Building the Future: Diversity and Inclusiveness in Entertainment Technology

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Building the Future: Diversity and Inclusiveness in Entertainment Technology

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AMPAS Linwood Dunn Theater 1313 Vine St Los Angeles, CA 90028

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Join us as we examine the entertainment industry’s need for greater diversity in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) talent.

Studios, production companies, postproduction facilities, and other employers in the entertainment industry need talent based in STEM disciplines. Innovative technologists are essential to fueling further advancements in motion picture and broadcast content creation, and research has demonstrated that, in trying to solve complex problems, it’s critical to draw on individuals with diverse perspectives.

In a series of short presentations and panel discussions, a group of highly successful STEM professionals will share their insights on how to encourage more inclusion in Hollywood technology projects, offering tips to STEM job-seekers on how to attract the attention of employers while suggesting ways that employers can spot the hidden talent that is often right in front of them.

Participants (shown from left to right, above):

  • Alexis Lewis, business development manager for economic policy at the office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Lewis will be discussing the Evolve Entertainment Fund, an initiative launched by the Mayor’s Office to increase diversity in the entertainment industry.

  • Nadya Ichinomiya, director of IT in Enterprise Agile Transformation at Sony Pictures Entertainment, and co-founder of Women in Technology: Hollywood (WiTH).

  • Meaghan Wilbur, editor/workflow engineer and director of mentorship at Blue Collar Post Collective (BCPC).

  • Tom Roach, senior vice president of technology at Warner Bros. Entertainment Group. Roach will discuss “Neurodiversity in the Workplace.”

  • John Tarnoff, reinvention career coach and author of “Boomer Reinvention – How to Create Your Dream Career Over 50”.


  • Kylee Peña, Creative Technologies & Infrastructure, Netflix.

  • Jeanette DePatie, Lead Writer/Producer, Propellerhead-Inc.

Women in Technology: Hollywood (WiTH)/Codetalk, Blue Collar Post Collective (BCPC), and 21st Century Fox Global Inclusion will have tables in the lobby with information during the reception.

6:30 PM - Networking Reception sponsored by Netflix

7:30 PM - Presentations begin

Each guest must register separately.

Free parking is available behind the building.

SMPTE meetings are free and open to everyone, members and non-members.