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What Does Representation in Hollywood Look Like in 2021?

What Does Representation in Hollywood Look Like in 2021?

Wednesday, April 21

The US minority population is expected to become the new majority by 2045, and Hollywood has taken notice of the demand for representation in media. Inclusivity has proven to be a lucrative business model in Tinsel Town with the release of streaming hits like Bridgerton and The Old Guard, award season favorites including Da 5 BloodsMa Rainey's Black BottomMinariOne Night in MiamiSound of Metal, and The United States vs. Billie Holiday.

As streaming services fill the vacuum of 2020 studio releases with diverse content, how will the nearly full-time pivot to at-home entertainment globalize audiences who expect diversity on- and off-screen? Given the shift in societal perceptions of social justice and racial equity, how are media and entertainment investors and producers stepping up to meet the demand for inclusivity while also challenging stereotypes?

This session will bring together entertainment luminaries to discuss the importance of representation, and how developing workforce and artistic opportunities for traditionally disenfranchised demographics can lead to increases in the industry's bottom line.


Jimmie Briggs
Principal, Skoll Foundation


Jon Chu

Jordan Fudge
Co-Founder, New Slate Ventures

Christine Simmons
Chief Operating Officer, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Roxanne Avent Taylor
Producer and Co-Founder, Hidden Empire Film Group

Daniel Wu
Actor and Producer

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