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Panel members included Stephanie Allain, Zoe Lister-Jones, Catt Sadler, and Sanaa Lathan.
The event was held at The Waldorf Astoria in Beverly Hills. The discussion centered around some of the challenges a woman faces working in the film industry and some of the progress that has been made to date. Panel members also shared the importance of women genuinely supporting one another and serving as a mentor whenever possible. I thoroughly enjoyed the lively and informative discussion!
Check out a few interesting facts on each of the women who served on the panel:
Lisa Ling is the executive producer and host of This is Life on CNN, now in its sixth season. For five seasons prior, Ling executive produced and hosted Out America on OWN. She was also a field correspondent for The Oprah Winfrey Show and contributor to ABC News’ Nightline. She was the first female host of National Geographic’s flagship show, Explorer. Ling is the co-author of Mother, Sister. Daughter, Bride: Rituals of Womanhood and Somewhere Inside: One Sister’s Captivity in North Korea and the Other’s Fight to Bring Her Home, which she penned with her sister, Laura. In 2014, President Obama appointed Ling to the Commission on White House Fellowships.
Stephanie Allain produces award-winning films by women and writer-directors of color that make headlines, launch careers and shape the cultural landscape. In 1990, she supervised John Singleton’s Boyz n the Hood and was promoted to Senior Vice President of Columbia Pictures, where she worked for a decade bringing underrepresented filmmakers to the studio. Allain founded Homegrown Pictures in 2003 and produced Hustle & Flow, Something New, Beyond the Lights, Dear White People, among others. She sits on the board of Women In Film, is a founding member of ReFrame and teaches at the USC Peter Stark Producing Program.
Actor, Director, Writer, Producer
Zoe Lister-Jones is a quadruple threat, working as an actor, director, writer and producer, and currently starring opposite Colin Hanks on CBS’ Life in Pieces. In 2017, she released her directional debut, Band Aid, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Lister-Jones wrote the pilot Woman Up, which she will executive produce alongside Liz Meriwether and Jason Winer for ABC. Additionally, she wrote and produced Consumed; wrote, executive produced and starred in Fox Searchlight’s feature Lola Versus; and co-wrote, produced and starred in the indie comedy, Breaking Upwards. She also starred on Broadway opposite Jeff Goldblum in Seminar, and opposite Johnny Galecki in The Little Dog Laughed.
Journalist, Activist, Tastemaker
Catt Sadler is a three-time Emmy-winning journalist with twenty years of on-air experience. She is well renowned for her work on E! Entertainment where she spent more than a decade contributing to E! News, E! News Weekend, Daily Pop, Live From E! and a myriad of network specials. After choosing to leave E! over a wage gap issue and receiving an outpouring of support, Catt became a prominent voice for the Time’s Up movement. She has spent much of her energy in recent months contributing to the cause by taking part in the L.A. Women’s March and speaking at the Equal Pay Day Rally at City Hall in New York. Championing women has always been her passion.
Sanaa Lathan can currently be seen starring in the Netflix film Nappily Ever After, which she co-produced with Marc Platt. She can also be seen on Showtime’s The Affair playing the tough-as-nails school principal, Janelle Wilson. A truly diverse actress who has proven herself capable of winning acclaim in any genre, some of Sanaa’s film credits include Love & Basketball, Out of Time, Contagion, and the ensemble classic, The Best Man, which remains one of the top ten highest grossing African American films in history. Sanaa has also received a Tony Award nomination for her work on Broadway in A Raisin in the Sun. Next, she will be seen in the feature film Native Son, a modern-day adaptation of Richard Wright’s classic novel.
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