Wednesday, April 15, 2015

An intriguing examination of “unconscious bias” and ways of countering it

 According to an April 15, 2015, Media Advisory from the Writers Guild of America. West (WGAW):

wgaw, dga, google, & Geena davis instituTe EXPLORe “UNCONSCIOUS BIAS”
in the entertainment industry at SPECIAL PANEL EVENT FEATURING
WHAT:            The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW), Directors Guild of America (DGA), Google, and the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media have joined forces to co-present a special panel event, “Exploring Unconscious Bias,” next Mon. 4/20. This thought-provoking evening will feature writers, directors, actors, and industry advocates discussing how unconscious bias affects us all – and how we can work together towards creating programming that reflects the dynamic shifts in the way we view, consume, and create media. This multi-organization, candid dialogue aims to foster diverse narratives, portrayals, and hiring practices within the industry to increase diversity in front of and behind the camera and more accurately reflect our world.

WHO:              Panelists slated to appear include: actress Geena Davis, Founder/Chair of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media; director Todd Holland, Malcolm in the Middle, The Larry Sanders Show, Co-Chair, DGA Diversity Task Force; showrunner/screenwriter Callie Khouri, Creator/Executive Producer, Nashville, Thelma & Louise; showrunner Peter Paige, Co-Creator/Executive Producer, The Fosters; showrunner Shonda Rhimes, Creator/Executive Producer, Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, Co-Chair WGAW Diversity Advisory Group; Judith Williams, Diversity Programs Manager, Google. The evening will be moderated by showrunner Glen Mazzara, Executive Producer, Damien, The Walking Dead, Co-Chair, WGAW Diversity Advisory Group.

WHEN:            MONDAY, APRIL 20, 2015

7:00 p.m.         Panel Discussion
9:00 p.m.         Reception

**No video or photography permitted.

WHERE:         Writers Guild Theater
                        135 S. Doheny Drive
                        Beverly Hills, CA 90211

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