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Saturday, October 27 • 12:30pm - 1:45pm
#DiversitySells: The Power of Inclusive Storytelling

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After the immense box office and critical performance of films like Black Panther, Get Out, BlacKKKlansman, Okja, Crazy Rich Asians, Hostiles, Book Club, Oceans 8, Wonder Woman etc, can we all now say #diversitysells? With the inception of hashtags like #Oscarssowhite and #Metoo, are we now seeing a renaissance for more inclusive films, and more voices being sought after? How do we keep it going? Now is the time to have your unique story told.

This panel is co-presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences® Educational Initiatives and ScreenCraft Media.

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S. Craig Watkins

S. Craig Watkins is a Professor at the University of Texas, Austin, in the Moody College of Communication. Craig is also the Founding Director of the Institute for Media Innovation at the University of Texas. He received his PhD from the University of Michigan.Craig has written three books that explore the intersections between media and society. His work considers, for example, the impact of hip hop in popular culture, issues of diversity and inclusion in... Read More →

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Peter Chiarelli

writer Crazy Rich Asians
Peter Chiarelli graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle and went on to earn a Master'sdegree from the Peter Stark Producing program at the University of Southern California. He began his filmcareer at DreamWorks and during that time, he produced the short film 'Terry... Read More →
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Janine Jones-Clark

Senior Vice President Global Talent Development & Inclusion Universal Filmed Entertainment Group
Janine Jones-Clark is Senior Vice President, Global Talent Development & Inclusion for the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (UFEG), reporting to Universal Pictures Chairman Donna Langley. In this role, she is responsible for building upon the studio’s legacy of attracting and... Read More →
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Terra Potts

SVP Multicultural Marketing, Warner Bros
Terra Potts has been with Warner Bros. Pictures for eight years, beginning in 2010, and currently serves as Senior Vice President of Multicultural Marketing. She is responsible for overseeing all Marketing efforts in the Multicultural and Faith Based arenas.During her tenure with... Read More →


Saturday October 27, 2018 12:30pm - 1:45pm CDT
InterContinental Stephen F. Austin, Ballroom