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Saturday, October 15 • 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Culturevision & Niche Storytelling

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Join panelists for a discussion on writing ethnicity, race, and culture in television, and the importance of increasing diversity in the landscape of media. The personality of a culture can define the identity of a story, while also serving as a subtle commentary on a specific theme or subject matter. Writers behind Fresh Off the Boat, Empire, Master of None, and The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl will converse about tone, breaking stereotypes, using setting as a character, and the responsibility a writer has to their work.

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Alisa Perren

Alisa Perren is an Associate Professor in the Department of Radio-TV-Film at The University of Texas at Austin. She is co-editor of Media Industries: History, Theory, and Method (2009), author of Indie, Inc.: Miramax and the Transformation of Hollywood in the 1990s (2012), and co-founder... Read More →

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Jacque Edmonds Cofer

writer/producer Martin, Living Single, Moesha; creator/showrunner Let's Stay Together, Reed Between the Lines
Jacque Edmonds Cofer attended Princeton University, graduating with an A.B. in Politics. She also earned an M.B.A. at the Harvard Business School. After her graduation from HBS she left corporate life to become a television writer and producer. Her first network television-writing... Read More →
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Deniese Davis

producer Awkward Black Girl, Guidance, The Choir, Sequin Raze, Insecure
Deniese Davis has produced countless music videos, short films and various online content. In the web-series realm she is best known for producing Issa Rae's award-winning web series “The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl”, which accumulated over 17 million views with seasons... Read More →
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Sanjay Shah

writer/co-executive producer Fresh Off The Boat, Enlisted; writer South Park, King of the Hill
Sanjay Shah is a writer/co-executive producer at Fresh Off The Boat on ABC.
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Malcolm Spellman

writer/producer Empire; writer Our Family Wedding
Malcolm Spellman grew up in the culturally diverse East Bay Area and prides himself on a true grasp of the term "mulit-culti."  Raised in Berkeley he moved to Los Angeles where he worked as a script reader and video-game tester until selling his first spec to Fox 2000 in 2000... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 4:30pm - 5:45pm CDT
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Bethell Hall