionsgate HR Class - Resume writing & Interviewing

Classes are open to all VME members. You can sign up for upcoming classes here.