Straus Institute and Center for Entertainment, Media, and Culture Host Women in Hollywood Conference

December 19, 2013  | 1 min read

Women have played important roles in the entertainment industry from its earliest days, achieving success as artists and attaining leadership positions in the industry. Yet significant challenges still exist. Women in Hollywood: 100 Years of Negotiating the System, held November 15 to 16 on the Malibu campus, addressed the issues facing women individually and collectively in the entertainment industry.

“Women in creative, business, and legal roles still face a scarcity of opportunities in entertainment,” said professor Thomas J. Stipanowich, academic director of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the School of Law. “We hope this event will help advance the discussion on how to manage conflicts and relationships, both personal and professional, in order to successfully negotiate the system.”

The two-day symposium, cosponsored by the Straus Institute and the Center for Entertainment, Media, and Culture, was the concluding event of the Hollywood Visionaries and Beyond series.

Speakers included Nell Scovell, coauthor of Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In; Lesli Linka Glatter, director and co-executive producer of the Showtime series Homeland; Melissa Rosenberg, screenwriter of the Twilight Saga film series; Lucy Fisher, producer of Divergent; historian and author Cari Beauchamp; noted American film and television director and writer Victoria Hochberg; Linda Lichter, entertainment attorney at Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman, Inc.; Victoria Riskin, former president of the Writers Guild of America; and Tom Sherak, former president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.