FOCUS ON DIVERSITY:

- MENTORING ROUNDTABLES
- HOLLYWOOD COMMUNITY BAG-LUNCH

Do you have a project that features diverse content and casting? Do you want to learn how to find diverse talent? Are you wondering how to package and finance diversity? Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to join one of our Mentoring Roundtables created specifically to address these issues!

FOCUS ON DIVERSITY: MENTORING ROUNDTABLES
Producers who have successfully financed and produced mainstream projects involving a variety of diverse characters and storylines will lead four small-group discussions devoted to topics of diversity.

FOCUS ON DIVERSITY: HOLLYWOOD COMMUNITY BAG-LUNCH
Diversity is important to all major Hollywood guilds, unions, organizations and companies as talent and consumers grow more and more diverse. Are you aware of all the programs, initiatives and resources available to promote diversity in the entertainment industry? Bring your lunch and pull up a chair for an informal conversation with diversity representatives from a variety of leading industry groups including PGA, SAG and more. It’s a casual setting to meet with organizations and learn about the wide variety of information and resources available to you


Saturday, June 4

Roundtables, see below for times | Community Bag-Lunch, 12:30pm-2:00pm

1. REPRESENTING THE AMERICAN SCENE 2:30PM - 3:30PM
Sponsored by SAG Performers With Disabilities Committee
A discussion about developing stories for diverse characters across a variety of different entertainment platforms. This roundtable will address the full spectrum of diverse storytelling, including content centered on the experiences of people of color, women, seniors, people with disabilities and/or GLBT characters, to name a few.

Speaker: Ilene Chaiken , Creator/Executive Producer, The L Word/The Real L Word; Writer, Dirty Pictures.

Brown Bag Lunch Speakers 12:45PM - 2:15PM

Ray Bradford
National Director, Equal Employment Opportunities, AFTRA

Sheri Bryant
VP and Board Member CAPE,
Producer, Intelligent Life Media
"Rock Jocks", "How to Make Love to a Woman," "Labou"

Jennifer Kushner
Filmaker Labs Manager
Film Independent


Kim Myers
Director of Diversity, Writers Guild of America, West

George Sunga
Diversity Chair, PGA, Producer, Three's Company , Dear John, Plaza Suite with Carol Burnett



Sunday, June 5

Roundtables, see below for times  | Community Bag-Lunch, 12:30pm-2:00pm

2. DISABILITY = DIVERSITY 11:15AM - 12:15PM
Sponsored by SAG Performers With Disabilities Committee
A discussion about the opportunities and challenges for developing stories with a focus on disability, as well as expectations for hiring and working with actors with disabilities in both film and television.

Speaker: Janis Hirsch, Co-Executive Producer, 'Til Death, Will & Grace, Consulting Producer, Brothers


3. BURSTING OUT OF THE CLOSET 2:15PM - 3:15PM
Films and television programs about GLBT characters and stories are slowly but surely coming out of the closet. But how can a producer convince executives and financiers that the audience is ready to welcome such projects? And what compromises are worth making in order to serve the greater good of progressive/GLBT storytelling?

Speaker: Bruce Cohen, Producer, American Beauty, Milk



Brown Bag Lunch Speakers 12:30PM - 2:00PM

Nicole A. Bernard
Senior Vice President
Audience Strategy, The Fox Group

Frank Bennett Gonzalez
Director, Talent Development and Diversity
Disney | ABC Television Group
Leads the company's prestigious Disney|ABC Writing Program plus works on other company initiatives

Deborah Calla
Chair, Diversity Workshop PGA
"Romeo & Juliet Redux", "A Beautiful Life"

Ellen Huang
Senior Manager
SAG Affirmative Action & Diversity

Jacqueline Lyanga
Director, AFI FEST
American Film Institute

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