Timed to the release of Variety’s Equality Index Report, this inaugural conference brings together thought leaders accelerating the advancement of women and true equality in entertainment and media executive suits, boardrooms and on set.
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9 a.m. to 9:50 a.m. Registration and Networking Breakfast
9:50 to 10 a.m. Opening Remarks with Claudia Eller, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Variety
10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Keynote Conversation
10:30 to 11:10 am. . Parity In the Writers’ Room
Historically a clubby man’s cave – the writers’ room is clearing the way for women to have a voice. Strong writing from a female perspective can produce stronger storytelling and draw in new audiences. How are female writers’ creativity advancing the TV business? Which showrunners are leading the way for parity in the writers’ room?
Debra Birnbaum, Executive Editor, TV, Variety
Jill Soloway, Creator, Transparent, I Love Dick
Melissa Rosenberg, Showrunner, Marvel’s Jessica Jones
Gloria Calderon Kellett, Showrunner, Executive Producer, One Day at a Time
Kenya Barris, Showrunner & Creator, black-ish, grown-ish
Glen Mazzara, Showrunner and Executive Producer, Damien, The Walking Dead
11:10 to 11:30 a.m. Networking Break
11:30 a.m. to 12:10 pm Know Your Rights – Fighting for Fair Treatment
Many have applauded and sighed with relief in Hollywood’s purging of sexual offenders from its ranks. Although we all agree that sexual harassment and other imbalances of power are wrong, what do you do if it happens to you? How should you report crimes to your HR division so that you are protected from retribution from your employer? What are the experiences of whistleblowers on unsafe and unfair treatment in Hollywood – what do they advise/not advise in pursuing justice? Legal experts and advocates explain the best strategies in fighting for a healthy and fair working environment.
Claudia Eller, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Variety
Patti Felker, Felker, Toczkek, Suddleson, Abramson LLP
Gloria Allred, Allred, Maroko Goldberg
Melanie Cook, Ziffren, Brittenham
Rick Genow, Stone, Genow, Smelkinson, Binder, Christopher, LLP
Nina Shaw, Del,Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka, Finkelstein & Lezcano; Time’s Up Co-Founder
12:10 to 12:40 p.m. Keynote Conversation with Mila Kunis, Actor & Producer
12:40 to 1:50 p.m. Networking Lunch
1:50 to 2:20 p.m. Conversation with Paul Feig, Filmmaker
Interviewed by Claudia Eller, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Variety
2:20 to 3 p.m. Parity in Healthcare
American Heart Association (AHA) will host a panel featuring experts in healthcare discussing parity in women’s health and specialized medicine. How can thought leaders join AHA in being a catalyst for change and rally the industry to make an impact on women’s health equality?
Nancy Brown, CEO, American Heart Association
3 to 3:40 p.m. Industry Leaders Keynote Roundtable
Executive leaders across the entertainment industry will explore how the industry can move forward to achieve true equality in executive suites, boardrooms, on set and in the writers’ room. Which executives are doing the most for women to achieve true parity in Hollywood?
Claudia Eller, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Variety
Brian Grazer, Producer and Co-Chairman, Imagine Entertainment
Stacey Snider, Chairman and CEO, 20th Century Fox Film
Jody Gerson, CEO and Chairman, Universal Music Publishing Group
Nina Jacobson, Producer and Founder, Color Force
Dana Walden, CEO and Chairman, Fox TV Group
Charles D. King, Founder and CEO, MACRO
3:40 p.m. to 4:10 p.m. Keynote Conversation with Seth Meyer, Host of Late Night Seth Meyers
Interviewed by Debra Birnbaum, Executive Editor, TV, Variety
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Who Is Speaking?
- Gloria AllredAllred Maroko Goldberg
Ms. Allred is a founding partner of the law firm of Allred, Maroko & Goldberg (AM&G). Her firm handles more women’s rights cases than any other private law firm in the nation and has won hundreds of millions of dollars for victims. Over the course of her 42 year legal career, Gloria Allred has won countless honors for her pioneering legal work on behalf of women’s rights and rights for minorities. AM&G represents victims who have been discriminated against on account of their sex, race, age, physical handicap or sexual orientation. Her firm also represents victims of AIDS discrimination; sexual harassment and wrongful termination. AM&G is also well-known for its work on behalf of victims in civil rights, rape, child sexual abuse and battered women cases. Ms. Allred also founded and is currently serving as President of the Women’s Equal Rights Legal Defense and Education Fund (WERLDEF).
Ms. Allred has won the President’s award from the National Association of Women Lawyers and the President’s Award for Outstanding Volunteerism, presented to her in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan at the White House. She has been voted by her peers as one of the best lawyers in America. Gloria is also a three-time Emmy nominee for her commentaries on KABC television in Los Angeles. Her nationally syndicated television show “We the People, with Gloria Allred” was also nominated in 2012 for a Daytime Emmy Award.
Ms. Allred was elected for inclusion in Southern California SuperLawyers listings from 2004 to 2017 by Law and Media and Los Angeles Magazine and she has been selected for inclusion in the 2011-2017 editions of “Best Lawyers in America”. In January 2014 Gloria received the Lifetime Achievement Award from The National Trial Lawyers for her trailblazing and pioneering role in combating injustices and winning new rights especially for women and minorities. She was honored at the 2016 International Women’s Forum (IWF) World Leadership Conference with the 2016 IWF Women Who Make a Difference Award. President Obama has introduced Ms. Allred as “one of the best attorneys in the country”.
In 2017 Netflix announced “Seeing Allred” an original documentary about Ms. Allred and her battles for justice which launched globally on Netflix in February 2018 after its world premiere in the U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. In February 2018 Ms. Allred received the Lenore Kramer Award for Excellence from the Women’s Caucus of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association.
Ms. Allred is also the author of “Fight Back and Win, My Thirty-Year Fight Against Injustice- And How You Can Win Your Own Battles”.
- Brian GrazerProducer
Academy Award® and Emmy® award-winning producer and New York Times bestselling author BRIAN GRAZER, has been making movies and television programs for more than 30 years. As both a writer and producer, he has been personally nominated for four Academy Awards®, and in 2002 he won the Best Picture Oscar® for A Beautiful Mind. He has produced many Emmy® and Golden Globe®-winning television shows including the drama series 24, which ran for 9 seasons and the comedy series Arrested Development. He latest television production, Empire, is a critic and fan favorite.
Over the years, Grazer’s films and TV shows have been nominated for a total of 43 Oscars® and 162 Emmys. At the same time, his movies have generated more than $13 billion in worldwide theatrical, music, merchandising and video grosses. Reflecting this combination of commercial and artistic achievement, the Producers Guild of America honored Grazer with the David O. Selznick Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001. His accomplishments have also been recognized by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which in 1998 added Grazer to the short list of producers with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. On March 6th, 2003. ShoWest celebrated Grazer’s success by honoring him with its Lifetime Achievement Award. In May 2007, Grazer was chosen by Time Magazine as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World.” In January 2009, Grazer and his creative partner, Ron Howard, were honored by the Producers Guild of America with the Milestone Award. In November 2009, New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts honored them with the Big Apple Award, and in May 2010, they were honored by the Simon Wiesenthal Center with its Humanitarian Award. In February 2011, Grazer was the Motion Picture Sound Editors 2011 Filmmaker Award recipient. In 2012, Grazer was awarded the Innovation and Vision award by the Alfred Mann Foundation for his charitable humanitarian efforts. In 2013, Grazer was awarded the Abe Burrows Entertainment Award by the Alzheimer’s Association and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by PromaxBDA.
In addition to A Beautiful Mind, Grazer’s films include Apollo 13, for which Grazer won the Producers Guild’s Daryl F. Zanuck Motion Picture Producer of the Year Award as well as an Oscar® nomination for Best Picture of 1995; and Splash, which he co-wrote as well as produced and for which he received an Oscar® nomination for Best Original Screenplay of 1984.
Grazer first book “A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life”, released in April 2105, spent 4 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list. For decades, Grazer scheduled “curiosity conversations” with notable experts from scientists to spies, and adventurers to business leaders. The book offers a peek into some of these conversations and inspires readers to unleash their own curiosity.
Grazer’s recent films include the critically acclaimed documentary The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years.
Grazer is currently in post production on American Made, staring Tom Cruise and is awaiting the release of Lowriders. He is in production on The Dark Tower based on Stephen Kings bestselling series; the third season of Empire and the upcoming series Shots Fired, both for Fox Television; the 2nd season of Breakthrough, the 2nd season of MARS and the new series Genius, all for NatGeo
Grazer’s additional television productions include FOX’s 24: Legacy, NBC’s Parenthood based on his 1989 film, and NBC’s Peabody Award winning series Friday Night Lights. Other television credits include Fox’s hit Golden Globe and Emmy award winning Best Drama Series 24, Fox’s Emmy award winning Best Comedy Arrested Development, Fox’s Lie To Me, staring Tim Roth, CBS’s Shark, NBC’s Miss Match, WB’s Felicity, ABC’s SportsNight, as well as HBO’s From the Earth to the Moon, for which he won the Emmy® for Outstanding Mini-Series. In 2012, Grazer produced the 84th Academy Awards hosted by Billy Crystal.
Grazer also produced Peter Morgan’s critically acclaimed play Frost / Nixon directed by Ron Howard. The film, was nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture, and was also nominated for The Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures by the PGA.
Other films include the critically acclaimed films GET ON UP, a docudrama about “Godfather of Soul” James Brown; the Formula One drama RUSH, staring Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brüel, directed by Ron Howard; Made In America, a music documentary staring Jay Z for Showtime; J. Edgar, directed by Clint Eastwood and staring Leonardo DiCaprio; Tower Heist, staring Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy; the drama Robin Hood, directed by Ridley Scott and staring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett; the adaptation of Dan Brown’s best selling novel Angels & Demons, staring Tom Hanks, and directed by Oscar®-winner Ron Howard which opened in May 2009; the drama Changeling, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Angelina Jolie; the Ridley Scott directed drama American Gangster, staring Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington; the big screen adaptation of the international bestseller The Da Vinci Code; the tense drama The Inside Man, directed by Spike Lee and starring Denzel Washington, Clive Owen and Jodie Foster; Flightplan; Cinderella Man; the Sundance acclaimed documentary INSIDE Deep Throat; Friday Night Lights; 8 Mile; Blue Crush; Intolerable Cruelty; Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas; The Nutty Professor; Liar, Liar; Ransom; My Girl; Backdraft; Kindergarten Cop; Parenthood; Clean and Sober; and Spies Like Us.
Grazer began his career as a producer developing television projects. It was while he was executive-producing TV pilots for Paramount Pictures in the early 1980s that Grazer first met his longtime friend and business partner Ron Howard. Their collaboration began in 1985 with the hit comedies Night Shift and Splash, and in 1986 the two founded Imagine Entertainment.
- Jill Soloway Showrunner & Creator
- Kenya BarrisShowrunner & Creator