Panel Discussion: Growing Our Industry Through Diversity in Film & Television

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Originally Aired - Sunday, April 16   |   5:00 PM - 6:15 PM PT

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This will be a thought-provoking and informative session that explores the importance of diversity in the entertainment industry. This panel will be moderated by Frederick Van Johnson — a veteran photographer, podcaster, and marketer.

The discussion will revolve around the idea that diversity is crucial for the growth and sustainability of the film and television industry. The panelists will discuss how diversity can positively impact the industry, from creating a wider range of content that reflects the many perspectives of society to attracting new audiences.

The panel features a diverse group of industry professionals who will share their insights and experiences while discussing the challenges they have faced in promoting diversity in the industry and their successes.

We will examine the promotion of diversity in the industry, including the importance of mentorship, education, and networking. We will explore ways the industry can foster a more inclusive and diverse culture, from casting to production to marketing.

This will be a must-attend event for anyone interested in the future of the entertainment industry. The panelists bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table, and their insights will inspire and inform all who attend.

Potential topics for discussion:

1. The economic benefits of diversity in the film and television industry
2. Overcoming barriers to entry for underrepresented groups in the industry
3. How to ensure that diversity is not just a trend, but a lasting change in the industry
4. Addressing stereotypes and harmful representation in film and television
5. How to make film and television sets more inclusive and welcoming for diverse talent
6. The importance of intersectionality concerning race, gender, and identity in promoting diversity in the industry
7. The impact of diversity on audience engagement and retention
8. How to measure progress and hold industry players accountable for diversity goals

Roundtables |


Johnathon Amayo
Chief Academic Officer
Key Code Media
Frances Illa
Senior Manager, Broadcast & Virtual Events
Madhuri Murlikrishnan
Head of Product Partnerships, Video Products
Yolanda Starks White
YoSy Media
Nicki Sun
Host + Creative Director
Nicki Sun Media + TechNicki Speaking


Frederick Van Johnson
Podcaster / Editor-in-Chief / New Media Manager
Smugmug / Flickr / This Week in Photo (TWiP)