ABOUT THE SYMPOSIUM
The Hollywood Diversity Association (HDA) hosted the Hollywood Inclusion Symposium titled “Where Do We Go From Here?” with a distinguished panel including UCLA scholars, actors, producers, writers and directors. The overarching theme of the evening was centered around moving beyond the problem with a focus on embracing a comprehensive solution.
Panelist at the HDA symposium discussed their experiences of the inclusion crisis and made suggestions and recommendations of how increase engagement of diverse talent both in front of and behind the camera with the opportunities in the film and television industry.
Keynote Speaker for the symposium was Dr. Darnell Hunt, one of the country's leading researchers at UCLA and a voice on race and media. The African-American scholar and chair of Sociology at UCLA has worked on various projects for over twenty years on the issue of access and diversity in Hollywood.
Panelists at the symposium included Iona Marie Morris (actress with roles in Robotech, Star Trek, Fantastic Four and others), Dawn Lewis (known for her role as Jaleesa Vinson-Taylor in NBC sitcom A Different World), Canadian YouTube star Paul Telner and documentary maker Osiris Castaneda.
Dr. Darnell Hunt presents ground-breaking research at HDA symposium
Keynote Speaker for the symposium was Dr. Darnell Hunt, one of the country's leading researchers at UCLA and a voice on race and media. The African-American scholar and chair of Sociology at UCLA has worked on various projects for over twenty years on the issue of access and diversity in Hollywood. Panelists at the symposium included Iona Marie Morris (actress with roles in Robotech, Star Trek, Fantastic Four and others), Dawn Lewis (known for her role as Jaleesa Vinson-Taylor in NBC sitcom A Different World), Canadian YouTube star Paul Telner and documentary maker Osiris Castaneda.
HDA Co-Founder J.R. Pittman Unveils Pittman-Burke Approach to Inclusion
HDA co-founders J.R. Pittman and Vanzil Burke came to the symposium armed with a concrete strategy to battle this inclusion crisis: The Pittman-Burke Approach to Inclusion and Diversity. Pittman and Burke unveiled how they will aggregate diverse talent using the HDA Talent App that can be used by industry executives as a pipeline to access diverse talent ranging from actors, writers, producers and directors. Additionally, the HDA Talent App will also aggregate other behind the camera talent such as camera operators and sound technicians.
HDA Symposium Testimonials
Paul Telner, Producer
Dialogue like what happened tonight is exactly what is needed if change is going to happen. I applaud the efforts of HDA and I am on board to help in any way possible.
Dawn Lewis, Actress Producer
I am very pleased to be associated with this event. We need more programs like this to make a difference in Hollywood.
Who Should Become A Member of HDA?
Create your personal online resume with head-shots and videos to be submitted by HDA to projects exclusively from network and studio diversity executives.
Networks / Studios
Post exclusive jobs on the HDA platform and hire the best qualified diverse crew and staff for any production.
Organizations and Initiatives
HDA is dedicated to uniting like minded organizations and diversity initiatives under the common goal to advocate, educate, design and develop strategies that work to collectively address all aspects of diversity in entertainment.
Create your personal online resume to submit to production jobs exclusively from network and studio diversity executives.
What Happens At HDA Meetings?
Premier face-to-face industry networking with a monthly mixer featuring guest speakers and panel. Also, candid discussions about programming strategies, future plans and priorities. HDA meetings are the perfect opportunity for making connections and doing business.
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The ongoing mandate is to identify the best new ideas, recognize top industry talent, as well as offer the forum for discussion and debate. Additionally, HDA will explore issues and uncover trends and ultimately create national networks of connected individuals that will lead to business growth and career development in the film and television community.
The mission of the Hollywood Diversity Association is to facilitate the creation of viable opportunities in the film and television sector by bridging the gap between diverse talent and industry decision makers.
All funds raised by The Hollywood Diversity Association are received by United Charitable and become the sole property of United Charitable which, for internal operating purposes, allocates the funds to the Project. The Program Manager or Donor-Advisor makes recommendations for disbursements which are reviewed by United Charitable for approval.