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February 9, 2017
Dear NAMIC Supporter:

This week, NAMIC invites our readers to join us in saluting content diversity. In this edition of Diversity Digest, NAMIC spotlights The Walter Kaitz Foundation's Hollywood Creative Forum 8.0, which takes place February 21-22, 2017, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. A two-day, exclusive conference, the Hollywood Creative Forum is a flagship initiative presented by the Walter Kaitz Foundation to enhance its ongoing effort to advocate, promote and drive industry-wide diversity. The Hollywood Creative Forum advances diversity and inclusion behind the camera by connecting content creators of color with established industry executives to share ideas, network and collaborate.

Check out the special column below from David M. Porter, Jr., Ph.D., Executive Director, Walter Kaitz Foundation and click here for more information.

As we continue to educate, advocate and empower for multi-ethnic diversity in the communications industry, remember these upcoming leadership and professional development program dates:

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Susan Waldman 
Senior Manager, Membership and Publications
In This Issue

The Walter Kaitz Foundation's Hollywood Creative Forum 8.0

by David M. Porter, Jr., Ph.D., Executive Director, Walter Kaitz Foundation

This year's  Golden Globe Awards were heralded as the most diverse in the awards show's 74-year history. Seeking to shed the deleterious  #oscarsowhite hashtag from 2016, the Golden Globes garnered 'thumbs up' from content creator and actor, Larry Wilmore, who declared Yo,  @goldenglobes is woke! Golden Globe nominee, Riz Ahmed, who portrayed a Pakistani-American inmate on HBO's " The Night Of ," pointed out that diversity in Hollywood can only go as far as the material that gets to the top of the pile." 

The Walter Kaitz Foundation's Hollywood Creative Forum 8.0 is working to connect these diverse content creators with an entertainment industry that craves viewers for all the screens it is targeting. Our 8th annual Forum will be held February 21 -22 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. The goal of the HCF is to bring together those who create that material, with those who can move it to the 'top of the pile'. The HCF is one of the leading conferences in the industry, specifically designed for people of color creating both scripted and unscripted programming. Those attending HCF include production companies, network executives, creators, and distributors of content from across the country. 

Those in the entertainment business are on a mission to reach the most diverse audiences ever in terms of age, race, gender, personal preferences and lifestyles. The only way to do that is to continue to engage with content creators whose realities are in synch with that of the viewers. 

In keeping with the Walter Kaitz Foundation's mission of promoting and advocating for diversity in telecommunications, the HCF sources experienced, diverse, mid and upper level writers, directors and producers, that programming and studio executives can consider for both scripted and unscripted projects. Many HCF participants are part of diversity programs created by prestigious guild organizations including the PGA, DGA and WGA.

The two-day program consists of keynote speakers, workshops, panel discussions and numerous networking opportunities. Confirmed to keynote opening day of this year's Forum is Suzanne de Passe, the ultimate Hollywood insider, who will share her take on both the 'promise and peril' of diversity in the entertainment business. Day two will include a discussion with a panel of 'industry titans' for whom 'greenlighting' projects is at the top of their to do list. An established highlight of the HCF is the one-on-one "meet and greets" where content creators and executives connect. 

Those who have attended HCF, see it as a place to interact with others who have a passion for the business. Our goal is to foster business collaborations, provide business and creative intelligence, and to further the conversation about diversity and inclusion in our chosen field. Join us February 21 - 22 at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. The tools to your success are waiting. Visit


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