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Dubbed “The Black Sundance,” the Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF) is an annual 4-day celebration of Black Cinema drawing together established filmmakers, popular film and TV stars, writers, directors, industry executives, emerging artists, and diverse audiences from Southern California and around the world. HBFF’s INFOTAINMENT CONFERENCE features a wealth of informational panels and workshops covering a wide variety of topics which include: film production, distribution and marketing, pitching, writing for television and film, in addition to specific programs designed to inform and educate actors.

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Friday, October 26 • 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Bringing Diversity To Show Business: Talent Diversity

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There are a multitude of business opportunities in the studio and network systems for talent in the areas of acting, directing, writing and producing. However, there are also behind the scenes jobs ranging from accounting, development, graphic design, legal and printing services to marketing, video production and editing. This session is geared toward up and coming creative and business professionals who want to learn the secrets to obtaining opportunities to share your talent to the major studios and networks.

Diversity executives from NBC, CBS, ABC, WB & the WGA will discuss how to be seen by studios/networks. They will answer a wide range of questions including: What does it take to be taken seriously by the studios/networks? How to cultivate contacts within the studio and network systems? How does a studio/network go about selecting diverse talent? How can diversity representatives help me? How do I meet and find the right advocates within the studio and network?


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David Brownstein

Career Coach and Executive Coach, Hollywood Coaching
David Brownstein, PCC, CPCC, is a well known career coach, executive coach and leadership consultant based in Los Angeles, CA. | | He has coached creatives, executives, producers, directors, writers and others at ABC-TV, NBC-TV, CBS-TV, Sony Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Myspace, Touchstone Television, Warner Brothers Television, The Walt Disney Company, HBO, E! Entertainment, Bravo, MTV Networks, ICM, WME, Google, BBC-TV, British Telecom... Read More →
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Karen Horne

Vice President, Entertainment Diversity Programs, NBC Entertainment and Universal Television
Karen Horne is responsible for overseeing primetime diversity programs for NBC and Universal Television. She heads NBC’s Writers on the Verge Program and the Director Fellowship Program while overseeing NBC's Diversity Staffing Initiative and NBC's Content creator program with the Canadian Film Centre, and working with the creative programming team to identify diverse development. Horne went to NBC from Loud Paint Entertainment, where... Read More →
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Christopher Mack

Vice President, Warner Bros. Workshop, Warner Bros.
Christopher Mack is the Vice President of the Warner Bros. Workshop, where he has worked the past six years.  In addition to the Workshop, Mack covers Two and Half Men and Smallville for the Current Programs department.   Prior to working at Warner Bros., Mack spent seven years writing on various one hour dramas including, ER, The Practice and The New Twilight Zone.  He also created a Saturday morning show for NBC titled Skate and... Read More →
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Robert Mendez

Senior Vice-President, Disney/ABC Television Group
Robert Mendez was named Senior Vice President, Diversity, Disney │ ABC Television Group (DATG) in November 2005.In his role, Mendez is responsible for advancing diversity strategies for the various properties within DATG, including the ABC Television Network, ABC Studios, Disney Channel Worldwide, SOAPnet, Toon Disney, Disney XD, ABC Family and Walt Disney Television Animation, among others. | He also serves as DATG’s key liaison on... Read More →
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Kimberly Myers

Director of Diversity, Writers Guild of America, West
Kimberly Myers began her career in the film industry in New York City. After a stint at “Saturday Night Live” producing short films and as an executive at Showtime, she moved to WNET, the New York public television station where she became Director of Drama, producing dozens of programs for the series “Great Performances” and “American Playhouse”. | In Los Angeles she has worked as both a studio executive and as a producer... Read More →
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Tiffany Smith-Anoa'i

Vice-President, Entertainment Diversity & Communications, CBS
A native of Los Angeles, Tiffany N. Smith-Anoa’i has over 20 years of experience as a creative and dedicated communications professional.   | Smith-Anoa’i joined CBS Entertainment as a Senior Publicist for primetime series in 2000.  Currently Smith-Anoa’i serves as Vice President, Entertainment Diversity & Communications.  In this position, she is directly responsible for the development and execution of... Read More →

Friday October 26, 2012 1:45pm - 2:45pm
W Hotel, Great Room 1 & 2 6250 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood CA 90028

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