Activists Chelsea Handler, Anita Hill, and Jordan Peele will Keynote Variety‘s Inclusion Summit on Nov. 1 in Beverly Hills. Geena Davis, Lee Daniels, Veena Sud, John Singleton, Lena Waithe, Rowan Blanchard, and Yvette Nicole Brown will also speak at the summit on Nov. 1 at the Montage Beverly Hills.
Industry leaders will gather for the one-day event to support film, TV, and digital media that speaks to audiences worldwide, across boundaries of gender, disability, sexual identity, ethnicity and age.
“In light of the recent firing of Harvey Weinstein for multiple sexual harassment allegations, the entertainment industry needs to step up and help eradicate the abhorrent behavior and culture of enabling that has permeated Hollywood for decades,” said Claudia Eller, Variety‘s co-editor-in-chief. “Variety’s intention is to be a positive force for change and our Inclusion Summit facilitates that conversation.”
The summit will feature panelists including Danny Woodburn, co-vice-chair, SAG-AFTRA Performers With Disability Committee; Nely Galan, entrepreneur and producer; Geoff Edwards, co-head, creative, Stagwell Media/CAA company; Jayanta Jenkins, global group creative director, Twitter; Alex Grimwade, chief information officer, 20th Century Fox; Valerie Vargas, SVP advertising, creative services & creator Lab for the AT&T Entertainment Group; and Vicky Colf, chief technology officer, Warner Bros. Entertainment.
Topics of discussion will include Hollywood’s newfound voice for change, Latino entrepreneurship in the media industry, inclusive brand innovation, the future of inclusive storytelling, the fight for gender balance in the entertainment industry and mentoring the entertainment and media industry. The summit is held in partnership with Mercedes-Benz, Univision, AARP, City National Bank and Ray Halbritter and the Oneida Indian Nation.
Go to Variety Inclusion Summit for more information.