They Run the Show: African-American Creators and Producers in Conversation

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
7:00 pm PT
Los Angeles

In Person

Lee Daniels, Executive Producer, Empire and Star
Yvette Lee Bowser, Executive Producer, Dear White People
Janine Sherman Barrois, Executive Producer, Claws
Cheo Hodari Coker, Creator/Executive Producer/Showrunner, Luke Cage
Prentice Penny, Executive Producer/Showrunner, Insecure
Additional guests to be announced.

This panel conversation will gather prominent African-American showrunners, creators, and executive producers to discuss the current state of the industry. How difficult is it for African-American writers/producers to break into and advance in television? What are the root causes of this dynamic? What added responsibilities, if any, do African-American showrunners feel to take on race-related social, political, and cultural issues? What pushback do they receive from networks when they want to? These and other relevant themes will be discussed during this dynamic conversation event. Illustrated with clips from the Paley Archive.   

This event is part of the Paley Center’s multifaceted Black History Month celebration, African-American Achievements in Television: A Black History Spotlight Presented by Citi.

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Events and participants are subject to change.