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Saturday, October 31 • 9:00am - 10:15am
Breaking the Mold: Diversity in the Industry

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A glaring trend in the industry is the lack of representation of females and minorities: onscreen, as writers, behind the camera, on the business end, you name it. This trend has been acknowledged and lamented over and over again, and yet are things really changing all that much? On the business side for instance, according to the WGA yearly report, women’s and minority’s share of executive producer positions in television has actually declined in the past year. So, we all agree it’s a problem, nothing to discuss there. What can be discussed, however, are the possible solutions. Our panelists, representing all corners of the industry, talk about their personal experience with these trends, and what they believe can be done to increase the presence of women and minorities in the industry.

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Matt Dy

AFF Screenplay and Teleplay Competition Director

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Emily Best

Emily Best founded SEED & SPARK, the world’s first crowd-funding and digital distribution platform made just for independent film, to make a contribution to the truly independent community in which she would like to make moving pictures. In 2011, she had the great fortune of... Read More →
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Allison Friedman

Creative Executive Color Force
Allison grew up in Las Vegas and attended The University of Pennsylvania before getting her MFA through the Stark producing program at USC. While at USC, she produced an award winning short film and found her passion for story. She started her film career at MGM in the features... Read More →
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Sara Rastogi

Creative Executive at Ridley Scott Films
A Texas native, Sara Diya Rastogi graduated from the University of Texas in Austin where she began her filmmaking career. Since moving to Los Angeles, Sara has pursued her passion as a film producer. Sara has formed extensive relationships in the industry through her work across a... Read More →

Saturday October 31, 2015 9:00am - 10:15am
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Room

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