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Women in Hollywood: 100 Years of Negotiating the System to be held November 15-16

Women have played important roles in the entertainment industry from its earliest days, achieving success as artists and attaining leadership positions, yet significant challenges still exist. Women in Hollywood: 100 Years of Negotiating the System to be held November 15-16, 2013, at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, will address the issues women face.

“Women in creative, business, and legal roles still face a scarcity of opportunities in entertainment,” said Professor Thomas J. Stipanowich, Academic Director of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law. “We hope this event will help advance the discussion on how to manage conflicts and relationships, both personal and professional, in order to successfully negotiate the system.”

NYWIFT is one of the planners of this two-day symposium, hosted at Pepperdine University by the Straus Institute and the Center for Entertainment, Media and Culture. Other members of the planning committee include leaders from the Women in Film Foundation, Women in Film Los Angeles, Lions Gate Entertainment, Universal Studios, CORE Media Group and River Road Entertainment.

Currently confirmed speakers include NYWIFT Executive Director Terry LawlerNell Scovell, co-author of Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In; Nina Jacobson, producer of The Hunger Games; Melissa Rosenberg, screenwriter of The Twilight Saga; Lucy Fisher, producer of Divergent; historian and author Cari Beauchamp; noted American film, television director, and writer Victoria Hochberg; Linda Lichter, entertainment attorney at Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman, Inc.; Victoria Riskin, former president of the Writers Guild of America; and Tom Sherak, former president of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

An evening reception held at the Malibu Jewish Center and Synagogue entitled Lean In: Honoring the Next Wave of Hollywood Women Leaders will conclude the symposium. For more information, or to register for the event, click here.  

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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts