Leading figures from entertainment and sports gather on May 19, 2021, for PaleyImpact: Salute to LGBTQ+ Pride Achievements in Television, moderated by Gio Benitez, to address the wide and diverse accomplishments of LGBTQ+ individuals. Maureen Reidy, Paley Center President and CEO, offers opening comments. Panel topics include: how gay representation on TV has influenced each of the panelists; Chaiken's decision to out herself by co-creating "The L Word" for Showtime; Cox's reaction to being the first trans performer of color to earn an Emmy nomination; why more athletes haven't come out since Collins' groundbreaking actions in 2013; how being told to be less feminine emboldened Rippon to become, in 2018, the first openly gay U.S. Olympic athlete to win a medal at the Winter Olympic Games; the press coverage that surrounded Nixon when she began dating a woman after living with a man for 15 years; and the reason that much LGBTQ+ history remains largely unknown. Participants: Ilene Chaiken, Creator, Showrunner, and Executive Producer; Jason Collins, Athlete and NBA Cares Community Activist; Laverne Cox, Actress, Producer, and Advocate; Cynthia Nixon, Actor and Advocate; Adam Rippon, Artist, Athlete, and Activist. Moderator: Gio Benitez, ABC News Correspondent. Host: Maureen Reidy, President and CEO, The Paley Center for Media.
Paley Front Row presented by Citi (2021). Stars and creatives of Netflix's "Cobra Kai" (Ralph Macchio, William Zabka, Xolo Maridueña, Mary Mouser, Courtney Henggeler, Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg) gather with moderator Perri Nemiroff to celebrate their show. Topics include: the lifelong friendship between Heald, Hurwitz, and Schlossberg and how their love of "The Karate Kid" films led to them creating a continuation of the story; the different approaches used to bring "Karate Kid" originals Macchio and Zabka on board for the series; how the show blurs the roles of hero and bully; the importance of ensuring that the spirit of the late Pat Morita (Mr. Miyagi) remains part of the production; why the return of original "Karate Kid" cast member Elisabeth Shue (Ali Mills) as a guest star came down to the wire; and Macchio's reaction to "forever being labeled" as "The Karate Kid."
Paley Front Row presented by Citi (2021). Stars of reality TV and those that write about it (Andy Cohen, Leah McSweeney, Sonja Morgan, Eboni K. Williams, Laurie Ouellette, and Dan Murphy) gather with moderator Oli Coleman to celebrate unscripted shows and their impact on our culture. Topics include: the evolution of reality TV and how it has replaced classic soap operas; if reality TV gives viewers the license to judge others; the effects of "Housewives" on pop culture; the casting process for "Housewives"; how "Housewives" cast members deal with suddenly being recognized on the street and how they react to fans that both celebrate and demean them; Cohen's feeling that he's responsible for shepherding cast members through "the ups and downs" of production; how the pandemic affected "Housewives" cast members while shooting; and Ouellette's thoughts on what's ahead for unscripted television shows.
This program is made possible by generous support from John H. Josephson and Carolina F. Zapf. The cast and creatives of Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale" gather on April 13, 2021, for PaleyImpact: Female Empowerment in the Age of The Handmaid's Tale, moderated by Paola Ramos, to address how the show's new storylines will explore the current conversations about women's rights and the need to amplify women's voices. Maureen Reidy, Paley Center President and CEO, offers opening comments. Panel topics include: how Moss prepared for June's metamorphosis from one of Gilead's oppressed into a rebel leader in season four; if Dowd can easily detach herself from playing the villainous Lydia when the cameras stop rolling; how America's real-life political climate has impacted the writers' depiction of Gilead's dystopia; subsequent projects undertaken by cast members which reflect their embrace of gender equality; how the show's fictional women warriors reflect the battle of real-life warriors like Stacey Abrams; and the significance of continuing conversations around the show's look at the fight for female empowerment. Participants: Elisabeth Moss, "June Osborne"/"Offred" and Executive Producer; Joseph Fiennes, "Fred Waterford"; Yvonne Strahovski, "Serena Joy Waterford"; Ann Dowd, "Aunt Lydia"; Bruce Miller, Showrunner and Executive Producer; Warren Littlefield, Executive Producer. Moderator: Paola Ramos, Host and Correspondent, VICE News. Host: Maureen Reidy, President and CEO, The Paley Center for Media.
Leading figures from journalism, entertainment, sports, and culture gather on April 19, 2021, for PaleyImpact: Media's Role in Combating Hate and Violence Towards Asians and Pacific Islanders, moderated by Cassidy Hubbarth, to address the recent series of brutal attacks on these groups in America, and to discuss the country's ongoing need for diversity and representation in all aspects of our culture. Maureen Reidy, Paley Center President and CEO, offers opening comments. Panel topics include: the importance of helping all Asian Americans to have pride in their heritage; many Asians' tendency to assimilate in America, despite the ongoing need to spotlight their unique qualities; the significance of Chu directing "Crazy Rich Asians," a major 2018 Hollywood production, which highlighted his own identity crisis; why Asian Americans have yet to be recognized as an evolving political and economic power; studio producers' practice of continually misrepresenting the Asian community; and why Lin takes himself to task for not doing enough to break down Asian American barriers and combat prejudice during his "Linsanity" days with the New York Knicks. Participants: Jon M. Chu, Filmmaker; Eddie Huang, Writer, Director, and Chef; Ken Jeong, Actor, Comedian, and Producer; Susan Li, FOX Business Correspondent; Jeremy Lin, NBA Champion; Olivia Munn, Actress and Activist; Charles Yu, Author, Interior Chinatown. Moderator: Cassidy Hubbarth, ESPN NBA Reporter and Host. Host: Maureen Reidy, President and CEO, The Paley Center for Media.
PaleyFest LA 2021 sponsored by Citi and Verizon. Stars and creatives of CBS's Evil (Mike Colter, Michael Emerson, Kurt Fuller, Katja Herbers, Christine Lahti, Aasif Mandvi, Robert King, and Michelle King) gather with moderator Whoopi Goldberg at PaleyFest LA 2021 to celebrate their show. Topics include: tackling real-life evil and the "growing unease" in society; skeptical Ben (played by Aasif Mandvi) as a "grounding force" for the other characters; Emerson's (Leland Townsend) love of playing complex, mysterious villains; occasional moments of levity within scary stories; ghostly incidents from the actors' real lives; encounters with fans who take the show too seriously; hints about season two, including the fate of serial killer Orson LeRoux and the return of various demonic creatures; the series' scariest moments, particularly scenes involving children in peril; and how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the production.
PaleyFest LA 2021 sponsored by Citi and Verizon. Stars and creatives of Apple TV+'s Ted Lasso (Bill Lawrence, Jason Sudeikis, Brendan Hunt, Brett Goldstein, Hannah Waddingham, Juno Temple, Phil Dunster, Nick Mohammed, and Jeremy Swift) gather with moderator Patton Oswalt at PaleyFest LA 2021 to celebrate their show. Topics include: Sudeikis's (Ted Lasso) initial pitch for the show, and how Lawrence was shocked by the comedy's "surprising emotional depth and pathos"; Sudeikis having found inspiration for complex comic characters from the BBC version of "The Office"; the benefit of cutting more jokes than storylines as the episodes progressed; why the cast feels like a theatrical company; Dunster's secret for playing the off-putting Jamie without judgment; Temple (Keely Jones) and Waddingham's (Rebecca Welton) reaction to the writers' refusal to pit female characters against each other; and why Lawrence's children prefer the show to his earlier hit series, "Spin City."
James Corden says Paul McCartney got "cold feet" several times before he was convinced to join the segment filmed in the Beatle's native Liverpool
PaleyFest LA 2021 sponsored by Citi and Verizon. Stars and creatives of HBO's Lovecraft Country (Misha Green, Jurnee Smollett, Michael Kenneth Williams, Aunjanue Ellis, Wunmi Mosaku, Jamie Chung, and Abbey Lee) gather with moderator Dominic Patten at PaleyFest LA 2021 to celebrate their show. Topics include: Green's delight in reclaiming the supernatural genre for people of color; what factors drew her to adapt Matt Ruff's novel for HBO; the difficulty of interweaving disparate storylines while consistently putting Black principals in unconventional settings; Smollett's ability to channel her ancestors' emotions into Leti via "blood memories"; Mosaku's (Ruby Baptiste) shock at learning the surprise twist for her character; how the protagonists' physical and emotional changes parallel larger societal issues; and Ellis's (Hippolyta Freeman) satisfaction in transforming "virulent racist" H.P. Lovecraft's concepts into a liberating experience for Blacks.
PaleyFest LA 2021 sponsored by Citi and Verizon. The host and creatives of CBS's The Late Late Show with James Corden (James Corden, Ben Winston, and Rob Crabbe) gather with moderator Andrew Rannells at PaleyFest LA 2021 to celebrate their show. Topics include: why British-born Corden's lack of fame in the United States proved a positive in his hosting duties; how the first episode defined everything that followed on the show; the goal to make a nightly variety show rather than a late-night talk show; producers' initial difficulty with booking A-list stars, and how they solved the problem; the origins of Carpool Karaoke; why Paul McCartney is Corden's all-time favorite Carpool Karaoke participant; if the writers purposely pen segments that they think will go viral; and why rapper Rick Ross walked off without a word to Corden amidst a parody of his hit song "Hustlin'."
PaleyFest LA 2021 sponsored by Citi and Verizon. Stars and creatives of ABC's The Good Doctor (David Shore, Erin Gunn, Freddie Highmore, Hill Harper, Antonia Thomas, Paige Spara, and Fiona Gubelmann) gather with moderator Chancellor Agard at PaleyFest LA 2021 to celebrate their show. Topics include: Highmore's (Dr. Shaun Murphy) increased feeling of pride in playing a doctor after witnessing healthcare workers' self-sacrificing actions during the pandemic; why executive producers Shore and Gunn felt it was necessary to address the global pandemic, without making COVID-19 the show's focus; the inspiration for the exploration of racial bias in the hospital; Harper's (Dr. Marcus Andrews) unexpected response when observing four Black characters interacting on a "non-Black show"; the number of strong female characters that drive each episode's plots; and cast members' recollections of being directed by Highmore.
PaleyFest LA 2021 sponsored by Citi and Verizon. Stars and creatives of ABC's Big Sky (Ross Fineman, Matthew Gross, Katheryn Winnick, Kylie Bunbury, John Carroll Lynch, Brian Geraghty, Jesse James Keitel, Natalie Alyn Lind, Jade Pettyjohn, Valerie Mahaffey, and Brooke Smith) gather with moderator Maureen Lee Lenker at PaleyFest LA 2021 to celebrate their show. Topics include: how executive producer/creator David E. Kelley has made the show's complex characters more of an allure than the thrill-oriented plots; the amount of shocking twists put into each episode, all of which end with a cliffhanger; viewer reactions when Ryan Phillippe's character of Cody Hoyt, the nominal lead, was killed at the end of the premiere episode; the effect of veteran actor Lynch (Rick Legarski) on his co-stars; how feelings of isolation while filming in British Columbia quickly created an on-set "work family"; and the surprising amount of singing which Kelley injects into a decidedly non-musical show.
PaleyFest LA 2021 sponsored by Citi and Verizon. Stars and an executive producer of Netflix's The Queen's Gambit (William Horberg, Anya Taylor-Joy, Marielle Heller, Moses Ingram, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Harry Melling, and Bill Camp) gather with moderator Stacey Wilson Hunt at PaleyFest LA 2021 to celebrate their show. Topics include: how countless producers dismissed making a film of Walter Tevis's 1983 novel about a self-destructive female chess player, calling it "non-commercial"; the word-of-mouth campaign that led to the mini-series becoming a phenomenon for Netflix; Taylor-Joy's (Beth Harmon) decision to sign on without reading a script due to her love of the book; the reaction of theater veteran Camp (Mr. Shaibel) to finding himself with a new fan base after the show's success; Melling (Harry Beltik), Brodie-Sangster (Benny Watts), and Taylor-Joy becoming chess devotees after learning to play for the mini-series; and how the show caused a newfound popularity for the game of chess, and skyrocketing sales of chess boards.
PaleyFest LA 2021 sponsored by Citi and Verizon. Stars and creatives of FX's What We Do in the Shadows (Paul Simms, Stefani Robinson, Kayvan Novak, Matt Berry, Natasia Demetriou, Harvey Guillén, and Mark Proksch) gather with moderator Kyle Newacheck at PaleyFest LA 2021 to celebrate their show. Topics include: how the well-regarded first season blossomed into the universally acclaimed second season; creator Jemaine Clement's insistence on shooting the show strictly like a documentary; what inspired Novak to come up with an otherworldly Polish accent for Nandor; Guillén's (Guillermo) delight at being a symbol of pride and inspiration for the LGBTQ+ and Latinx communities; Demetriou's reaction to winning a best actress award as the volatile Nadja at the Critics' Choice Super Awards; and the cast and crew's less-than-enthusiastic reaction to the vampire-themed "Twilight" novels and films.
PaleyFest LA 2021 sponsored by Citi and Verizon. Stars and creatives of HBO's Six Feet Under (Alan Ball, Robert Greenblatt, David Janollari, Alan Poul, Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, Lauren Ambrose, Frances Conroy, Freddy Rodriguez, and Rachel Griffiths) gather with moderator Lynette Rice at PaleyFest LA 2021 to celebrate their show and its twentieth anniversary. Topics include: how Ball's time as a youth in funeral homes influenced the pilot script; Ball's secret for creating indelible characters; the on-set practical jokes involving "cadavers"; how the ongoing relationship between Michael C. Hall's David and Mathew St. Patrick's Keith proved groundbreaking; Ball's determination to write female characters that weren't defined by the men in their lives; the stereotype-free depiction of Latinx leads Freddy Rodriguez's Rico and Justina Machado's Vanessa; how Ball planned the memorable series finale; and the show's effectiveness twenty years later.
Prominent women from government, sports, business, entertainment, journalism, and culture gather on March 2, 2021, for PaleyIMPACT: Choosing to Challenge: How Women Are Leading the Way, moderated by Alicia Menendez, to discuss the role media plays in providing a platform to raise awareness, inspire, lead, and set an example for all women. Maureen Reidy, Paley Center President and CEO, offers opening comments. Panel topics include: the ongoing need for more women to become executives at major companies; how women continue to be affected by ageism; why women wanting to build a fulfilling existence must surround themselves with supportive individuals; why women's self-perception is more important than likability; how COVID-19 has resulted in women's lowest participation in the national workforce since 1978; the lessons that women in the 21st century can learn from Underground Railroad heroine Harriet Tubman; and where each of the panelists think that a similar conversation about women will focus in five years' time. Participants: Misty Copeland, Ballerina, Author, and Philanthropist; Cynthia Erivo, Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award-Winning Actor, Singer, and Producer; Norah O'Donnell, Anchor and Managing Editor, CBS Evening News; Julie Foudy, espnW Writer, ESPN Soccer Commentator, and Two-Time World Cup Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist; Val Demings, U.S. Representative from Florida; Phylicia Rashad, Actor and Director; Rita Moreno, Actor and Activist. Moderator: Alicia Menendez, Anchor, MSNBC's American Voices with Alicia Menendez. Host: Maureen Reidy, President and CEO, The Paley Center for Media.
Ava DuVernay also explains how her show is a training ground for Black women.
Paley Front Row presented by Citi (2021). Stars and the creator of OWN's Queen Sugar (Ava DuVernay, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Kofi Siriboe, and Rutina Wesley) gather with moderator Michele Norris at Paley's Black History Month celebration to salute their show and Black Achievements in Television. Topics include: DuVernay's decision to rewrite the fifth season to reflect how the Black community was affected by COVID-19 and racial unrest stemming from George Floyd's murder; why it was considered crucial to put the show's beloved characters in 2020's stressful situations; how the setting's Louisiana sugarcane farm affects all the storylines; the off-screen dynamics of "siblings" Wesley, Gardner, and Siriboe; the use of Black female directors and writers on the show; and DuVernay's hope that the new season's headline-inspired episodes will make viewers appreciate having survived 2020's horrors.
Leaders from journalism, public policy, media, and culture gather on January 27, 2021, for PaleyIMPACT: The Media’s Role in Combating Holocaust Denial, Misinformation, and Antisemitism, moderated by Paula Zahn, in honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, to discuss the media's vital role in fighting the rise of antisemitism and Holocaust denial. Maureen Reidy, Paley Center President and CEO, offers opening comments. Panel topics include: Eva Schloss's recollections of how friends and neighbors in her native Austria turned on her family in 1938, resulting in her being transported to Auschwitz; Schloss's thoughts on the emotional toll taken on her stepfather, Otto Frank (father of Anne Frank), when confronting Holocaust deniers after World War II's end; how social media allows hate groups to flourish; Facebook's recent ban on those who distort the history of the Holocaust; the necessity of continually magnifying Holocaust survivors' stories; the media's lack of coverage over a Camp Auschwitz shirt worn by one of the rioters that stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6; and the need for mandatory Holocaust education for all American students.
Leading executives and personalities from the NFL, EA, ESPN, and Verizon gather on January 21, 2021, for PaleyIMPACT: Changing the Game: The NFL Pro Bowl Goes Virtual, moderated by MJ Acosta-Ruiz, to discuss the historical and groundbreaking intersection of pro football, TV, gaming/interactive entertainment, technology, and popular culture involved in the 2021 NFL Pro Bowl. Maureen Reidy, Paley Center President and CEO, offers opening comments. Panel topics include: ways in which the NFL responded to the COVID-19 pandemic; the significance of the Pro Bowl to the NFL community; Steve Young's feelings on how participating in the Pro Bowl is a career-defining moment; what will be unique about Pro Bowl 2021; how Madden NFL 21 is being utilized in the Pro Bowl; Stephanie Druley's enthusiasm for how the Pro Bowl personalizes its players; what the past season has been like from the players' and coaches' perspectives; reaction to players having used their platform in the last year to talk about social injustice and amplify marginalized voices; and the panelists' favorite moments from the past season's games. Participants: Stephanie Druley, EVP, Studio and Event Production, ESPN; John Nitti, Senior Vice President and Chief Media Officer, Verizon; Peter O'Reilly, EVP, Club Business and League Events, NFL; David Tinson, CMO, EA; Steve Young, Pro Football Hall of Famer and NFL Analyst, ESPN. Moderator: MJ Acosta-Ruiz, Host, NFL Total Access. Host: Maureen Reidy, President and CEO, The Paley Center for Media.
Paley Front Row presented by Citi (2021). Stars and creators of Fox's Prodigal Son (Tom Payne, Michael Sheen, Bellamy Young, Lou Diamond Phillips, Halston Sage, Aurora Perrineau, Keiko Agena, Frank Harts, Chris Fedak, and Sam Sklaver) gather with moderator Kevin Frazier to celebrate their show. Topics include: how COVID-19 affected season one, including their relief at having shot the finale first; the shocking twist in which Ainsley became her killer father's "child #1"; Jessica and Gil's complicated relationship; Dani's father/daughter bond with mentor Gil; Edrisa's sense of humor in disturbing scenarios; hints about an upcoming moment deemed "the funniest scene so far"; how the "twisted" writers invent unique and creative murders for each episode; Sheen's encounters with eager Welsh fans while in lockdown; Sage's study of Barbara Walters' interview tactics for Ainsley; Payne's awe at how much the show "can get away with"; the challenge of rehearsing together while safely masked; and assurances that the show won't be "subtle" with answers and reveals in season two.
Paley Front Row presented by Citi (2020). Creators of Netflix's Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (John Legend, David E. Talbert, Lyn Sisson-Talbert, and Mike Jackson) gather with moderator Tre'Vell Anderson to celebrate their movie. Topics include: director/screenwriter Talbert's 20-year plan to make a fantasy film with a predominantly black cast and crew while expressing a universal message; producer Sisson-Talbert and Talbert's desire to give their son a holiday classic in which "he could see himself"; incorporating an "Afro Victorian look" for the costumes; why producer Jackson dramatically changed his thinking on the use of "natural hair styles with a period flair"; composer/producer Legend's struggle to write a song to accommodate the differing vocal ranges of leads Forest Whitaker and Anika Noni Rose; and hopes for the film to be the predecessor of "great black holiday musicals."
Longoria was moved by her sister's reason for wanting to meet the pope.
Paley Front Row 2020 Presented by Citi. Stars of BET+'s Tyler Perry's Ruthless (Melissa L. Williams, Matt Cedeño, Lenny Thomas, Blue Kimble, Yvonne Senat Jones, and Nirine S. Brown) gather with moderator Tonja Renée Stidhum at Paley Front Row 2020 to celebrate their show. Topics include: how they've spent their quarantine time; Cedeño's in-depth conversations with Perry about his complex character; the cast's strong bond and the very speedy filming process; Jones' praise for Perry's dynamic female characters, like those of Tennessee Williams; descriptions of the strictly COVID-compliant set; why Perry trusts the actors "almost too much" to make logical character choices; audience reactions to the memorable Dikhan and Andrew scene; hints about the upcoming second half of the first season; and fun memories of "the blackest moment on set."
Global leaders gather for Paley International Council Summit 2020: Globally Connected: Media in the 21st Century, on November 11, 2020, to hear a discussion of "How Does Technology Solve the Big Issues?" When it comes to the digital world, access is only the beginning. While socioeconomic disparities have been amplified by the growing digital divide, companies like Verizon are investing in technology that promises to build a future of inclusion. By supporting digital inclusion initiatives, organizations enable individuals and communities to develop the knowledge and skills they need to thrive in the digital age. How can access to connectivity and 5G technology help bridge the gap and provide better opportunity, remote learning and healthcare? Speakers: Tami Erwin, CEO, Verizon Business; Edmund Lee, Corporate Media Reporter, The New York Times; Yara Shahidi, Actress, Producer & Change Agent.