BEVERLY HILLS—Media company, Variety, announced on Monday, September 26, that they will host the industry’s first-ever conference focused on diversity which includes gender, ethnicity, aging and sexuality on film, television and digital outlets. The conference, which is called the Inclusion Summit, is 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, sexual identities, ethnicities, ages and more.
The conference will have senior corporate executives and talent in the creative community leading the dialog on these topics. Variety editors will have keynote conversations with Donna Langley, Chairman of Universal Studios, and multi award-winning musician Pharrell Williams. There will also be panels on various topics ranging from LBGTQ rights to advancing Latino entertainment to the cultural importance of creating programs designed to support underrepresented groups in Hollywood. PwC’s U.S. Chairman Brian Cullinan will moderate a fireside chat with the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
“There is no issue in Hollywood today more important and relevant than diversity and inclusion,” said Michelle Sobrino-Stearns, group publisher of Variety. “It is Variety’s privilege and responsibility to lead an industry wide dialogue and bring the decision makers of our community together to promote solutions to counter the lack of minority talent in film and television. This is an issue that transcends the entertainment business, and we are excited to play a role in the broader conversation.”
“Age discrimination is an incredibly important issue, not just to AARP’s 38 million members nationwide, but across all facets of society,” said AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins. “We hope the dialogue at the Variety conference will lead not only to greater awareness of the issue, but to more and better opportunities for talented actors, producers, directors and others in the creative community – whatever their age.”
The press release from Variety quotes a 2016 report from The Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA, which states that minorities are underrepresented in Hollywood which is nearly 3 to 1 among film leads and directors. The study also shows that U.S. consumers like and want diverse films and television content. The study shows that U.S. consumers crave diverse film and television content. “Films with relatively diverse casts enjoyed the highest median global box office receipts, and [in television] social media engagement peaked for broadcast scripted shows with casts that were greater than 30 percent minority.”
Variety’s conference will be held on November 1, at The Montage in Beverly Hills. AARP, PwC and City National Bank are event sponsors. For ticket and/or sponsorship information, please contact Kimberly Cervantes at firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information, please see www.events.variety.com. To receive information on future Variety Events/Conferences please visit http://pages.email.variety.com/signup.