June 25, 2014 Opening day inaugural launch of the Minority Independent Producers Summit held at HBO HQ, New York, NY. Organization advocating increased diversity in media whilst providing support, resources and opportunities for indie producers and content creators from underrepresented communities such as those of color, women, lgbt and the disabled. Organization has now transition to THE COLLECTIVE INITIATIVE expanding to a global focus -- thecollectiveinitiative.org
PANEL DISCUSSION: What does Diversity in Media today truly mean? And to who? And why should I care? A deep dive into the often under the table discussion of just why aren't there more people of color, women, lgbt and the disabled on the various forms of multi media platforms today. And why has diversity not extended to the board rooms of America where the actual decisions of what images are portrayed in these mediums are being decided.
Panelist: - Mellini Kantayya- Actor, Writer, Author; Shruti Rya Ganguly-Producer, Director Conde Nast Entertainment; Thomas Giovanni- Executive Assistant Corporate Counsel NYCGov; Arisha Michelle Hatch, Managing Director of Campaigns at ColorOfChange.org and Alrick Brown - Producer/Director