Creativity in the City

October 3, 2018
By John Gibson

A Look at the 2018 New York Multicultural Creativity Summit

This week, the second New York State Multicultural Creativity Summit was held in New York City, at the HBO Theater. The MPAA was proud to partner with Empire State Development and the New York Latino Film Festival, along with 21st Century Fox, CBS Corporation, HBO, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Viacom, The Walt Disney Studios, and Warner Bros. Entertainment.

The day-long event seeks to connect rising talent with established artists and cultivate conversations around career growth and community. MPAA Chairman and CEO Charles H. Rivkin kicked off the event with a keynote speech. Panelists and speakers included Godfather of Harlem Executive Producer Chris Brancato, Oscar-nominated Short film director Kevin Wilson, Jr., Crashing Executive Producer Igor Srubshchik, International Best-Selling Author & CEO Jennifer S. Wilkov, and many other leaders, who shared their time and expertise to help diverse creators better understand how to navigate the creative industries.

MPAA’s John Gibson joins Walt Disney Studios Vice President Multicultural Audience Engagement Julie Ann Crommett and CBS Corporation Executive Vice President, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Josie Thomas to discuss talent development
Ryan Koo, Writer/Director; Founder, No Film School and Brian O’Leary, Senior Vice President, Tax, NBCUniversal discuss financing productions.

The MPAA, its member studios, multicultural film festival and advocacy partners, and various leaders in the film and television industry, continue to work together towards a more inclusive storytelling pipeline. This summit – filled with panel discussions, keynote addresses, and networking events – is one of the many examples of their joint efforts to help emerging artists and filmmakers access the careers of their dreams.

Attendees participate in Q&A sessions following panel discussions
Networking sessions allowed emerging creators direct access to industry professionals

From financing productions to navigating film festivals, attendees left the New York State Multicultural Creativity Summit armed with knowledge and ready to continue their career paths in film and television.

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Featured image: MPAA Chairman and CEO Charles Rivkin with Godfather of Harlem creators Chris Brancato and Paul Eckstein. All Photo Credit: DP Jolly