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.
For sponsorship opportunities & other inquiries please contact – firstname.lastname@example.org
Event Has Passed
Be Updated about Variety Events and Conferences Sign Up here
8:00 a.m. to 8:50 a.m. Registration and Networking Breakfast
8:50 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks
9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Keynote Conversation with Donna Langley, Chairman, Universal Pictures
Interviewed by Claudia Eller, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Variety
9:30 a.m. to 9:50 a.m. Ageism in Hollywood: The Last Bias
Recent events have spotlighted the lack of diversity in race and gender in Hollywood, but not much has been said about the bias that inevitably touches us all: Ageism. In a Q&A with Variety, AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins discusses why it’s smart both creatively and financially to “disrupt” past practices related to age, and to embrace storytelling, the value and contribution of seasoned professionals behind the scenes, older actors, and the audience that wants to see them.
Jo Ann Jenkins, CEO, AARP
Andrew Wallenstein, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Variety
9:50 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. Conversation with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Academy CEO Dawn Hudson and film and television producer Effie Brown will sit down with PwC’s US Board Chairman Brian Cullinan to talk about inclusion efforts and the future of the industry.
Dawn Hudson, CEO, Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences
Effie Brown, Producer, Dear White People, Real Women Have Curves
Brian Cullinan, Chairman, US Board, PwC
10:20 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. Networking Break
10:40 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. Leading the Charge – Hollywood’s Influence on an Inclusive Society
Major gains with LGBTQ rights have come hand in hand with increasing portrayals of LGBTQ characters in entertainment, spanning Modern Family, Transparent and more. Eloquently outspoken celebrities have heightened the cultural importance of #BlackLivesMatter and #OscarSoWhite. Advocates have also pressed for better inclusion of aging women for starring Hollywood roles. How might Hollywood advocates and their allies be working to further their goals of creating an inclusive society where people of any age, disability, gender, sexuality identity, religion and ethnicity feels that they belong? Top entertainment execs, creatives and advocacy organizations talk about how they making their voices heard in the fight for an inclusive community.
Giselle Fernandez, Broadcaster (NBC News, CBS News)
Sarah Kate Ellis, CEO, GLAAD
Carrie Ann Inaba, Board of Directors Member Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment and Judge, Dancing with the Stars
Katherine Wolf, Activist for American Heart Association Stroke Victims
Julie Ann Crommett, Entertainment Industry Educator in Chief, Google
Keri Putnam, Director, Sundance Institute
11:20 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Keynote Conversation with Chris McCarthy, President, MTV, VH1 & Logo
Interviewed by Cynthia Littleton, Managing Director, TV, Variety
11:45 a.m. to 12:30 pm Innovators of Inclusive Storytelling
A look at top creative talent and studio and network chiefs who will talk about how they are succeeding with inclusive portrayals of gender, disability, ethnicity, aging and sexuality in film and TV. What is the outlook for the upcoming film releases and the new fall TV season – is diversity on the right growth trajectory? What has been the impact of #OscarSoWhite – is being inclusive a higher priority for the creative community?
Meg Grant, Entertainment Director, AARP
Kenya Barris, Creator and Executive Producer, black-ish
Danielle Sanchez-Witzel, Executive Producer and Showrunner, The Carmichael Show
Jamie Brewer, Actor (American Horror Story, Switched at Birth)
Carmi Zlotnik, Managing Director, Starz
Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment
12:30 to 12:50 City National Spotlight and the Advancement of the Latino Entertainment Industry
Steve Shapiro, SVP, Entertainment Division, City National
Roberto Orci, Producer, Writer
Christy Haubegger, Agent, Creative Artists Agency
12:50 to 1:50 Networking Lunch
1:50 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Opportunities in an Inclusive Entertainment Industry
Hollywood leaders will discuss how far we’ve come and where we’d like to go with supporting a diverse workforce in film and TV. What are programs that support underrepresented groups in Hollywood as well as address current challenges such as ageism in the workplace? Can supporting diversity at an executive hiring level influence inclusive storytelling that best engages with today’s audiences? What advocacy organizations are partnering with the entertainment industry to encourage inclusive business practices and operations? Are there differences between the film industry and TV industry in their progress towards a truly inclusive entertainment industry? Top studio and network chiefs will talk about how they are encouraging diversity in their ranks for the continued growth of their business.
DeVon Franklin, Producer (Miracles from Heaven, Captain Phillips)
Lori McCreary, President of the PGA and Executive Producer (Madam Secretary)
Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, Warner Bros.
Gabrielle Carteris, Actor and President, SAG-AFTRA
Norman Lear, Creator and Executive Producer
Kimberly Steward, Producer, Manchester by the Sea and Co-Founder, K Period Media
Vanessa Morrison, President, Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios
2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Keynote Conversation with Pharrell Williams, Musician & Producer
Interviewed by Michael Schneider, Executive Editor, IndieWire and Variety Editor-at-Large
Who Is Speaking?
- Pharrell WilliamsMusician and Producer
- Donna LangleyUniversal Pictures
Donna Langley was named Chairman of Universal Pictures in September 2013. She oversees all aspects of Universal’s production, marketing and distribution operations worldwide, including the studio’s global specialty division, Focus Features. Langley has been with Universal since 2001, starting as Senior Vice President of Production and subsequently serving as President of Production and Co-Chairman before her promotion to Chairman.
Under Langley’s visionary leadership, Universal has evolved to break numerous industry records, with 2015 marking the highest-grossing domestic, international and worldwide box office of any single year in any film studio’s history. 2015 became the first time any studio has tallied three films to cross $1 billion at the worldwide box office, with Furious 7, Jurassic World and Illumination Entertainment’s Minions all reaching that milestone.
During her 15-year tenure, Langley has reinvigorated and expanded some of the most lucrative and popular franchises in Universal’s 104-year history. In addition to shepherding the seven films in the Fast & Furious series, which have grossed more than $3.9 billion, and the five movies in the juggernaut Bourne series, she has presided over the studio’s biggest and most profitable franchises. These include Pitch Perfect, Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me, Fifty Shades of Grey, Ride Along, The Purge, Meet the Parents, Neighbors, Ouija, Ted, and Snow White and the Huntsman. She has also overseen diverse hits such as the Academy Award®-winning Les Misérables, A Beautiful Mind, Ray, King Kong, Focus’s The Theory of Everything and The Danish Girl as well as Cinderella Man, Seabiscuit, Munich, Mamma Mia!, Knocked Up, Bridesmaids, Wanted, Safe House, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, Mama, Lone Survivor, Lucy, Unbroken, Trainwreck and Straight Outta Compton.
She began her career at New Line Cinema, where she served as Senior Vice President of Production before joining Universal in 2001. While at New Line, she worked on films including those that comprise the hit Austin Powers franchise, as well as The Cell and Drop Dead Gorgeous.
Langley was named The Hollywood Reporter’s Executive of the Year in 2015 and has been regularly featured in the publication’s Top 100 Women in Entertainment issue. She was also honored with the 2016 Pioneer of the Year Award from the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation. Langley is an Ambassador for Vital Voices Global Ambassadors Program, a partnership between Vital Voices Global Partnership and Bank of America, and also serves on Vital Voices Board of Directors. She is on the advisory board of Chrysalis and was a key founder of The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Film Mentorship program. A voting member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, she serves on the Board of Trustees for the American Film Institute.
A native of the United Kingdom, Langley lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their two sons.
- Chris McCarthyVH1 and Logo
Chris McCarthy was named President of VH1 and Logo TV in May 2016. An engineer by training and a creative at heart, McCarthy brings an entrepreneurial and audience-first approach to developing content and building powerful brands.
Since McCarthy’s arrival at VH1, the network has earned five consecutive quarters of growth making it the fastest growing entertainment network in the Top 25.
Under McCarthy, VH1 announced a bold, new programming slate that brings the network back to its pop culture roots including the highly anticipated revival of “America’s Next Top Model,” the topical series “The Amber Rose Show,” and the critically acclaimed ’90’s hip hop period piece “The Breaks,” to name a few. In addition, McCarthy has also elevated #1 hits “Love & Hip Hop,” “Mob Wives” and “Black Ink Crew” to all-time highs.
McCarthy has spearheaded the return of premier events to VH1 starting with “Big in 2015,” which was the brand’s most watched tentpole in nearly a decade, followed by “Dear Mama,” the first televised special dedicated to mothers and, most recently, “Hip Hop Honors,” which then became VH1’s highest rated tentpole in 15 years.
At Logo TV, McCarthy transformed the brand into the dominant LGBT digital destination and led record ratings growth as the only network in all of cable to achieve ten consecutive quarters of year over year growth. McCarthy established its Emmy award winning documentary division, brought “RuPaul’s Drag Race” to new heights including its first Emmy, and continues to be on the vanguard of culture when Logo TV became the first U.S. network to air the international phenomenon Eurovision Song Contest.
Prior to joining VH1, McCarthy held the dual roles of Executive Vice President at large for MTV and General Manager of its digital networks, Logo TV, MTV2 and mtvU.
As the GM of MTV’s digital networks, McCarthy led the group to four years of consecutive growth. At MTV2, McCarthy relaunched the network into a male-targeted Millennial brand, developing hits including “Guy Code,” “Nitro Circus Live,” “Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family” and “Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘N Out.” As a result, MTV2 achieved four years of record ratings growth and has become a top ten cable network for M12-24.
McCarthy served as the Executive Vice President for MTV from 2010 to 2014 and oversaw all strategy, planning and operations across the world’s premier youth entertainment brand. During this time the business saw four years of record growth across all metrics, and launched such landmark series as “Jersey Shore,” “Teen Mom,” “16 & Pregnant,” “Teen Wolf,” and “Catfish.”
The recipient of multiple Emmys and a Peabody Award, McCarthy earned an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science with Honors in Commerce and Engineering from Drexel University.
- Jo Ann JenkinsAARP
AARP has long been recognized for the value of its services, information and advocacy on behalf of people age 50 and over. But since joining the organization in 2010 and heading it since 2014, Jo Ann Jenkins has sponsored groundbreaking work to transform AARP into a leader in social change, dedicated to enhancing quality of life for all as we age. A fearless champion for innovation and impact, Jenkins is often lauded for her ability to create business opportunity and competitive differentiation. She has been described as a visionary and thought leader, a catalyst for breakthrough results, accelerating progress and contribution while fostering positive relationships inside and outside the organization.
Jenkins offers deep knowledge and experience derived from her work with some of the nation’s most iconic brands – the U.S. Government and Library of Congress as well as AARP and AARP Foundation – with an understanding of the interplay and nuance of business, politics and social change.
Under her leadership AARP’s vision was reimagined and redefined, challenging outdated beliefs and sparking new insights that allow people to adapt to today’s realities of aging – with relevant solutions to everyday issues such as healthcare costs, financial security, digital and social connectivity, and career continuation. She also established a new strategic direction and operating structure for AARP Foundation, focusing on change in four critical areas – hunger, income, housing, and isolation. She created Drive to End Hunger, a multi-year, nationwide campaign which has donated over 36 million meals and provides support to over 100 anti-hunger organizations across the country.
Jenkins began her career with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, later moving to the US. Department of Transportation and U.S. Department of Agriculture in a variety of leadership roles with increasing responsibility. Interlaced with her public service, she served in several private consulting firms, advising major corporations in their development and implementation of diversity and organizational strategy. In 1994 she was asked to join the Library of Congress as Chief of Staff, becoming its Chief Operating Officer in 2007. She led the development and launch of innovative initiatives that transformed the Library’s workforce into “knowledge navigators,” created the Library of Congress Experience, an interactive pathway offering access to the Library’s incomparable collections, and built strong, mutually-supportive relationships with private sector sponsors.
Today, Jenkins leads the world’s largest non-profit, nonpartisan membership organization, harnessing the power and passion of almost 2,000 staff members, 60,000 volunteers and numerous strategic partners.
Jo Ann Jenkins has held a variety of board and advisory positions including AARP Services, AARP Funds, Congressional Hunger Center, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, U.S. Small Business Administration Council on Underserved Communities, Living Cities, and Caring for Military Families. With expertise in talent and leadership development, organizational restructure, public affairs, philanthropy and marketing, she has been recognized as “Non-Profit Influencer of the Year” (2015), one of “ Washington’s Most Influential People” (2015 and 2016), “Non-Profit Times’ Power and Influence Top 50” (2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016), Peace Corps Director’s Award (2014) and Malcolm Baldrige Fellow (2013). Most recently she is the best-selling author of the book, “Disrupt Aging: A Bold New Path to Living Your Best Life at Every Age.”
After earning her Bachelor of Science degree from Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL, she graduated from the Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Program. Jenkins also holds an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from both Spring Hill College and Washington College.
- Jamie BrewerActivist for Down Syndrome
Jamie is best known as a fan favorite in the award winning anthology series American Horror Story created by Ryan Murphy on FX. Jamie’s first role on American Horror Story: Murder House was playing the role of Adelaide ‘Addie’ Langdon (Jessica Lange’s daughter). She continued on in Season 3 Coven playing the lead role as ‘Nan’. As well as season 4 Freakshow as ‘Marjorie’ playing opposite Neil Patrick Harris.
She can also be seen it the hit show’s Southland, Switched at Birth and Raymond and Lane. Jamie was the first person with Down Syndrome to walk New York Fashion Weekin Carrie Hammers’ show. Since then, she has become a Ambassador for ‘Changing the Face of Beauty’ and was the recipient of the ‘2015 Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award’. She has recently been cast in the film Snow Moon where she will be playing the role of a princess. Jamie can also be seen in upcoming short film Kill Off. Shot in Australia about a young woman with Down Syndrome that forms a friendship with a Sudanese refugee over their love of Krump dancing.
- Katherine WolfAmerican Heart Association Stroke Victims
Katherine Wolf is a storyteller, advocate, and survivor, leveraging her redemptive story to encourage those with broken bodies, broken brains, and broken hearts. Engaging both faith-based and mainstream communities online and through a national speaking platform with their nonprofit “Hope Heals”, she and her husband, Jay, seek to bridge the gap between those disabled on the outside and those disabled on the inside. They co-authored a bestselling book on their story, also entitled “Hope Heals, (published by Harper Collins) in April 2016. Katherine is also the current face of the American Stroke Association and the Ad Council of America’s most successful stroke awareness initiative, the F.A.S.T. campaign. They reside in Los Angeles with their two sons, James and John. (More info at http://www.hopeheals.com)
- Dawn HudsonAMPAS
- Christy HaubeggerCAA
Christy Haubegger is an Agent at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), a leading entertainment and sports agency
with offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, Nashville, and Beijing, where she provides insights on diverse
markets to the agency’s clients. She is based in the Los Angeles office, and works closely with such clients as
Eva Longoria, Pitbull, Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, Salma Hayek, Andy Garcia, and Rosario Dawson, among
Haubegger founded Latina magazine in 1996, upon graduating from Stanford Law School. It was in a business
course there that Haubegger conceived of and developed a business strategy for a ground-breaking magazine
that would showcase fashion, beauty, lifestyle and empowerment for Hispanic women. After receiving her law
degree, she pursued her plan for the magazine, before ultimately partnering with Essence Communications,
who became a major investor in Latina. The magazine debuted as a quarterly in 1996, with rising star Jennifer
Lopez on its first cover. Latina grew to monthly publication just a year after its launch with Haubegger serving
as its publisher, president, and then CEO until 2001. In that post, she oversaw a staff of more than 50 people
and focused on the business management of the magazine, including advertising sales and corporate
Since its inception, Latina has become the leading publication for U.S. Hispanic women with a monthly
circulation of 500,000. Latina has been named Best Magazine by Advertising Age and was featured on the
Adweek Hot List two years in a row (2000 and 2001). Latina has also extended its brand into other media. In
2001, Haubegger oversaw the launch of the website http://www.latina.com and the publication of LATIN BEAUTY
(Hyperion), a comprehensive beauty and wellness guidebook for Hispanic women. Haubegger now serves as a
member of the Board of Latina Media Ventures (Latina’s parent company) where she focuses on strategic
initiatives for the company.
Hoping to expand the presence and stories of Latinos in television and motion pictures as she had done in the
magazine world, Haubegger moved into the world of entertainment in 2002. She served as Associate Producer
on CHASING PAPI, a romantic comedy from 20th Century Fox with a Hispanic theme/cast, which was released
in May 2003, and was Executive Producer of Oscar-winner James L. Brooks’ romantic comedy, SPANGLISH,
starring Paz Vega, Adam Sandler, and Téa Leoni, released by Columbia Pictures in December 2004. She
joined CAA in 2005.
A pioneer for Latinas, Haubegger is the recipient of numerous awards and media recognition for her
achievements. In 2001, Newsweek named her one of the “Women of the New Century,” Advertising Age has
called her a “Woman to Watch,” and the Ms. Foundation has chosen her as one of the Top Ten Role Models of
the Year. In 2002, Haubegger was also the youngest woman to be inducted into the American Advertising
Federation’s Advertising Hall of Achievement, in recognition of her success in raising the profile of the Hispanic
market. She has been profiled and interviewed by numerous, diverse media outlets including CNN, NBC Nightly
News, and TODAY. Recently, The Hollywood Reporter featured her on its list of the Most Powerful Latinos in
Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Haubegger is the Mexican-American daughter of adoptive parents. She
received her B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin and her J.D. from Stanford Law School
where she was elected president of her class. Haubegger is a board member of Management Leadership for
Tomorrow (ww.ml4t.org), an organization that works to increase the number of minority MBA candidates at the
nation’s top business schools. In 2009, she was appointed by President Obama to the President’s Commission
on White House Fellows. In addition, she is a volunteer for various civic, social and political organizations.
- Danielle Sanchez-WitzelThe Carmichael Show
Danielle Sanchez-Witzel serves as Showrunner and Executive Producer on
NBC’s THE CARMICHAEL SHOW. Danielle has worked under overall deals at
20th Century Fox TV, CBS Paramount and NBC Universal where she worked on
such shows as NEW GIRL, THE MILLERS, WHITNEY and MY NAME IS EARL.
Danielle is a graduate of Stanford University, where she was heavily involved in
sports, broadcasting and media, working as a baseball play-by-play announcer
for the university radio station. Additionally, Danielle worked in the advertising
field for several years prior to receiving her M.F.A. from the UCLA Graduate
School of Film and Television. She grew up in the Bay Area the youngest of four
daughters and continues to be driven by a desperate need to get out of their shadow.
- Carrie Ann InabaCoalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment/Dancing with the Stars
- Kenya BarrisCreator/EP Black-ish
As a writer, Kenya Barris is known for his quick wit and unabashed sense of humor. He started out as a writer in 1998 and has worked on several television shows, including CBS’s “Listen Up,” The CW’s “The Game” and “Girlfriends,” and Fox’s “I Hate My Teenage Daughter.” He has also sold a number of pilots, including “America’s Next Top Model,” which he co-created and is currently shown in 49 countries with 21 internationally-formatted offshoots, as well as BET’s “The Start Up,” starring Diggy Simmons, and “We Got Next,” Hulu’s first half-hour comedy series. Kenya Barris is under an overall deal at ABC Studios where he’s the Executive Producer and Co-Showrunner on “black-ish” as well as the Co-Creator and Executive Producer of an upcoming hour-long series “Unit Zero” staring Toni Collette. He’s also under an overall deal with 20th Century Fox Film where he’s developing several projects including “Uptown Saturday Night,” “Cheaper By the Dozen,” and “Stir Crazy.”
- Vanessa MorrisonFox Animation Studios and Blue Sky Studios
- Sarah Kate EllisGLAAD
Sarah Kate Ellis was named President and CEO of GLAAD in early 2014 after a successful career as a media executive.
In short order, Ellis refocused GLAAD’s crucial advocacy to accelerate acceptance of the LGBTQ community through a variety of compelling and effective initiatives, campaigns, and programs.
A powerful communicator, Ellis has used GLAAD’s position as the world’s leading media advocacy organization to demand fair and accurate coverage of the LGBTQ community. Ellis also commissioned GLAAD’s annual Accelerating Acceptance report, providing a window into national sentiment towards the LGBTQ community. As more states have introduced discriminatory bills Ellis has fought against them, notably getting prominent figures from the music industry in Nashville to speak out against a pair of Tennessee bills and calling on Hollywood studios to speak out about against a similar bill in Georgia. She ensured that national and local media would be held accountable when reporting on Caitlyn Jenner, while GLAAD also provided resources to journalists and media organizations following Jenner’s prominent Diane Sawyer interview. Ahead of Pope Francis’ visit to the United States, Ellis used GLAAD’s position, to ask the Pope to meet with and welcome LGBT Catholics during his visit.
Ellis also understands the importance of being on the ground where it matters most. Under her leadership, GLAAD has traveled to many states in the U.S. South to meet with LGBTQ leaders and community members, as part of Southern Stories. Ellis also launch GLAAD’s first international operation in London as a springboard to increase GLAAD’s international work. Most recently, Ellis traveled to Orlando to be on the ground after the massacre at Pulse nightclub, assisting victims’ families and holding media accountable.
A forceful spokesperson for LGBTQ acceptance, Ellis’ commentary and statements have appeared in influential media including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, TIME, Vanity Fair and hundreds of other outlets. A thought leader in the space, Ellis has spoken about the crucial impact of GLAAD at Princeton, University of California Berkeley, the Public Relations Society of America, and more.
Ellis was included on Variety’s 2016 New Power of New York List, a collection of 50 movers and shakers who are upending the entertainment business in Manhattan and beyond. Named one of OUT Magazine’s OUT100 in 2015, Ellis was also one of Family Circles’ 20 most influential moms in 2015, ranked 20th on the Guardian’s World Power Pride list in 2014, and was named an Agent of Change by Washington D.C.’s largest LGBT publication, Metro Weekly.
Ellis co-authored a memoir with her wife, Kristen Ellis-Henderson, titled “Times Two, Two Women in Love and the Happy Family They Made,” released by Simon & Schuster. The autobiography chronicled their simultaneous pregnancies and road to motherhood. The two were featured on the groundbreaking “Gay Marriage Already Won” cover of TIME Magazine. They were the first same-sex couple to have their marriage ceremony performed in the Episcopal Church of New York State.
Prior to joining GLAAD, Sarah Kate Ellis led national media brands, notably growing Real Simple into one of Time Inc.’s most respected and successful magazines. Her vision also transformed and energized leading media outlets including Vogue, InStyle, New York, and House & Garden. She served as Senior Vice President of Global Marketing at Martini Media, a digital firm specializing in online branding, public relations and marketing.
She earned seven MIN Awards for marketing innovation, two President’s Awards, and MIN’s Sales Executive Team of the Year award in 2012.
As co-chair of OUT at Time Inc., she led programming to spotlight the diversity of the LGBTQ community and educated the organization’s straight allies on a wide range of LGBTQ issues.
Ellis earned her B.A. from Russell Sage College and also attended the Tuck Executive Education program at Dartmouth.
Ellis and her wife Kristen are the proud mothers of two adorable children.
- Julie Ann CrommettGoogle
Julie Ann Crommett joined Google in December 2013 and is currently the Entertainment Industry Educator in Chief, working to shift perceptions of computer science in mainstream media so as to encourage more diversity in the field (a position she created).
Previously, she was at NBCUniversal where she was responsible for behind-the-camera diversity initiatives including the NBCU Directing Fellowship Program and Writers on the Verge. Throughout her time in Hollywood, Julie Ann initiated a cross-company Hispanic episode of NBC’s Grimm, was an Entertainment Associate at Universal Cable Productions, an associate producer on the Animal Planet series, I’m Alive and a production intern in DVD/Promotions at Pixar Animation Studios.
Julie Ann is originally from Atlanta, Ga., via San Juan, Puerto Rico (Cuban too!), and graduated with a B.A. degree in English and American literature from Harvard University. She currently serves on the board of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP), Women in Animation (WIA), the Barbie Global Advisory Council and on several media advisory councils. In September 2015, Julie Ann was honored with ADCOLOR’s prestigious Innovator Award for her work in shifting on-screen perceptions, and Univision’s Flama named her one of the “7 Latinos to Look Out for in 2016.”
Her upcoming TEDx talk is Oct. 22nd at TEDx MidAtlantic in Washington, DC.
- Kimberly StewardK Period Media
- Jennifer SalkeNBCUniversal Executives
- Norman LearProducer
Norman Lear has enjoyed a long career in television and film, and as a
political and social activist and philanthropist.
Mr. Lear began his television writing career in 1950 when he and his
partner, Ed Simmons, were signed to write for The Ford Star Revue,
starring Jack Haley. After only four shows, they were hired away by
Jerry Lewis to write for him and Dean Martin on The Colgate Comedy
Hour, where they worked until the end of 1953. They then spent two
years on The Martha Raye Show, after which Mr. Lear worked on his
own for The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show and The George Gobel Show.
In 1958, Mr. Lear teamed with director Bud Yorkin to form Tandem
Productions. Together they produced several feature films, with Mr.
Lear taking on roles as executive producer, writer, and director. He was
nominated for an Academy Award in 1967 for his script for Divorce
American Style. In 1970, CBS signed with Tandem to produce All in the
Family, which first aired on January 12, 1971 and ran for nine seasons.
It earned four Emmy Awards for Best Comedy series as well as the
Peabody Award in 1977. All in the Family was followed by a succession
of other television hit shows including Maude, Sanford and Son, Good
Times, The Jeffersons, One Day at a Time, and Mary Hartman, Mary
Concerned about the growing influence of radical religious evangelists,
Mr. Lear decided to leave television in 1980 and formed People For the
American Way, a non-profit organization designed to speak out for Bill
of Rights guarantees and to monitor violations of constitutional
freedoms. People For remains an influential and effective voice for
Mr. Lear’s business career continued in 1982, when Tandem
Productions and his other company, T.A.T. Communications, were
folded into Embassy Communications, which was sold in 1985. He then
created and is currently chairman of Act III Communications, a
multimedia holding company with interests in television, motion
pictures, and licensing.
In addition to People for the American Way, Mr. Lear has founded other
nonprofit organizations, including the Business Enterprise Trust (1989-
2000), which spotlighted exemplary social innovations in American
business; the Norman Lear Center at the USC Annenberg School for
Communication (2000-present), a multidisciplinary research and public
policy center dedicated to exploring the convergence of entertainment,
commerce and society; and with his wife, Lyn, co-founded the
Environmental Media Association (1989-present), to mobilize the
entertainment industry to become more environmentally responsible.
In 1999, President Clinton bestowed the National Medal of Arts on Mr.
Lear, noting that “Norman Lear has held up a mirror to American
society and changed the way we look at it.” He also has the distinction
of being among the first seven television pioneers inducted in 1984 into
the Television Academy Hall of Fame.
In 2001, Lyn and Norman Lear purchased one of the few surviving
original copies of the Declaration of Independence. During the decade
that they owned it, they shared it with the American people by touring it
to all 50 states. As part of this Declaration of Independence Road Trip,
Mr. Lear launched Declare Yourself, a nonpartisan youth voter initiative
that registered well over four million new young voters in the 2004,
2006, and 2008 elections.
Mr. Lear is married to Lyn Davis Lear and resides in Los Angeles,
California. He has six children: Ellen, Kate, Maggie, Benjamin, Brianna,
and Madeline, and four grandchildren: Daniel, Noah, Griffin, and Zoe.
Mr. Lear’s memoir, Even This I Get To Experience, was published in
October 2014 by The Penguin Press.
- Lori McCrearyProducers Guild of America / Madame Secretary
- Brian CullinanPwC
- Carmi ZlotnickStarz
Carmi Zlotnik is Managing Director for Starz. In this lead executive role, Zlotnik is responsible for programming and development activities for Starz as well as overseeing production of STARZ Original series. Among notable recent series are acclaimed scripted dramas including “Black Sails,” “Outlander,” “Power,” “Flesh and Bone,” and the upcoming anthology series, “The Girlfriend Experience.” In 2015, STARZ also had its first horror series in “Ash vs. Evil Dead” joining Starz’s comedies “Blunt Talk” and “Survivor’s Remorse.” Upcoming projects include the second installment and follow-up to the award-winning limited series,
“The Missing,” “The One Percent,” “American Gods,” and “Counterpart.” Zlotnik joined Starz as a consultant in January 2010 and moved to a staff position in April 2010.
Prior to Starz, Zlotnik was Head of Global Operations for IMG Global Media. At IMG, Zlotnik oversaw all aspects of international business operations for the Global Media division, including responsibilities for creative development and finance/operational management for the fashion, sports and media conglomerate. Zlotnik’s portfolio included leading UK independent production companies, Tiger Aspect and Darlow Smithson. Zlotnik was also a lead executive for IMG Sports, the world’s largest independent sports production business. Zlotnik also led successful restructuring efforts for all of IMG’s entertainment, digital and production businesses.
Prior to that, Zlotnik enjoyed a storied 20-year career at HBO, Inc. where he held various executive management positions, including tenures as Executive Vice President of New Media Programming and Executive Vice President of Creative Operations, Business Development & New Media. Throughout his executive career at HBO, Zlotnik held key strategic responsibilities for HBO original programming. Zlotnik was a leader in building the original programming strategy and identifying business extensions and crafting new businesses opportunities for HBO. Zlotnik was also responsible for the US Comedy Arts Festival, The Comedy Festival: Las Vegas and created the HBO Animation division. While overseeing the New Media area, Zlotnik was responsible for the project that eventually became HBO Go.
While head of Original Programming Production at HBO, Zlotnik oversaw and supervised production for numerous shows including the “Band of Brothers” mini-series, “The Sopranos,” “Sex and the City,” “Six Feet Under,” “From the Earth to the Moon” and “The Larry Sanders Show.” Zlotnik also headed production for HBO Independent Productions and supervised shows including “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Martin,” “The Ben Stiller Show” and “Roc.” In 2002, Zlotnik led the HBO team that received the first interactive Emmy for the website supporting “Band of Brothers.” In 1989, Zlotnik received a Cable ACE® Award and an Emmy® nomination for his work as co-producer on the HBO Comedy Special “Billy Crystal: Midnight Train to Moscow.”
Zlotnik lives in Encino, CA.
- Gabrielle CarterisSAG-AFTRA
Gabrielle Carteris was elected SAG-AFTRA president on April 9, 2016. She was previously elected executive vice president in 2013, at the union’s inaugural national convention and re-elected in 2015 at the union’s second national convention. She was appointed in August 2016 to serve on the AFL-CIO’s executive council.
Carteris became a household name playing Andrea Zuckerman on the Aaron Spelling program Beverly Hills, 90210. A show with a shaky beginning, 90210 ended up being one of the longest-running one-hour series in television history and has been viewed in more than 100 countries. The success of the show allowed Carteris to get involved with many great organizations, including DARE, Noxzema Extraordinary Teen program, MADD, Read to Grow, Best Buddies and the Sky’s The Limit Fund. In August 2016, she was honored by the Jewish Labor Committee Western Region with the Elinor Glenn Leadership Award.
Carteris has also worked as a producer, creating a series of specials called Lifestories, which led to her producing and hosting her own talk show for Fox, Gabrielle. Recent credits include a recurring role on Code Black and guest-starring roles on Criminal Minds, Make It or Break It, The Event, Longmire, The Middle, a new web series called Send Me, and the holiday television movie 12 Christmas Wishes. On stage, she performed a special presentation of The Vagina Monologues to raise money to combat violence against women and child abuse.
Carteris previously served Screen Actors Guild in 2008 as fifth alternate national director, in 2009 as first alternate national director and in 2010 she began a three-year term as national board member. Her previous American Federation of Television and Radio Artists service includes two consecutive terms on the AFTRA Los Angeles Local Board and the AFTRA National Board, three terms as AFTRA convention in the delegate/actor category and, in 2011, she was elected Los Angeles Local president and national second vice president. She was a part of the G1 (Group for One Union) and helped with developing the plan to merge SAG and AFTRA.
She also served SAG-AFTRA during the transition year as national vice president, Los Angeles.
- Greg SilvermanWarner Brothers