Top industry execs and above-the-line talent are expected as panelists at the inaugural Directors Guild of America’s Summit on Diversity, the DGA announced Tuesday. The event is scheduled for Sept. 20 at DGA’s headquarters.
At an afternoon panel WB entertainment president Garth Ancier, ICM chairman Jeffrey Berg, TriStar Picture prez Kenneth Lemberger, NBC entertainment prexy Warren Littlefield and CBS entertainment prez Leslie Moonves are scheduled as participants in a panel titled “On the Level: Shifting the Playing Field,” which will be moderated by DGA first VP Martha Coolidge.
The “On the Level” discussion will focus on what the industry is doing to “promote and encourage” diversity as well as the problems execs are facing in trying to combat the obstacles.
Scheduled at the second afternoon panel, “Diversity Behind the Camera: Challenging Cultural Conventions,” are directors Paris Barclay, Kathryn Bigelow, Bill Duke, Penelope Spheeris, Jesus Trevino and Wayne Wang. The discussion will center on the specific challenges each director has faced and what other artists might learn from their experience.
In addition, the confab is set to begin with two morning members-only clinics called “Career Self-Management: A Plan, Not Just an Attitude” and “Interviewing Techniques.”