Pepperdine to Host Diversity and Inclusion Symposium

October 16, 2017  | 2 min read

In partnership with Pepperdine Alumni Affairs, the Institute for Entertainment, Media, and Culture will host “Engage: Navigating Hollywood’s Shifting Landscape” at the Starlight Ballroom at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica on Friday, November 3, from 2:30 to 5:45 PM.

The symposium will feature leading Hollywood producers, strategists, and c-suite executives as they explore questions and offer insider information about diversity and inclusion within the entertainment industry.

“The Engage symposium will be focused [on] where the industry is headed and how creatives can chart a course toward success,” explains Joi Carr, director of the film studies program and associate professor of English and film studies at Seaver College. “I am looking forward to gaining invaluable insight from our distinguished guest speakers. These seasoned entertainment veterans represent a range of executive and creative roles and the best in the industry.”

Discussion topics will include:

  • Inclusion Works

This discussion will feature producers and film executives who are changing the definition of mainstream content, and how their successes are paving the way for a more inclusive content demand.

  • Insider Information: 21st Century Creative Engagement

This dynamic conversation will provide a rare opportunity to hear an industry insider's perspective. The panel will explore how each producer gained success in the industry and ask what practical experiential knowledge they could provide toward 21st century industry engagement.

  • Hollywood's Shifting Landscape

This discussion will explore strategies toward skillfully negotiating the ways in which current industry trends are changing and shaking up production and distribution patterns, and creating a demand for content.

  • The Pitch

This panel will provide practical insight into the art and craft of pitching original work by featuring a live demonstration with industry professionals who green light projects. They will provide invaluable information toward perfecting a pitch and taking advantage of pitching opportunities that are often brief.

Featured panelists and contributors will include:

  • Edward Allen

COO, Pantelion Films

  • James Lopez

Producer, Head of Motion Pictures, Will Packer Productions

  • Keith Clinkscales

Founder and CEO, The Shadow League

  • Effie Brown

Film and Television Producer, Project Greenlight

  • Haylen Van Koppen

Chief, Human Resources, Legendary Entertainment

This symposium is presented on the occasion of the American Film Market (AFM)—the world's largest motion picture business event. Over 7,000 industry leaders will converge in Santa Monica for eight days of deal-making, screenings, conferences, networking, and parties.

“It is great to be participating in this collaboration with the AFM for the second year in a row. They have provided us with a forum in which to explore issues of great importance to the evolution of the entertainment industry,” shares William Nix, industry advisor at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine School of Law.

For additional information about this free event, and to register to attend, visit the Institute for Entertainment, Media, and Culture websit.