Virtual Equality Lounge® @ AFI FEST
October 19 – 22 | 1PM ET
AFI champions progress in visual storytelling to empower content creators, inspire story lovers, and further the limitless power of the moving image. AT&T and The Female Quotient invite you to join us for a series of unplugged panel conversations at FEST. These virtual sessions will bring together leaders across multiple industries to discuss new narratives and advancing equality for women and underrepresented groups in today’s culture, and how they intersect across film, content and media in the entertainment industry and beyond.
Monday, October 19
1PM – 1:45PM ET Righting History: Bringing Diverse Stories to the Forefront
Classic films are being remade with more diverse casts and leading to a lot of discussion from fans, Hollywood elite and critics alike. We sit down with female and BIPOC producers to discuss how actors/actresses are tasked with creating the classic essence of a film while keeping the unique nuances of present style.
Megan Smith, CEO shift7, Former U.S. Chief Technology Officer
Mel Jones, EVP of Development and Production at Confluential FIlms
Carrie Bernans, Actress, Pro-Athlete/Stuntwoman, and Producer
Kiki Melendez, CEO Latin Hollywood Films Inc and Founder, Omni Cultural Tv Fest/NATPE
Tuesday, October 20
1PM – 1:45PM ET Intersectional Storytelling: Amplifying New Narratives in Media and Advertising
Female storytellers aren’t just telling stories “for women” — they’re telling original stories that captivate audiences no matter your background or identity. Hear from the leaders across industries who are elevating the new and unique voices of storytellers to achieve gender parity in media and advertising.
Ronda Carnegie, Chief Innovation Officer, The Female Quotient
Olga Segura, Producer, Actress, Activist and Co-Founder, The Latinx House
Liliana Espinoza, Projects Director, National Association of Latino Independent Producers
Jane Tranter, Co-Founder and CEO, Bad Wolf
Jackie Camacho, CEO & Founder, JJR Marketing & Fig Factor Media
Wednesday, October 21
1PM – 1:45PM ET Breaking Barriers: New Content Platforms for Diverse Storytellers
How is content and the popularity of new mediums (shorts, skits, YouTube, etc.), opening the door for diverse storytellers? Since they don’t require large investments, are content platforms barrier breaking? How has this shifted the ways in which creators approach the storytelling process?
Shelley Zalis, CEO, The Female Quotient
Nigel Tierney, Head of Content, RYOT, a Verizon Media Company
Christine Davila, Director of Development, WB’s Stage 13
Grace Randolph, Host and Creator, Beyond The Trailer
Raja Kumari, Star of The World is Yours (Revolt Summit/AT&T)
Thursday, October 22
1PM – 1:45PM ET Gender Equal Coverage: How to Effect Visibility & Change for Our Female Athletes
The film and television industry continues to work to provide more opportunities for female and diverse representation. How can we learn from these noticeable advances and support each other in effecting change for our female athletes, who are still experiencing major equity gaps compared to their male counterparts?
Laura Dixon, Founder, Pro Sports Assembly and Head of External Relations, Spurs
Angela Ruggiero, CEO & Co-Founder, Sports Innovation Lab
Thayer Lavielle, EVP, The Collective, Wasserman
Aleia Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer, Women’s Sports Foundation
Advancing Equality Together
AFI FEST, AT&T