Variety is pleased to launch the Inclusion Summit, an elite gathering of leaders and innovators supporting film, TV and digital media that speaks best to our current audiences worldwide, reflective of different genders, disabilities, sexual identities, ethnicities, ages and more.

Please click here for Variety’s 2016 Inclusion Summit Program.

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Ticket includes access to full day summit, networking lunch and cocktail reception.

Ticket quantities are limited at each price level and are subject to change. Tickets are non-refundable but will be transferable upon request.  


November 18:00 am - 6:00 pm


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8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Registration and Networking

9:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Opening Remarks

9:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Keynote Conversation with Chelsea Handler and Anita Hill, Civil Rights Activist and Attorney

9:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Spotlight on Univision

10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Hollywood Finds its Voice for Change
Hollywood has found its voice in these charged political times. High-profile personalities are speaking up about equal treatment and opportunity for all communities – spanning ethnicity, disabilities, gender and LGBTQ identity within entertainment and on the larger world stage. The media industry is also taking a stand against social injustices, such as unsupportive and hurtful policy toward the #BlackLivesMatter movement and women and LGBTQ rights.  How is Hollywood making use of its voice through different organizations, alliances and entertainment projects? How are influencers rallying their fans to join them in their fight? Creative leaders, their partners and collaborators explain how they are using their voice to enact real change.

Yvette Nicole Brown, Actor (Community, The Mayor)
Rowan Blanchard, Actor (Girl Meets World) and LBGT Activist
Cindy Chu, Actor (MacGyver, New Girl)
Danny Woodburn, Actor Co-Vice-Chair SAG-AFTRA Performers With Disability Committee

10:45 a.m. to 11:05 a.m. Networking Break

11:05 a.m. to 11:35 a.m. Keynote Conversation with Jordan Peele, Director, Producer and Writer (Get Out, The Last OG

11:35 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. Latino Entrepreneurship in the Media Industry

Nely Galan, Entrepreneur, Producer and Best-Selling Author

Interviewed by:
Steven Shapiro, SVP Entertainment, City National Bank 

11:50 a.m. to 12:35 p.m. Inclusive Brand Innovators
Entertainment and consumer brands are realizing that it pays to develop and market products that authentically speak to today’s society. How can inclusive hiring at a brand impact their ability to connect to diverse consumers? What companies are succeeding in their inclusion missions? How are brands evolving their inclusion strategies? Leading brands talk about their inclusive strategies to our many communities.

Geoff Edwards, Co-Head, Creative, CAA
Jayanta Jenkins, Global Group Creative Director, Twitter
Tiffany Warren, SVP, Chief Diversity Officer at Omnicom Group/Founder & President, ADCOLOR®

12:35 p.m. to 1:35 p.m. Networking Lunch

1:35 p.m. to 2:25 p.m. The Future of Inclusive Storytelling
There have been a number of high-profile wins for inclusive storytelling, such as Moonlight picking up the Oscar for Best Picture earlier this year. That was followed up by the Academy of Motion Arts and Pictures inviting their most diverse group of members yet in 2017. However, some of today’s most inclusive TV series, were canceled in recent months. How is Hollywood assessing how to craft inclusive storytelling and succeeding in connecting with audiences at the same time? What content is breaking through to fill the void and speak to a neglected, underserved community?  Top storytellers share their strategies.

Veena Sud, Executive Producer/Creator (Netflix’s Seven Seconds, The Killing)
John Singleton, Director
Lee Daniels, Filmmaker
Lena Waithe, Producer (Chi, Dear White People) and Actor/Writer, Master of None

2:25 p.m. to 2:50 p.m. The Fight for Gender Balance in the Entertainment Industry

Geena Davis, Actor and Founder, Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media

2:50 to 3:10 Networking Break

3:10 p.m. to 3:55 p.m. Mentoring the Entertainment and Media Industry
An exploration into efforts at entertainment and media companies to mentor new generations of talent, and support an increase of inclusion among its ranks. What programs are succeeding across film, TV, music and digital to help boost success among underrepresented communities? Who are today’s mentors who are devoted to advancing inclusive policies at their companies? Champions for increasing representation for all marginalized groups in media will discuss their work.

Alex Grimwade, Chief Information Officer, 20th Century Fox
Valerie Vargas, ‎ SVP Advertising, Creative Services & Creator Lab for the AT&T Entertainment Group 
Rodrigo Garcia, Director (Bull, Big Love, Last Days in the Desert)

Who Is Speaking?

  • Jordan PeeleActor, Comedian, Writer, Producer & Director
  • Chelsea HandlerHost & Executive Producer
  • Anita HillCivil Rights Activist and Attorney
  • Alex Grimwade20th Century Fox
  • Geoff EdwardsCAA

    Featured on the cover of Creativity Magazine’s inaugural “Creativity 50” and Boards Magazine’s “Top 50 Art Directors” in America, Geoff Edwards’ acute sensitivity to the potential of storytelling has fueled his career while inspiring others at the same time.

    As Co-Head of Creative at CAA Marketing, Geoff provides creative solutions for a list of Fortune 500 Companies by leveraging the power of entertainment to build brands and drive business results. In 2016 Geoff co-founded SATURDAY MORNING, a coalition for Peace with Industry heavyweights, Keith Cartwright, Jimmy Smith, and Jayanta Jenkins. Geoff is the custodian of the CAA belief that “When we take care of each other, good things happen.”

    Geoff founded DOJO with offices in San Francisco and NYC, and prior Geoff was Executive Creative Director at T.A.G. a creative boutique of McCann World Group. He’s a multiple Grand Prix winner and Cannes Advertiser of the Year recipient: 2006 for adidas ‘IMPOSSIBLE IS NOTHING’ campaign, 2008 for Microsoft XBOX 360 launch, and for Halo 3 ‘Believe’ campaign. His work and writings have been covered in every publication from the New York Times and USA Today to WIRED and Fast Company, and eight pieces of his marketing work are on permanent exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.

  • Cindy ChuActor
  • Nely GalánEntrepreneur, Producer and Best-Selling Author

    Nely Galán is self-made media mogul. She was the first Latina President of Entertainment for a U.S. television network, Telemundo, an Emmy Award winning producer of over 700 television shows in English and Spanish, and the founder of The Adelante Movement to empower and train Latina Entrepreneurs. Her women’s entrepreneurship manifesto, is a New York Times Bestselling book, SELF MADE, Becoming Empowered, Self Reliant and Rich in Every Way.

  • Veena SudExecutive Producer/Creator

    Veena Sud created “The Killing” (AMC/Netflix) which was nominated for six Emmys, including a nomination for Sud’s writing, as well a WGA
    nomination for Best New Series. She was featured in The Hollywood Reporter’s 2011 Power Showrunners List and Variety’s Women’s Impact Report. Her newest TV series, “Seven Seconds” for Netflix, is an ensemble
    drama centered around the hit and run of a young Black teenager by a white cop.
    Sud was previously a writer and executive producer on the CBS police procedural “Cold Case.” She worked as a print and broadcast journalist in New York City and is an alumnus of New York University’s Graduate Film and Television program. Her short films have been screened internationally,
    including at the Berlin International Film Festival.
    She lives in Los Angeles and is represented by William Morris Endeavor.

  • Lee DanielsFilmmaker

    Lee Daniels is an Academy Award® nominated filmmaker whose work is trademarked by authenticity and candor, providing audiences with a unique and refreshing experience and character insight with each of his projects. In 2013 he released the critically acclaimed box office smash LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER, an epic drama set against the tumultuous political backdrop of 20th century America that tells the story of Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker), an African American butler who served at the White House during seven presidential administrations between 1957 and 1986. The film, released by the Weinstein Company in August 2013, held the number one box office spot for three consecutive weeks and has to date grossed over $175 million worldwide.
    Daniels is widely known for his Academy Award winning film PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL PUSH BY SAPPHIRE. The film was adapted from the New York Times-bestselling novel Push by Sapphire (a.k.a. Ramona Lofton). PRECIOUS was nominated for six Academy Awards, including nominations for Daniels in the category of “Achievement in Directing” and “Best Motion Picture of the Year, and wins in the categories of “Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role” and “Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay.”
    Daniels was the first African American to be nominated for a Director’s Guild of America Award for “Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film” on behalf of PRECIOUS. The film won both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, only the third film in Festival history to do so. It was also nominated for three Golden Globe awards including “Best Picture Drama,” and was nominated for eight NAACP Image Awards, six of which it won, in categories including “Outstanding Motion Picture” and “Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture, Theatrical or Television.” The film also garnered a total of five 2010 Independent Spirit Awards, including “Best Feature” and “Best Director.”
    SHADOWBOXER marked Daniels’ directorial debut. Following the film’s world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Daniels was also nominated for the New Directors Award at the 2006 San Sebastian Film Festival.
    Daniels’ production company, Lee Daniels Entertainment, made its feature film debut with MONSTER’S BALL, making Daniels the sole African-American producer of an Oscar®-winning and Oscar®-nominated film. Daniels also produced THE WOODSMAN which was nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards. The film received the CICAE Arthouse Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, the Jury Prize at the Deauville International Film Festival, and Special Mention for Excellence in Filmmaking from the National Board of Review.
    In 2012, Daniels released THE PAPERBOY, which he wrote, directed, and also produced. The film, which stars Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, John Cusack, and Nicole Kidman, is based on the 1995 novel by Pete Dexter that centers on a reporter (McConaughey) and his younger brother (Efron), who investigate the events surrounding a murder to exonerate a man on death row (Cusack). The film premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, and was released by Millennium Entertainment.
    Daniels’ most recent work includes the hit television series EMPIRE for FOX, for which he wrote and directed the pilot and continues serves as a producer on the series. This one hour family drama is set in the world of a hip-hop empire that features both original and contemporary music. Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson star, with Timbaland producing the show’s original music. The show premiered in January 2015 and broke ratings records during its first season.
    In 2015, Daniels went on to sign an overall development deal with Fox television, where he continues to create develop, write, direct and supervise new projects under his Lee Daniels Entertainment banner. His first project under the deal was the television series STAR, centered around three women in a musical group in Atlanta, starring Queen Latifah and Benjamin Bratt, along with three female newcomers. The show’s second season will start airing in September 2017, on the same night as EMPIRE.
    In addition to his successful film career, Daniels is also a passionate advocate and philanthropist. Daniels sits on numerous boards including Ghetto Film School, a non-profit which helps to educate, develop, and celebrate the next generation of great American storytellers. Daniels is also a longtime LGBT activist, as well as a strong supporter of many charitable organizations.






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