THE HOLLYWOOD INCLUSION SYMPOSIUM

"WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?" 

Co-Founders J.R. Pittman / Vanzil Burke Introduce Strategy to Solve Inclusion Crisis

June 7, 2016 / Intercontinental Hotel-Century City

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.

Hollywood Inclusion Symposium Highlights

Dr. Darnell Hunt

Dr. Darnell Hunt, keynote speaker, presented detailed information about the diversity crisis in Hollywood.

Dawn Lewis

Dawn Lewis, expert panelist, passionately explained the need to recognize the accomplishments of existing industry players.

Iona Morris

Iona Morris, expert panelist, questioned the boycott of the Oscars and what message it sent throughout the industry.

Osiris Castaneda

Osiris Castaneda, expert panelist and documentary maker,  invited several students to the symposium to highlight the need to develop young talent.

Paul Telner

Paul Telner, expert panelist and producer, explained the importance of using technology as a platform to showcase your talent.

Over 75  attend

Over 75 industry notables such as Emmy Award Winning directors, MGM and NBC executives, Kelsey Scott (star in movie 12 Years A Slave), Victoria Rowell ( star in Young and The Restless) and many others.

Expert panel

HDA symposium was graced by an illustrious panel of the best in Hollywood. Dr. Hunt, Dawn Lewis, Iona Morris, Paul Telner and Osiris Castaneda.

Spirited Q & A

Comments and questions from the audience sparked further debate about the need to address Hollywood's inclusion crisis head on.

Burke & Pittman

HDA co-founders J.R. Pittman and Vanzil Burke are joined by The Next Level Brothers.

J.R. Pittman

J.R. Pittman presents the Pittman-Burke Approach to Inclusion and Diversity.

Spirited Q & A

Passionate comments of praise filled the room after the Pittman-Burke Approach to Inclusion was presented.

Luenell

Legendary comedian, Luenell, bask in the success of the symposium seeing that she is responsible for introducing J.R. Pittman and Vanzil Burke.

HDA Symposium Testimonials

Paul Telner 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 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.

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Who Should Become A Member of HDA?

  • Talent

    Create your personal online resume with head-shots and videos to be submitted by HDA to projects exclusively from network and studio diversity executives.

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    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.

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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.

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