2nd BRIC Talent + Innovation Summit Continues Push for Representation

The BRIC Foundation, dedicated to increasing representation in the entertainment industry, today announced its second annual BRIC Talent + Innovation Summit, bringing together a community of thought provokers and disruptors across tech and entertainment to chart a course for meaningful change this February 21.

The 2020 Summit will be emceed by comedian and actor Hisham Fageeh (Barakah Meets Barakah), with speakers including Effie T. Brown, CEO at Gamechanger and Producer (Dear White People); Karen Toliver, EVP of Creative at Sony Pictures Animation (producer, Hari Love); Julie Ann Crommett, VP Multicultural Engagement at Walt Disney Studios; Darnell Moore, Director of Inclusion Strategy for Content & Marketing, Netflix; and Marya Bangee, Executive Director at Harness, an organization that works within Hollywood to center the narratives of marginalized communities in popular culture.

BRIC (Break, Reinvent, Impact, Change) was created with the mission of creating new access points for women and members of underrepresented groups to excel at creative leadership and to enable cultural change through engaging and empowering talent. The BRIC Foundation was founded in 2018 by entertainment industry heavyweights Alison Mann, VP Creative/Strategy Sony Pictures Animation, and Producers Jill Gilbert and Nicole Hendrix.

The 2020 Summit will focus on answering four key questions:

  • BREAK: What we can learn from creators/directors that have successfully navigated across platform, media, and content?
  • REINVENT: With the recent surge of creator driven platforms allowing creators/directors to tell the stories they want, how do the entertainment giants attract and incentive the talent to want to work with them?
  • IMPACT: What can studios do to support individuals that can’t afford art schools? And what can art schools do to create more access and interest in the arts?
  • CHANGE: How can diverse talent and creative leadership drive a competitive advantage?

The all-day event will be held on February 21, 2020 at the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena (1700 Lida St, Pasadena, CA 91103) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Summit will be packed with inspiring talks, engaging workshops, and actionable insights.

Learn more about the Summit at: https://bricfoundation.org/2020-bric-summit.

In addition to a full day of programming, the inaugural BRIC Impact Awards Presented by the Nickelodeon Writing Program will recognize individuals, students, corporations, and non-profits for the work they’ve done in the past year to drive meaningful change in driving diversity and inclusion efforts in the industry. Women In Animation (WIA) will also be presenting their scholarship awards during the ceremony.

Additional summit participants include: Christina Wun, Art Operations Director, Riot Games; Gerta Xhelo, Director of Production, TED-Ed; Kristin Kucia, Manager of Student Affairs, Exceptional Minds; Aron Warner, Producer (Shrek, The Angry Birds Movie 2); Josh Herman, Chief Creative Officer, Gnomon; Maureen Fan, CEO, Baobab Studios; Aaron Bruce, Chief Diversity Officer, ArtCenter College of Design; Larry Laboe, Executive Director, New Film Makers LA; and many more.

Summit sponsors including ArtCenter College of Design, Nickelodeon Writing Program, Cartoon Network Studios, Sony Pictures Animation, The Walt Disney Studios, Illumination, WildBrain Studios, Dreamworks Animation, Gentleman Scholar, Supercell & Armed Mind.


BRIC Talent + Innovation Summit
BRIC Talent + Innovation Summit



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