Hollywood Creative Forum 9.0
For the 9th consecutive year, the Hollywood Creative Forum is a must-attend event for content creators of color working towards making an impact in the world of both scripted and unscripted entertainment. With the proliferation of viewing platforms, there is no doubt that high quality content is in demand, yet content creators of color often miss opportunities to be part of the conservation around the creative economy. The Walter Kaitz Foundation has defined a new way of doing business that matches creators with studios, production houses, networks and others interested in ensuring that what we download on our screens is representative of the world in which we live. The Forum will be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, February 13-14, 2018.
Alaska Natives join Hollywood Creative Forum
When Anna Hoover, an Alaska filmmaker, and Phillip "Ossie" Kairaiuak, a composer, playwright and member of the indigenous music group Pamyua (bun-yo-ah) join the participants of the 9th Annual Hollywood Creative Summit, it will be through the largess of Alaska's largest telecommunications company, GCI. The company awarded the two Alaska Native content creators with the first-ever fellowship opportunity to attend the prestigious event for creators of color in both the scripted and unscripted realm.

AfroLife Founder Builds Community while Creating Entrepreneurial Success
Alberto Marzan describes himself as both the founder of and janitor at his streaming service AfroLifeTV, set to launch during Q1 of 2018. His life is spent mostly on the road where he is building strategic partnerships and connecting with and selling to investors and partners his vision to revolutionize the way content aimed at people of color is licensed, distributed and shared on a global scale. Yet, he is not above taking out the trash when he is in the office.
NAACP Hollywood Bureau
Over the past two years, the NAACP Hollywood Bureau has conducted a series of discussions around diversity and inclusion in the entertainment industry as part of the organization's ongoing efforts to develop actionable plans and solution-driven ideas to address the problem. The problem and disconnect between Hollywood and communities of color was most evident in 2016 when #oscarsowhite overtook social media.
The 3rd Annual NATIVE AMERICAN TV WRITERS LAB call for submissions is now open. The lab is sponsored by NBCUniversal, Netflix, CBS Entertainment Diversity, and HBO.

The NATIVE AMERICAN TV WRITERS LAB is designed to familiarize participants with the format, characters and storyline structure of television. The five week, total immersion workshop is mentored and guided by an experienced writer with industry credits. The lab will be conducted in Los Angeles, CA with a maximum of 7 writers accepted.

T. Howard Foundation's Diversity Awards Dinner
The T. Howard Foundation will recognize AMC Networks and Univision Communications, Inc. at its 25th Annual Diversity Awards Dinner on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at Cipriani Wall Street. Both organizations are being recognized for their commitment to increasing diversity and participation of underrepresented groups and underserved communities in the media and entertainment industry.

Accepting the awards at the Silver Anniversary event will be Josh Sapan, president and CEO of AMC and Randy Falco, president and CEO of Univision.

The T. Howard Foundation's mission is to promote diversity in media and entertainment by increasing the number of diverse and underrepresented groups and underserved communities within the media and entertainment industry. The organization accomplishes its goals through a series of comprehensive programs for college students. They include nationwide internship programs, talent development programs and diversity advancement programs.

GLAAD to recognize Gloria Carter at
29th Annual Media Awards

When the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards takes place on April 12, 2018, in Los Angeles and again on May 5, 2018, in New York, two of the honorees will be Gloria Carter (and her son Jay Z. Carter) who bravely came out on her son's critically acclaimed track "Smile," from his Grammy nominated album 4:44.


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