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5th Annual Women in Production Summit 2020
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When: Saturday, June 27th
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT
Where: United States

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5th Annual Women in Production Summit 2020

Presented by

PGA WIN (Producers Guild of America, Women’s Impact Network – Atlanta)

WIFTA (Women in Film & Television/Atlanta)

BWFN (Black Women’s Film Network)

Film Fatales (Atlanta chapter of women directors)

Alliance of Women Directors/Atlanta


Saturday, June 27th
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. EDT

This 5th Annual WIP Summit creates social connection while physically social distancing. The Summit brings the latest on Innovation, Health & Safety, and Work/Life Balance in the time of Covid-19 and amidst heightened demand for social justice and racial equality.

Organized by the Atlanta PGA WIN, WIFTA, Black Women Film Network, Film Fatales, and the Alliance of Women Directors, our mission is to make Georgia the most inclusive and women-friendly media market in the country. Atlanta is an epicenter of civil rights and it’s important to us now to be allies and support our Black members in any way we can while  providing content and strategies to move all of us forward on our chosen career paths. 



9:30 a.m. EDT - 10:00 a.m. EDT


Instructor: Leneé Cook-Braxton

Wake up. Stretch. And get your mind open for the day!

Leneé Cook-Braxton, M.S., RYT is the Founder of Holistic Performance Center, LLC, and serves on the Board of Directors for the International Association for Worksite Health Promotion. She believes that all of us have limitless potential through our unique mind-body connection.  She has a bachelor’s degree in Dance, a master’s degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Sport Psychology and is simultaneously pursuing her Ph.D. in Mind-Body Medicine and M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.


10:00 a.m. EDT - 10:10 a.m. EDT


Welcome & Introductions by Atlanta representatives of PGA WIN, Black Women Film Network, Women in Film & Television, Film Fatales, and Alliance of Women Directors.


10:10 a.m. EDT - 11:00 a.m. EDT


Speakers: TBD

Moderator: Susan Moss

Women representatives of SAG-AFTRA, the DGA, IATSE, Local 600, 479, and 600 discuss current union issues including going back to work during Covid-19 and how unions can better address racial and gender equality in the workplace.


11:00 a.m. EDT - 11:20 a.m. EDT


Speaker: Deborah Riley Draper

Deborah Riley Draper is the Atlanta Chapter Lead of Film Fatales and an award-winning filmmaker. Her documentary and book, Olympic Pride, American Prejudice, tells the untold story of 18 African Americans who defied Hitler and Jim Crow to compete in the 1936 Olympic Games. That film was a 2017 NAACP Image Awards Nominee for Outstanding Documentary. Draper adapted the screenplay and will direct Gabrielle Union in her next film, Coffee Will Make You Black.


11:20 a.m. EDT - 12:00 p.m. EDT


Speakers: Fatimah Abdullah, Ginger Tontaveetong

Fatimah Abdullah, Executive Producer at Primal Screen & Ginger Tontaveetong, Executive Director of ASIFA South discuss Digital Transformation of the Industry & Virtual Studio Productions.


12:00 p.m. EDT - 1:00 p.m. EDT


Speaker: Dr. Tiffanie Davis Henry, Relationship Expert & Psychotherapist

Moderator: Denise Hendricks, Atlanta PGA WIN Chair

Lunch presentation; followed by meditation. Dr. Tiffanie Davis Henry understands the challenges women face balancing relationships and demanding careers. Media personality, relationship expert, psychotherapist, and married mom of a toddler, Dr. Tiffanie talks about the elusive work/life balance we crave, especially during these challenging times.


1:00 p.m. EDT - 1:10 p.m. EDT


“Intersection” is a dark comedy series covering the controversial topic of gentrification. This 6-episode series tackles how race, culture, and socioeconomic differences divide our perspectives. Inspired by real stories & real people, episodes were written in a diverse, female-led writers room and the cast & crew consist of 90% women and people of color.


1:10 p.m. EDT - 1:55 p.m. EDT 


Speaker: Emily Best, Seed & Spark

Moderator: Melissa Simpson, Film Impact Georgia Executive Director

Join Emily Best, Founder and CEO of Seed&Spark, and Melissa Simpson, Executive Director of Film Impact Georgia, to talk about how Seed&Spark uses technology and innovation to support the film community, adjustments in light of the pandemic, their commitment to diversity and inclusion, and how they’re working to build equity and sustainability for the independent entertainment industry.


1:55 p.m. EDT - 2:25 p.m. EDT


Lori McCreary is President Emeritus of the Producers Guild of America (PGA) and now chairs the PGA’s Production Safety Task Force.

Lori McCreary is the CEO of Revelations Entertainment, a film and television production company she and actor Morgan Freeman founded in 1996 with a mission to produce entertainment that reveals truth. The duo first worked together on McCreary's critically acclaimed “Bopha!” (Freeman’s directorial debut) in 1992. McCreary’s film and television credits include the Award-winning Invictus, 5 Flights Up, the groundbreaking documentary film about cancer, The C Word, and Executive Producer of CBS’s hit television series Madam Secretary starring Téa Leoni. McCreary is President Emeritus of the Producers Guild of America (PGA), and now chairs the PGA’s Production Safety Task Force.


2:40 p.m. EDT - 3:15 p.m. EDT


Speakers: Tammy Hurt, Mala Sharma

Tammy Hurt, Drummer, Entrepreneur, and Recording Academy National Board of Trustees Vice-Chair digs into the state of women in music with Mala Sharma, Appointee of the Georgia Film, Music, and Digital Entertainment Commission.


3:15 p.m. EDT - 4:00 p.m. EDT


Speakers: Adrienne Becker, Yolanda T. Cochran, Ashley Jones, Lulu Zezza

How does Covid-19 affect what viewers want to see, now and in the future?


Adrienne Becker is CEO and Co-Founder of Level Forward, an entertainment company developing, producing and financing stories for screens and stages of all sizes. Through its unique model, Level Forward works to extend the opportunity and influence of creative excellence, supporting new voices and advancing economic transformation. Ms. Becker also holds Board seats with Film Fatales and Killer Content. 


Yolanda T. Cochran is the SVP Live Action Production at ViacomCBS’ Nickelodeon & Awesomeness, overseeing scripted and unscripted series, live events, and specials.She’s a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Television Academy of Arts & Sciences, Board of Directors of the PGA, and National Co-Chair of the PGA’s Women’s Impact Network (WIN). She produced Breaking the Glass, documentary short and podcast mini-series seeking solutions to gender & race challenges in the entertainment industry.


Ashley Jones is the Buzzfeed Supervising Producer of Cocoa Butter, a newly formed channel for Black content and culture that will be launching in Fall 2020. Prior to Buzzfeed, Ashley worked in Production & Development for several brands including VH1, BET, and MTV2 then at NBC in unscripted content for Oxygen, Esquire, and Wilshire Studios. In 2016, she jumped to digital content, producing for People Magazine, Twitter, and Netflix’s Rhythm & Flow.


Lulu Zezza is Production Operations Manager at Amazon Studios.  She has worked as a line producer, managed independent production companies and served as physical production executive for The Weinstein Company and New Regency Pictures. Films she has overseen include "The Reader", "Nine", "Birdman" and "The Revenant". Zezza has pioneered methodologies in digital security and data management & has earned the Certified Information Security Professional (CISSP) certification. 


4:00 p.m. EDT - 4:30 p.m. EDT


Speaker: Tananarive Due, UCLA Professor, UCLA's "The Sunken Place," EP of Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror (Shudder)

UCLA Professor and renowned writer, Dr. Tananarive Due, looks at how we, as media storytellers, are responsible for how we shape change. How do we find the courage to write and create with our own authentic voices? And then how do we find the hidden ways to move our projects forward?


By registering for this event, you will receive a calendar invitation containing the Zoom credentials.

Please note:The PGA strives to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. To request an accommodation for you or your guest, or for inquiries about accessibility, please contact Diana White at or 646-766-0770.