Steeltown Entertainment Project CEO Carl Kurlander is pleased to announce that mediaconsultant and award winning Pittsburgh television journalist Michael Bartley has been named Executive Vice President of Production and Development at Steeltown. Michael joined Steeltown in January as a consulting producer for “The Reel Teens: Pittsburgh” mentoring 18 teens from different schools and different backgrounds for a program which airs on WPGH Fox 53.
“Michael has been so instrumental in our productions and overall success that we are very excited to have him here full time,” said Carl Kurlander, Steeltown’s president & CEO. Bartley will lead Steeltown’s expanding television production and implement his keen knowledge of sponsorship and development for the organization.
“I not only love the work Steeltown is doing, I just fell in love with the organization and its strategic goals of advancing Pittsburgh’s entertainment, film, and television prominence, and particularly its work with young people” Mr. Bartley said.
Michael Bartley spent 17 years as a host and managing editor at WQED Multimedia before joining Steeltown. He also spent 15 years anchoring and reporting the news in Milwaukee, WI and Green Bay, WI. Michael is a native of Pittsburgh and lives in the house where he grew up in the city’s Greenfield Neighborhood. Mr. Bartley has won 14 regional Emmys for excellence in journalism, as well as an Edward R. Murrow Award, a Gabriel Award, The Bill Burns Media Award, and numerous Pittsburgh Press Club Golden Quill Awards, among other professional honors. Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney has called Michael’s storytelling “… a true asset to the Pittsburgh region.”
Michael is honored and gratified to share his production and development skills and prowess toSteeltown, where he says “creativity is thriving and growing and benefiting the greatest city in America!”
Join us as we celebrate Indie Filmmaking!
November 9 | 7:00PM | Regent Square Theater
Steeltown’s 7th annual event at the Three Rivers Film Festival is an evening to celebrate independent filmmaking in Southwestern Pennsylvania. The event will feature the first Steeltown Indie Class and showcase short projects made around the region. Local filmmakers will also share their experiences about making films here in Pittsburgh. Steeltown Indie offers educational and mentorship opportunities for local filmmakers as well as cash grants to help make their projects happen.
Following the event will be a networking reception!
Many of the filmmakers and films screening at this event have achieved regional and national recognition such as: screening at Sundance, an Emmy Win, Film Factory Winner, and numerous awards and screening at festivals.
- Pittsburgh Dad’s Back to the Future Episode By Chris Preksta and Curt Wooton
- Back for Good Trailer: By Molly Donovan and Bailey Donovan
- The Beat Goes On Short Film: By Randy Kovitz
- Candyland Teaser Trailer: By Don Ammon and Kris Veenis
- Father(s) Day Short Film: By Demetrius Wren
- The Immaculate Reception Short Film: By Charlotte Glynn
- The Raven Short Film: By Thad Ciechanowski, Joe Serkoch, and Frank Tirio Jr.
- Milkman Short Film: By Garrett Kennell
- The Sisters Sorella Live Scene: By Tressa Glover, Julianne Avolio, Maggie Carr and Don DiDiGiulio
Our Youth & Media program kept themselves busy this summer by giving 18 kids from around Southwestern PA the opportunity to learn leadership skills and the tools to start a career in the entertainment industry.
We partnered with Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board & Learn and Earn Pittsburgh to give Pittsburgh’s youth an opportunity to jumpstart their careers. During the summer, our crew got the chance to film Steelers great, Jerome Bettis, as well as meeting and filming other kids working at different organizations within the Learn and Earn program.
What’s summer when it’s all work and no play, though? Our team also participated in field trips that exposed them to all that Pittsburgh has to offer. Plus, they loved the free pizza perk!
We’re so incredibly proud of the youth that we worked with this summer. Despite their age, they showed impressive responsibility and work ethic, and we know they’re destined to make a mark in Pittsburgh and beyond. Check out the hard work they put into the video below that they created for Learn and Earn Pittsburgh!