2021 NYWIFT Summit: The Creative Industry Radically Reimagined


Join us for the third annual NYWIFT Summit.

This four-day free virtual program consists of keynote speakers, panels, and film screenings, and will bring together some of the most unique and diverse voices of women working in the entertainment industry to establish forward-moving strategies to create change and mobilize support and leadership for the future.

The NYWIFT Summit is made possible with funds provided by The Ford Foundation. Additional support by Academy Foundation, WarnerMedia, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment, The New York Community Trust, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), David Yurman, eMinutes, and the Tribeca Film Festival. 

The Creative Industry Radically Reimagined

The goal of the NYWIFT Summit: The Creative Industry Radically Reimagined is to spotlight best practices of how indies and media companies are restructuring their objectives, staffing, and community response to produce creative projects.

In addition, we have survived the pandemic – we will showcase who is thriving during the pandemic and what lessons were learned during the Black Lives Matter Movement, financial downturn, and the health crisis. 



dmission is free. Suggested donation of $15 for NYWIFT Members and $20 dollars for non-members. 

All donations are tax deductible. Your support of New York Women in Film & Television is much appreciated.

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Conference Schedule

Please continue to check back as we announce speakers for each daily program. 


DAY 1: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 from 4-6 PM EST

Welcome Address by NYWIFT Board President Jamie Zelermyer

Welcome from Chi-hui Yang, Ford Foundation

NYWIFT Annual Summit in Review: Executive Director Cynthia Lopez

Opening Keynote Conversation with: Christy Haubegger, EVP, Communications and Chief Inclusion Officer, WarnerMedia

Panel: WarnerMedia Executives Present Inclusion Initiatives

WarnerMedia Executives in conversation with journalist about how they implemented diversity and inclusion initiatives across all platforms.


          MyKhahn Shelton: SVP Equity & Inclusion, WarnerMedia
          Karen Horne: SVP Equity & Inclusion, (Programs), WarnerMedia
          Samata Narra: SVP Equity & Inclusion, (Content), WarnerMedia
          Asif Sadiq: SVP Equity & Inclusion, International, WarnerMedia


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DAY 2: Wednesday, June 23, 2021 from 4-6 PM EST

Welcome Keynote: Fireside Chat with Tina Tchen, CEO, Time’s Up

Panel: Advocates for Change

Advocates for Change will highlight leaders advocating on the front lines to raise awareness about the representation of Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in the media, encouraging a nuanced and multi-dimensional approach to shatter stereotypes and celebrate the full breadth and depth of their community. These activist have opened many doors for discussion on what needs to change in the entertainment industry to ensure equity and safety. 


          Christina Chou: Motion Picture Lit Agent, CAA
          Christine Choy: Filmmaker and Educator, NYU
          Peilin Chou: Producer, Netflix Animation
          moderated by NYWIFT Board Member S. Casper Wong: Filmmaker

         and more to be announced.

Closing Keynote by Renee Tajima-Peña: Filmmaker and Educator, UCLA


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DAY 3: Thursday, June 24, 2021 from 4-6 PM EST

Panel: Organized Labor and the Future of the Workplace

Organized labor and trade associations have been at the forefront of setting the standard for safety protocol to keep production alive during COVID-19. How did they do it, and how are they tackling other issues of safety in the workplace, from racism to sexual harassment and more?


          Ann Burdick: General Counsel, WGA East
          Rebecca Damon: Executive Vice President and New York Local President, SAG-AFTRA
          Mayra Ocampo: Assistant Executive Director, Directors Guild of America

Closing conversation with Maggie Bowman, International Documentary Association


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DAY 4: Friday, June 25, 2021 from 4-6 PM EST

Partnerships and the Artist’s Journey with AMC Networks


          Aisha Thomas-Petit: Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, AMC Networks
          Valerie Armstrong: Series Creator, Kevin Can F*** Himself
          J. David Shanks: Executive Producer, 61st Street


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History of the NYWIFT Summit

Second Annual Creative Workforce Summit: Documentary Makers, Industry, and Funders In Conversation

The 2020 Summit was two-fold: first, celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote. Set just a few weeks prior to the U.S. election, the event looked at how to inform, update, and galvanize women voters about the history in securing the right to vote and highlight women in politics that have pushed for the women’s rights and for the Equal Rights Amendment.

The summit also recognized the contributions made by female documentary filmmakers and their efforts to create social, cultural and economic change in history, specifically addressing the opportunities and challenges filmmakers are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting financial crisis as well as the Black Lives Matter Movement.

The Summit was recorded and can be viewed for free in its entirety on our website.

Learn more and watch the 2020 Summit


First Annual Summit – Publication

This is NYWIFT’s third annual Creative Workforce Summit.

The first Summit in 2019 focused on Pay Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and Workplace Safety. 

Learn about the 2019 Summit here

We are proud to release briefing summary of the 2019 Summit. 
View the electronic copy here.