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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8:40 a.m. to 9:40 a.m. Registration and Networking Breakfast
9:40 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Opening Remarks with Claudia Eller, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Variety
9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Keynote Conversation with Tyra Banks, Creator, Producer, Host & Entrepreneur
Interviewed by Cynthia Littleton, Managing Editor, TV, Variety
10:30 a.m. to 11:10 a.m. 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 a.m. 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 p.m. to 12:40 p.m. Keynote Conversation with Mila Kunis, Actor & Producer
Interviewed by Jenelle Riley, Features Editor, Variety
12:40 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. Community, Advocacy & Entrepreneurship for Women in the Screen Industries
Amy Baer, WIF Board Member and Producer
12:50 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. Networking Lunch
1:50 p.m. to 2:20 p.m. Conversation with Paul Feig, Filmmaker
Interviewed by Claudia Eller, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Variety
2:20 p.m. to 3:05 p.m. Health: SeXX Parity
When it comes to health differences between men and women, chromosomes are only part of the story. The reality is, health equity can be a matter of life and death. The American Heart Association will host a panel featuring experts in healthcare discussing the women’s health crisis. For example, women are more prone than men to some risk factors that cause heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and dementia. Help make an impact on women’s health parity by understanding the disparities of women’s health – from research and prevention to access and treatment – and the emerging advancements and gamechangers for women’s health and well-being.
Nancy Brown, CEO, American Heart Association
Dr. Jennifer Ashton, ABC News Chief Medical Correspondent, Good Morning America
Dr. Felice Lightstone, Group Leader of Biochemical and Biophysical Systems Group at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Dr. Lori Mosca, Professor of Medicine Emerita and Executive Director of the American Heart Association Go Red for Women Strategically Focused Research Network Center at Columbia University Medical Center
3:05 p.m. to 3:45 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
Charles D. King, Founder and CEO, MACRO
3:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Keynote Conversation with Seth Meyers, Host of Late Night Seth Meyers
Interviewed by Debra Birnbaum, Executive Editor, TV, Variety
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- Mila KunisActor & Producer
MILA KUNIS has established herself as one of Hollywood’s most sought after, vivacious and engaging actresses. Since beginning her career in acting, she has garnered an impressive body of work that includes both major motion picture and television roles.
She will next be seen in the Lionsgate film, The Spy Who Dumped Me, alongside Kate McKinnon, releasing on August 3rd, 2018.
Kunis recently starred in the STX hit comedy Bad Moms opposite Kristen Bell, Christina Applegate, Kathryn Hahn and Jada Pinkett Smith. She then went on to star in the much-anticipated sequel, Bad Moms Christmas, which released in November 2017.
In 2010 Kunis starred as ‘Lilly’ opposite Natalie Portman in the critically acclaimed Golden Globe and Oscar nominated supernatural drama Black Swan directed by Darren Aronofsky from Fox Searchlight. Kunis was awarded the Marcello Mastroianni Award for ‘Best Young Actress’ for her performance in Black Swan at the 2010 Venice Film Festival. Kunis was also nominated for ‘Best Supporting Actress’ for her performance for the 2011 SAG, Golden Globe, and Critics Choice Awards.
Kunis’s other notable film credits include Jupiter Ascending, Oz, The Great and Powerful, Ted, Friends with Benefits, Date Night, The Book of Eli, Extract, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Blood Ties, Angriest Man in Brooklyn, Max Payne, Third Person, and Hell and Back.
Kunis is best known for her roles on two of Fox’s most successful shows: That 70’s Show and the animated Emmy nominated show Family Guy. On That 70’s Show she played ‘Jackie Burkhart,’ which earned her two Young Star Awards for ‘Best Actress’ in a Television Series. On Family Guy she is still currently the voice of ‘Meg.’
In 2015, Kunis started her production company called Orchard Farm Productions with Susan Curtis, Cameron Curtis and Lisa Sterbakov.
- Seth MeyersHost
- Tyra BanksCreator, Host, Author, Entrepreneur
Tyra Banks, is the content creator of our time. The Supermodel turned Super Businesswoman created and executive produces America’s Next Top Model, headlined her Emmy Award-winning talk show, is America’s #1 host two seasons running on America’s Got Talent, is consistently ranked by Time Magazine as one of the world’s most influential people, and serves as CEO of her own multimillion-dollar entertainment company.
Expanding the definition of beauty is something Tyra Banks has always believed in. Six modelling agencies rejected her before she was signed at the age of 15 years old. Now, hundreds of magazine covers and thousands of runways later, Banks grooms the next generation of models to make their dreams come true.
She created and executive produces the first and longest-running fashion competition-based reality television series, America’s Next Top Model, with 24 cycles. ANTM currently airs in 150 countries and has 25 international versions worldwide.
As an original Victoria’s Secret angel, Banks was also the first female model to grace the cover of GQ and the first African-American model to be featured on the covers of Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, which featured her for two consecutive years, and the Victoria’s Secret catalogue. She was named one of The Hollywood Reporter’s 100 Most Powerful Women in Entertainment and Entertainment Weekly’s 25 Smartest in Television. She was honored as one of Glamour magazine’s coveted Women of the Year, alongside former U.S. Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Banks received two Emmy Awards for The Tyra Banks Show, the first show ever to receive the award in the new informative category. Her infamous line, “Kiss my fat ass!” made TV Guide’s 60 Greatest Talk Show Moments. She was listed twice on Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World and took the #1 spot on Forbes’ list of top earning women in primetime for two years in a row.
Banks is CEO of the Tyra Banks Company — a place where beauty meets entertainment. In 2012, she graduated from the Owner/President Management program at Harvard Business School, from which she created her one-of-a-kind cosmetics experience – TYRA Beauty. She recently developed Fierce Capital, the investment arm of the Tyra Banks Company, which invests in early-stage companies, including firms that are female-led or female-focused. Her passion is the TZONE Foundation, a non-profit organization that invests in young women to help them realize their ambitions and approach life’s challenges with fierce determination. The TZONE now takes residence at the Lower Eastside Girls Club Center for Community in New York City and focuses on five core pillars: entrepreneurship, financial literacy, elocution and self-presentation, health and wellness, and self- esteem, beauty and body image.
For two consecutive years in spring of 2017 and 2018, Tyra shared her expertise and knowledge of personal branding as visiting professor at Stanford University Business School.
Most recently, Banks released her new book Perfect Is Boring, which she co-authored with her Mom. Banks and her Mom get unfiltered on taboo topics, with a message that empowers people everywhere to have real conversations about beauty, booty, and being a boss.
- Stacey Snider20th Century Fox Film
- Dr. Jennifer AshtonABC News
Dr. Jennifer Ashton is Board-certified Ob-Gyn, and is also Board-Certified in Obesity Medicine. She is a graduate of Columbia College, Columbia University. She received her medical degree from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, where she was elected Class President for four consecutive years. Upon graduation, she was awarded the prestigious Bartlestone Award in Pharmacology. Dr. Ashton received her post-graduate training in Ob-Gyn at St.Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in NYC, an affiliate of Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. She served as Administrative Chief Resident and was awarded Chief Resident of the Year upon completing her residency. She received a Master’s of Science Degree in Nutrition from the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons Institute of Human Nutrition in 2016, making Dr. Ashton the only M.D.’s with a national news media platform who also has a degree in Nutrition.
Dr. Ashton is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She has presented abstracts and posters at national clinical meetings in the fields of General Surgery, Critical Care and Gynecologic Oncology. Dr. Ashton is on the Attending staff of Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in Englewood, NJ, an affiliate of Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. One of the few physicians with media platforms who still sees patients, she has an active medical practice, where she treats women of all ages for medical and surgical gynecologic conditions. In addition, using her credentials in Obesity Medicine and Nutrition, Dr. Ashton treats obesity/overweight and manages weight-loss medications.
Dr. Ashton is the Chief Medical Correspondent for ABC News, (only the 3rd person to hold this position in the history of ABC News), and the first OB-Gyn to ever hold this position in national network news media. In 2016, she was named as the first-ever Chief Women’s Health Correspondent for ABC News. In 2013, CBS Paramount Television announced that Dr. Ashton had been signed as co-host of the daytime medical tv show, The Doctors. Since 2012, she has also been with ABC News and seen on Good Morning America and World News Tonight. From 2009-2011, Dr. Ashton was the Medical Correspondent for CBS News Network, where she received the prestigious Columbia Alfred DuPont Award for Excellence in Journalism for her work. Dr. Ashton is the author of 3 books: Eat This Not That When Expecting, The Body Scoop for Girls, and Your Body Beautiful. Dr. Ashton is also the author of the monthly feature column, “Ask Dr. Ashton”, in Cosmopolitan Magazine. In January, 2010, Dr. Ashton travelled to Haiti with a medical team where she treated victims of the earthquake for 8 days. In recent months, she has covered the hurricanes in Houston and Puerto Rico, and the mass shooting in Las Vegas. She has traveled to the NIH and the CDC headquarters to meet with and interview Dr. Anthony Fauci and the heads of various divisions of the CDC. Dr. Ashton has won an Emmy Award for ABC’s Breaking News coverage of the Orlando Nightclub Shooting anchored by George Stephanopoulos, and for ABC’s Good Morning America for Best Morning News Broadcast.
Dr. Ashton is the country’s leading voice of Women’s Health, as the only Board-certified Ob-Gyn with a national media platform. She is a frequent Keynote Speaker and Moderator for National events regarding Health and Wellness. She is committed to improving the lives of girls and women through increasing health literacy and busting myths that have been propagated via folklore with little medical or scientific basis. She has a ‘girlfriend’s’ approachable demeanor with Ivy League credentials that combine to make her the definitive voice for Women’s Health in the modern age. As a mom, Dr. Ashton not only ‘talks the talk’ but ‘walks the walk’, proving that commitment to good nutrition, fitness, sleep and stress reduction are the cornerstones to health and wellness. With her MD, and credentials in Nutrition, along with her accomplishments as a triathlete and fitness enthusiast, Dr. Ashton is as comfortable discussing the latest workout or diet trend, as she is counseling on cancer screening or reproductive health issues facing women.
- 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”.
- Nancy BrownAmerican Heart Association
- Dr. Lori MoscaColumbia University Medical Center
Dr. Lori Mosca is Professor of Medicine Emerita and Executive Director of the American Heart Association (AHA) Go Red for Women Strategically Focused Research Network Center at Columbia University Medical Center. She was the founding Director of the Preventive Cardiology Program at New-York Presbyterian Hospital and the Columbia Center for Heart Disease Prevention in Midtown. Dr. Mosca has been listed among America’s and New York’s Top Doctors multiple years, and in 2015 was named the AHA Physician of the Year for her pioneering efforts to establish the Go Red for Women movement. Dr. Mosca was recently honored with the 2018 Mentoring Award from the American Heart Association Council on Epidemiology and Prevention for her efforts to develop future scientific leaders and her work to increase opportunities for women, minorities, and others underrepresented in science.
Dr. Mosca’s research has focused on lifestyle risk factors, heart disease prevention, and reducing gender, racial and ethnic health disparities. In 2016 she and her team was awarded a $3.7 million AHA grant to establish a center at Columbia to study sleep deprivation and heart disease risk in women at various life stages. She has been the Principal Investigator of several National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded studies to test novel approaches to increase adherence to prevention guidelines, improve patient outcomes by educating caretakers, and has focused on methods to reduce gender, racial and ethnic disparities in cardiovascular disease. Following an initial Scientist Development Award from the AHA, Dr. Mosca was the recipient of NIH Research Career Awards for 15 consecutive years. She was a standing member of the NIH Clinical Trials Study Section, led several strategic research planning initiatives for the NIH and AHA, and served on the Institute of Medicine Expert Panel on Women’s Health Research. Her research contributions were recognized by the American Medical Women’s Association with the 2007 Women in Science Award.
Dr. Mosca is Past Chair of the AHA Council on Epidemiology and Prevention, Past President of the American Society for Preventive Cardiology, and is a past board member of the National AHA. She has served on multiple international clinical trial steering committees and national guideline committees. She chaired the landmark 1999, 2004, and 2011 AHA Guidelines for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Women. She was the inaugural recipient of the Women’s Day Red Dress Award in 2004 and was named the Outstanding Young Alumna at Upstate Medical University. In 2011, she was honored with the National AHA Meritorious Achievement Award and the WomenHeart Wenger Award for Excellence in Medical Leadership.
Dr. Mosca has been a frequent guest on the Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, NBC Nightly News, ABC World News, and the CBS Evening News, and hosted her own PBS special educational program. She has written commentaries for leading journals including The New England Journal of Medicine and Lancet and has authored more than 200 original scientific publications. Many of the students, trainees, and faculty she has mentored have gone on to win investigator awards, and have obtained prestigious academic positions. Dr. Mosca is married to a pediatric cardiac surgeon and has 2 sons beginning careers in medicine and science. She enjoys training and competing in multiple sports, and has completed the Hawaii Ironman triathlon.
- Nina ShawDel, Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka, Finkelstein & Lezcano; Time's Up Co-Founder
Nina Shaw is a founding partner in the entertainment law firm of Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein & Lezcano. Her practice is in the television, motion picture, and live stage area. A native New Yorker, Nina was born and raised in Harlem and The Bronx, educated in the New York City public school system and is a graduate of Barnard College and Columbia Law School. Among her clients are successful and award winning actors, writers, producers and directors as well as entrepreneurs and entertainment executives. She began her legal career in the Entertainment Department of the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers. Nina is a Variety Dealmaker Impact honoree and has been named repeatedly to The Hollywood Reporter’s “Women in Entertainment Power 100” list. She is a recipient of the WIF Crystal Award, and in 2013 was named Entertainment Lawyer of the Year by the Beverly Hills Bar Association. Most recently, she was honored by Essence Magazine with its 2016 Black Women in Hollywood Power Award, and also in 2016 Nina was profiled in the New York Times: “She’s the Hollywood Power Behind Those Seeking a Voice.”
Nina has a long-standing commitment to the education of children and in particular is an advocate for the education of girls and women. She is currently Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Independent School Alliance for Minority Affairs. Additionally, Nina is among the founding organizers of Time’s Up.
- Patti FelkerFelker Tocezk
- Dr. Felice LightstoneLawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Ph.D., Chemistry, University of California at Santa Barbara (1998)
M.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois (1991)
B.S., Honors Biology, University of Illinois (1990)
B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois (1989)
LLNL: Currently, Group Leader of Biochemical and Biophysical Systems in the Biosciences and Biotechnology Division. 2002-2007, Group Leader of Structures and Mechanisms Group in the Biosciences Directorate. 2001-2002, Computational Biochemist in Biology and Biotechnology Research Program. Joined the Laboratory in 1998 as a Postdoctoral Researcher. Seventy-one publications using computational chemistry and biology methods.
Dr. Felice Lightstone is the Group Leader of Biochemical and Biophysical Systems Group at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Her group uses multidisciplinary approaches – ranging from molecular biology through proteomics to modeling – to investigate microbial communities as they respond to different perturbations, including those relevant to emerging issues in bioenergy, bioremediation, and pathogenesis. In addition to developing computational tools to describe and predict biological systems, the group is combining experimental efforts with modeling and simulation methods to design and develop safe and effective therapeutics. The principal unifying objective is to gain a predictive understanding of protein-mediated activities that are critical to cells and their interactions in living systems. Felice’s own research focuses on using high performance computing to design new antibiotics against pathogens, understand the fundamental mechanisms that metabolize chemical agents, design novel catalysts that capture CO2, understand the gating mechanism of ion channels, and predict drug safety.
- Charles D. KingMACRO
Charles D. King is Founder & CEO of MACRO, a leading media brand representing the voice and perspectives of people of color. King is a visionary leader, long recognized for his keen eye for talent, strategic deal-making and his long-horizon thinking.
As CEO of MACRO, founded in January 2015, King oversees the company’s focus on creating, developing, producing and financing film, television, digital content, tech companies and brands driven by people of color that encompass universal themes to which all people can connect and relate. MACRO has emerged as an innovative and progressive company set on changing the way business is done. Some of the projects include Fences, which starred Denzel Washington and Viola Davis, Mudbound directed by Dee Rees, Roman J. Israel, Esq. starring Denzel Washington and Sorry to Bother You directed by Boots Riley that will debut in theaters nationwide in July 2018.
Since its inception, MACRO’s projects have received nine Oscar nominations. The company’s first major studio film Fences received four nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actor for director/star Denzel Washington, and one win for Best Supporting Actress for Viola Davis. MACRO’s, Mudbound, was the highest sale at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated in four Academy Awards categories, including Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress and Best Cinematography. Roman J. Israel, Esq. also received an Oscar nomination.
With an emphasis on nuanced storytelling, The MACRO Digital Studio creates premium cinematic experiences and utilizes emerging platforms to engage millennial audiences. It has produced four series, including Gente-Fied, which premiered in Sundance’s 2017 Short-Form Episodic Showcase and sold after a six-network bidding war. Its next series, Leimert Park, premiered at Sundance in 2018.
Formerly a Partner and Senior Agent in the motion picture department at William Morris Endeavor, King was the first African-American partner in the company’s 100+ year history and the first ever African American partner at a major talent agency. King’s list of notable clients spanned every sector of the entertainment industry, ranging from acclaimed filmmakers such as Ryan Coogler, Tim Story, Lee Daniels, Rick Famuyiwa and M. Night Shyamalan to music icons, media moguls and innovators including Prince, Tyler Perry, Oprah, Janet Jackson and Janelle Monae to talent like Michael B. Jordan, David Oyelowo and Terrence Howard among many others.
A frequently sought-after public speaker, King has also been profiled in The New York Times, CNBC, Bloomberg, NPR, Fast Company, HuffingtonPost.com, Essence, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, LA Times and several others. He was recognized in Fortune magazine as one of America’s most influential Latino, Asian or African Americans. King has also appeared in Black Enterprise as one of the top African-American power brokers in entertainment and on Ebony magazine’s Power 100 list.
A visible and vocal champion for the causes he believes in, King sits on several nonprofit boards including The College Track National Board, The Sundance Board of Trustees, The Board of Visitors for the Howard University School of Law, the American Black Film Festival, UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television and NYU Production Lab. He is a recipient of the National CARES Mentoring Movement’s Trailblazer Award and the Distinguished Alumni Award from Howard University.
King is also an active angel investor in synergistic ventures between the tech sector and the media/content industries. In 2017, he cofounded and serves as General Partner of M Ventures, an early-stage entertainment, media and technology focused fund that sits at the unique intersection of Hollywood and Silicon Valley. Today, his personal portfolio and those of MACRO and M Ventures hold interest in more than 40 technology and media companies at various stages of growth. A few notable companies in the portfolios include Blavity, After School, Hooked, Walker & Co, Within, Beautycon, Atom and Manticore Games.
Charles D. King is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and holds a JD from Howard University School of Law. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife Stacey Walker King and their sons, Noah and Julian.
- Nina JacobsonProducer
Nina Jacobson has built an impressive career spanning over 25 years. Jacobson achieved enormous success as a senior film executive at three major motion picture studios before founding the independent company Color Force in 2010. Her first film as producer and the first for Color Force was Diary of a Wimpy Kid, which grossed over $75 million worldwide and spawned three popular sequels. Jacobson also produced The Hunger Games franchise, based on Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel, which together have grossed $2.9 billion worldwide.
Jacobson and her Color Force partner Brad Simpson won Emmy and Golden Globe awards for Color Force’s first foray into television, The People V OJ Simpson: American Crime Story, which they executive produced alongside Ryan Murphy. The show, Season 1 of an anthology series, debuted on FX in February 2016 to critical acclaim and record ratings and went on to receive a remarkable 22 Emmy Award nominations and nine wins, including the Emmy for Best Limited Series. The series’ highly-anticipated second season, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, premiered in January 2018. Jacobson is currently in development on several series at FX, including Y, adapted from DC comic book Y: The Last Man, and in production on POSE alongside Ryan Murphy.
On the feature side, Color Force is producing the upcoming feature films Crazy Rich Asians based on Kevin Kwan’s international best-seller for Warner Bros., slated for release August 2018; Richard Linklater’s adaptation of Maria Semple’s best-selling novel Where’d You Go Bernadette?; The Goldfinch, based on the critically acclaimed novel by Donna Tartt; and Peter Hedges’ most recent film Ben is Back.
Prior to forming Color Force, Jacobson was president of the Walt Disney Motion Picture Group, where she oversaw script development and film production for Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone Pictures and Hollywood Pictures. During her tenure, 15 of Jacobson’s projects grossed over $100 million domestically, including Pirates of the Caribbean, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and The Princess Diaries. The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise became the highest grossing film in Disney’s history, generating almost three billion dollars in worldwide box office.
Before joining the Walt Disney Motion Picture Group, Jacobson was a senior film executive at DreamWorks SKG, where she developed What Lies Beneath and originated the idea of DreamWorks’ first animated feature, Antz. She also held positions at Universal, Parkes/MacDonald Productions, Silver Pictures, and began her career at Disney Sunday Movie.
Jacobson is a graduate of Brown University and currently lives in Santa Monica with her partner Jennifer, their three children, two dogs, and a cat.
- 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.
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