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."
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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.
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 "The Road to Recovery for the Media Business and the Broader Economy." COVID-19 accelerated the disruption that media companies were already facing and the crisis raised a number of unique challenges for the industry in particular. Despite that, or perhaps as a result of it, the industry also has the ability to uniquely adapt, lifted by the growing demand for entertainment, information and community. On the road to recovery, what and where are the revenue opportunities and how does the media business re-shape itself to survive and ultimately thrive within the broader economy? Speakers: Raymond J. McGuire, Former Vice Chairman, Citigroup; Former Chairman, Banking, Capital Markets & Advisory, Citigroup; Faiza J. Saeed, Presiding Partner, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP.
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 "Combatting Global Threats: What Everyone Needs to Know From INTERPOL." As more and more of our personal and financial data migrates online, the risk of cybercrime has increased exponentially. From ransomware attacks to ensuring data security, INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock shares his thoughts on the biggest global security challenges that companies and individuals face today. Speakers: David Sanger, National Security Correspondent & Senior Writer, The New York Times; Jürgen Stock, Secretary General, INTERPOL.
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 "A Powerhouse with Global Reach." David Zaslav will share insights about Discovery’s strategic transformation into a global IP company as one of the world’s leaders in real-life entertainment, with massive international reach and local content ownership in more than 200 markets. With other industry players and SVOD services focused on scripted content, Discovery leads the way in the unscripted space, and popular verticals with universal consumer appeal. The company’s low-cost, nimble production model, which enabled a range of innovations during the COVID lockdowns, differentiates its strategy, drives its brand portfolio and establishes the foundation for its global DTC ambitions. Speakers: Andrew Ross Sorkin, Columnist, New York Times; Co-Anchor, CNBC’s Squawk Box; David Zaslav, President & CEO, Discovery, Inc.
Global leaders gather for Paley International Council Summit 2020: Globally Connected: Media in the 21st Century, on November 10, 2020, to hear a discussion of "The Rules of the Game Have Changed: The Brave New World of Sports." The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the sports world to reinvent itself in real time. As they so often have in challenging times, professional sports leagues have roared back to life with unprecedented steps to bolster fan engagement, ensure player safety and innovate their revenue models. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, MLB Commissioner Robert Manfred, and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will share how they are meeting the needs of a society craving normalcy and recreating the shared experience of cheering for one's favorite players. Speakers: Gary B. Bettman, Commissioner, National Hockey League; Robert D. Manfred, Jr., Commissioner, Major League Baseball; Adam Silver, Commissioner, National Basketball Association; Mike Tirico, Host & Play-by-Play, NBC Sports Group.
Global leaders gather for Paley International Council Summit 2020: Globally Connected: Media in the 21st Century, on November 10, 2020, to hear a discussion of "The Radically New Landscape of Journalism." Keeping people all over the world informed has never been more crucial or posed a greater challenge than it has in 2020. A global pandemic, the racial injustice movement, high-stakes elections, an influx of fake news, limited access to information, and plummeting ad revenues have placed demands on newsrooms of an unmatched scope and scale. Offering global perspectives on the business of news, this panel of industry leaders will offer their reflections on the new landscape of journalism and provide an analysis on the impact of current events. Speakers: Mathias Dopfner, CEO, Axel Springer SE; Sophie Huet, Global Editor-in-Chief, AFP; Paul-Bernhard Kallen, Chairman & CEO, Hubert Burda Media; John Micklethwait, Editor-in-Chief, Bloomberg News; Gideon Rose, Editor, Foreign Affairs.
Global leaders gather for Paley International Council Summit 2020: Globally Connected: Media in the 21st Century, on November 10, 2020, to hear a discussion of "Collaborating to Confront a Crisis: The Power of Partnerships." Following Opening Remarks from Maureen J. Reidy and Frank A. Bennack, Jr., and a video overview of Paley initiatives, Mike Bloomberg addresses how leaders can work together to help public health and the economy. Speakers: Frank A. Bennack, Jr., Executive Vice Chairman & Former CEO, Hearst; Chairman, The Paley Center for Media; Maureen J. Reidy, President & CEO, The Paley Center for Media; Mike R. Bloomberg, Founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and Bloomberg LP; 108th Mayor of New York City.
Global leaders gather for Paley International Council Summit 2020: Globally Connected: Media in the 21st Century, on November 10, 2020, to hear a discussion of "The Future of Broadband." Broadband has never been more critical than it has been in 2020. From staying connected to family and friends to working remotely to distance learning and telemedicine, access to a reliable and fast network has become an essential need. In a crisis, focusing on priorities with a growth mindset to meet business and consumer demands has been a driving force. What does the future of broadband hold? Speakers: Dexter Goei, CEO, Altice USA; Craig Moffett, Partner & Senior Research Analyst, MoffettNathanson Research; Brad Smith, President, Microsoft.
Presented by Citi. Journalists, educators, and financial and political strategists gather for PaleyIMPACT: The Role of Media in Economic Equality, on October 29, 2020, moderated by Shomari Wills, to discuss why minorities have suffered disproportionate economic and health hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how the media can help change that situation. Maureen Reidy, Paley Center President and CEO, offers opening comments. Topics include: if the media has sufficiently addressed "the staggering wealth gap" between the average white and black household; why economic issues are generating "venomous heat" across America; remote learning that disproportionately affects brown and black children without tools for Internet access; the growing number of uninsured minorities that require health care and can't afford it; if the media is limited in what it can accomplish after spotlighting the racially based financial chasm; and whether the 2020 presidential election will lead to greater economic equality.Participants: Bertha Coombs, Reporter, CNBC; William A. Darity Jr., Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies, and Economics / Director, Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity, Duke University; Ana Navarro, Political Strategist and Commentator, CNN, Telemundo, and ABC's The View; and David Robinson, Cofounder, Admiral Capital Group / NBA Hall of Famer.Moderator: Shomari Wills, Journalist and Writer.Host: Maureen Reidy, President and CEO, The Paley Center for Media.
Presented by Citi. Stars and creatives of The CW's All American (Taye Diggs, Daniel Ezra, Greta Onieogou, Samantha Logan, Michael Evans Behling, Karimah Westbrook, Monet Mazur, Bre-Z, Cody Christian, Jalyn Hall, Chelsea Tavares, Greg Berlanti, Nkechi Okoro Carroll, and Robbie Rogers) gather with moderator Albert Lawrence at PaleyFest NY 2020 to celebrate their show. Topics include: what makes the show stand out to Berlanti from the sundry other shows that he produces; Diggs' satisfaction in his young son initially watching the show for football sequences and getting sucked in by its drama; Monet's belief that themes on racism have resounded with viewers due to the Black Lives Matter movement; the double meaning of the show's title; the writers' refusal to wrap up "difficult" sub-plots quickly; producers' battle to rein in cast members from doing stunts themselves while in uniform on the football field; and how season three will "push the envelope" like never before.
Presented by Citi. Stars and co-creator of Adult Swim's Rick and Morty (Dan Harmon, Chris Parnell, Sarah Chalke, and Spencer Grammer) gather with moderator Michael Schneider at PaleyFest NY 2020 to celebrate their show. Topics include: "dramatic improvements" to the creative process in the COVID-19 lockdown; Chalke's views on the Beth/Space Beth clone storyline and what it means for the story; the show's impressive 70-episode pickup; finding new sides to Jerry, including his increased bond with Rick; avoiding "Flanderization"; the gradual development of Summer and Rick's complex sibling relationship; favorite moments, including an appearance by Werner Herzog as an alien; the viral popularity of "snake jazz"; cryptic hints about seasons five and six; and the strangely addictive challenge of breaking stories and overthinking their outlandish details. Watch Rick and Morty Sundays on Adult Swim or Stream seasons 1-3 on HBO Max now. All of Season 4 will be available on HBO Max Nov 1.
Presented by Citi. Stars and creatives of Amazon Prime's The Boys (Karl Urban, Chace Crawford, Erin Moriarty, Jessie T. Usher, Laz Alonzo, Karen Fukuhara, Aya Cash, Stephan Fleet, and LJ Shannon) gather with moderator Melissa Fumero at PaleyFest NY 2020 to celebrate their show. Topics include: Urban's reaction to the game-changing season two finale; why Moriarty finds fight scenes cathartic; what went into Fleet's epic sequence involving a power boat's gut-spewing collision with a fabricated whale; elements of the show that prove "sadly relevant" due to recent headlines; Crawford and Fumero's memories of working together a decade ago on TV's "Gossip Girl"; Alonso's shock at discovering last-minute script changes for his character's intimate encounter with an X-rated adversary; and the panelists' choices for the most outrageous scenes that didn't make the final cut.
Presented by Citi. Stars and creator of ABC's A Million Little Things (DJ Nash, Romany Malco, Allison Miller, Christina Moses, and Grace Park) gather with moderator Megan Vick at PaleyFest NY 2020 to celebrate their show. Topics include: Regina and Rome's mixed feelings about the loss of their would-be adopted baby; Maggie's "brand new day" as she heads to Oxford University; her potential future with Gary; season three's main theme of recovery; the decision to address difficult 2020 themes like COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter; Malco's pride in the show's responsible storytelling; their hopes for the audience to "feel seen" by the show and to embrace vulnerability; co-star Floriana Lima's promotion to series regular as Gary's new love interest, Darcy; and their favorite lines of dialogue from season three.
Presented by Citi. Stars and creator of Netflix's Girlfriends (Mara Brock Akil, Golden Brooks, Persia White, Tracee Ellis Ross, Jill Marie Jones, and Reggie Hayes) gather with moderator Joi-Marie McKenzie at PaleyFest NY 2020 to celebrate their show. Topics include: the show's debut on the "global stage" of Netflix on its 20th anniversary; the show's timeliness and relevance, despite some now-outdated fashion choices; breaking down the limited stereotype of the "strong Black woman" with no flaws; Akil's insistence on casting Black women of all different skin tones (and astrological signs); why feeling undervalued by the network actually allowed them more creative freedom; adding dimension and personal growth to their characters, including through their friendships; passing the Bechdel Test; the show as "one vision with many voices"; the advantage of social media as the new "word-of-mouth"; and thoughts on a potential movie adaptation.
Presented by Citi. Creatives of AMC's Eli Roth's History of Horror (Eli Roth and Quentin Tarantino) gather with moderator Clark Collis at PaleyFest NY 2020 to celebrate their show. Topics include: how Roth got the idea to "capture the stories of horror auteurs"; why Tarantino wanted to be a regular on the series; the joys of spotlighting virtually unknown horror films that were unappreciated upon their release; what proved the stuff of nightmares for Roth and Tarantino when growing up; what makes gore-filled "slasher films" so alluring to Tarantino; if horror films consistently reflect the anxieties of the times in which they were made; the effect of popular TV shows like "The Walking Dead" and "Lovecraft Country" on horror films; and the perfect horror films to watch on Halloween night.
Presented by Citi. Stars and creatives of HBO's The Undoing (Susanne Bier, Edgar Ramirez, Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant, Noma Dumezweni, Ismael Cruz Cordova, Matilda De Angelis, and Noah Jupe) gather with moderator Kristen Baldwin at PaleyFest NY 2020 to celebrate their show. Topics include: Bier's interest in exploring hidden secrets between close partners; Haley's "absolute power" within the Fraser family; Kidman's reunion with "Cold Mountain" dad Donald Sutherland; co-star Michael Devine's insights as a real-life NYPD detective; depicting New York City's "inaccessible" world of wealth and class; Grant's eccentric suggestions for his character; praise for David E. Kelley's strong scripts and Anthony Dod Mantle's cinematography; Grace's success as a therapist and the impossibility of analyzing herself; creating a "dark fairy tale" via wardrobe and geography; and the show's shocking week-by-week reveals, not unlike those of "I May Destroy You."
Presented by Citi. Star and creatives of TBS's Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (Samantha Bee, Alison Camillo, Allana Harkin, and Mike Rubens) gather with moderator Reshma Gopaldas at PaleyFest NY 2020 to celebrate their show. Topics include: the difficulty of writing topical, timely material for upcoming shows when news is constantly changing; the balancing act of choosing topics to both amuse and motivate viewers; the amount of written material which is thrown out on a daily basis; the unique challenge of covering presidential elections; why Harkin and Rubens have stayed with the show since it began; the "serious nature" of making and writing jokes; Camillo becoming inured to working all-nighters to update ever-shifting news stories; and why the concept of "conservative feminism" leaves Bee "sickened." The views and opinions expressed by the individual participants in the programming are those of the individual participants and do not reflect the official policy or position of The Paley Center for Media or the sponsors of the programming.