The Women Behind the ‘Executive Decisions’

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NALIP is proud to announce the opening session of the Diverse Women in Media Forum on December 6th. In Executive Decisions: A Conversation with Leading Women, these empowering, risk taking women will engage in a discussion to give an exclusive look into running a network or being head of a studio. They will speak on having the power to incorporate narratives of inclusion, diversity and paving the way for other women and urging for women presence across all media. Get to know the women behind the Executive Decisions below:

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Bela Bajaria was named Vice President of Content at Netflix in November of 2016, overseeing the Unscripted Department, and Content Acquisition for the Major Studios and Co-licensing. Previously, Bela was President of Universal Television, having shepherded creative programming for the studio since August 2011,  producing hit primetime series across numerous networks, including “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,”  "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," "The Mindy Project," "Bates Motel," "Grimm," "Chicago Fire.”

Earlier, Bajaria held two key posts simultaneously: Senior Vice President, Cable Programming for CBS TV Studios, and Senior Vice President of Movies and Miniseries for the CBS network.  Bajaria simultaneously oversaw the CBS Sunday Night Movie -- the #1 TV movie franchise for over 10 years.  

In September 2013, Bajaria was elected President of the industry organization Hollywood Radio & Television Society for a two-year term. She is involved in a variety of philanthropic endeavors, including SAHARA, a non-profit organization that serves victims of domestic violence. Bajaria has been honored by the I Have a Dream Foundation of LA, The March of Dimes Foundation, and was given the Industry Leadership Award from the Indian Film Festival of LA.  Additionally, she is an executive board member of the Television Academy and serves on the board of Los Angeles’ Saban Community Clinic.

Bajaria resides in Los Angeles with her husband and three children.

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Aisha N. Summers is Director of Drama Development and Programming for Fox Broadcasting Company. Summers is responsible for putting projects into development then steering those projects’ creative direction, as well as overseeing shows currently airing on FOX.

At FOX, Summers manages 20-25 projects annually from pitch to pilot, including seeking out and identifying new show creators, packaging projects in conjunction with sister studio Twentieth Century Fox Television and outside studios, as well as hiring all writers and directors on series that have been ordered by the network. She also covers current series including EMPIRE – the No. 1 broadcast network drama – along with other acclaimed shows including LETHAL WEAPON, SCREAM QUEENS and LUCIFER.
Prior to joining FOX in January 2015, Summers was Executive Manager in TV Development at Warner Brothers where she oversaw, gathered and tracked information on diverse writers for Fresh Ink Development, and any other development related to the Writer’s Workshop. Prior to her promotion in the TV Development team at Warner Brothers, she served as Coordinator/Executive Assistant to Susan Rovner, Executive President of TV Development. She oversaw two departments of assistants in Comedy and Drama; tracked competitive development sales, pilots, writers, and talent; and evaluated all material including scripts, dailies, and cuts. She also held positions including the Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Current Programming at Warner Brothers and Assistant to the Television/Motion Picture Literary Agent at Paradigm Talent Agency.
Summers graduated Summa Cum Laude from Howard University in Washington, DC., receiving her BA in Communications and a Minor in Theatre Art. At Howard University, she was a part of the Golden Key Honor Society, a National Society of Collegiate Scholars Trustee and an Academic Scholarship Recipient. She also went on to earn an MFA in Film & Television from University of California Los Angeles.

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Samie Kim Falvey is the Chief Content Officer of the new premium short-form mobile content service created by Verizon and AwesomenessTV. Falvey oversees all content and creative, including programming, development, and production.

Prior to joining Verizon/AwesomenessTV, Falvey served as Executive Vice President, Comedy Development and International Scripted Development, at ABC. Falvey and her team launched the award-winning ABC Family Comedy brand, known for its quality and inclusivity. This includes breakout hits like five-time Emmy-winning Best Comedy Series Modern Family, Peabody-winning and 2016 Emmy-nominated Black-ish, critically acclaimed Fresh Off The Boat, The Goldbergs, and The Middle. This fall they successfully debuted Speechless and American Housewife.  In addition, Falvey led the relaunch of the ABC app, including ABCd, a new vertical of original digital content.

 

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Gina Reyes started her career in Hollywood at International Creative Management talent agency in Motion Picture Production. After a great experience at ICM, Gina Reyes had the opportunity to work with Salma Hayek at her newly formed production company, Ventanazul, where Ms. Hayek had a film development deal with MGM. At Ventanazul, Gina had the opportunity to seek out intellectual property for potential film development and also had exposure to the television space in working with Ms. Hayek’s TV production company, Ventanarosa, where she had an overall deal with ABC Studios. After four years at Ventanazul, Gina landed at 20th Century Fox Film as a Creative Executive in film development and later transitioned to Fox Broadcasting Company where she currently manages all creative efforts including the Fox Writers Intensive and the Fox Global Directors Initiative. Gina is a native of Chicago and attended Columbia College where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism and Television.

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Christina Davis was promoted to Executive Vice President, Drama Series Development, CBS Entertainment in June 2009.  She reports to Glenn Geller, President, CBS Entertainment.

Davis had previously been Senior Vice President, Drama Series since July 2007 and Vice President, Drama Series from May 2005-July 2007.  From 2002-2005, Davis was Director, Drama Series Development, CBS Entertainment.  She started in the CBS drama series department in 1997 as assistant to then drama head Nina Tassler, rising through the ranks from supervisor (1999-2000), to manager (2000-2002) and director (2002-2005). Before joining CBS, Davis worked in drama series development at Warner Bros. Television (April 1996-August 1997).  

Since joining CBS, Davis has been involved in the development of the "CSI" and "NCIS" franchises, "The Good Wife," "Blue Bloods," "Hawaii Five-0," "Elementary,"  "Madam Secretary" and "Scorpion," and the summer event series “Zoo.”

This fall, under Davis' auspices, CBS debuted the new dramas “Bull,” the number one new series, time period winning “MacGyver” and “Pure Genius.”

Davis is a graduate of UCLA with a Bachelor of Science degree in political science.  She sits on the Board of Directors for HRTS (Hollywood Radio and Television Society) and Girls Inc.  Davis also serves on the Advisory Board of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers’ (NALIP) Diverse Women in Media Forum.

 

Julie Ann Crommett - Moderator

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Julie Ann Crommett joined Google in December 2013 and is currently the Entertainment Industry Educator in Chief, working to shift perceptions of computer science in mainstream media so as to encourage more diversity in the field (a position she created).

Previously, she was at NBCUniversal where she was responsible for behind-the-camera diversity initiatives including the NBCU Directing Fellowship Program and Writers on the Verge. Throughout her time in Hollywood, Julie Ann initiated a cross-company Hispanic episode of NBC's Grimm, was an Entertainment Associate at Universal Cable Productions, an associate producer on the Animal Planet series, I’m Alive and a production intern in DVD/Promotions at Pixar Animation Studios.

Julie Ann is originally from Atlanta, Ga., via San Juan, Puerto Rico (Cuban too!), and graduated with a B.A. degree in English and American literature from Harvard University. She currently serves on the board of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP), Women in Animation (WIA), the Barbie Global Advisory Council and on several media advisory councils. In September 2015, Julie Ann was honored with ADCOLOR’s Innovator Award for her work in shifting on-screen perceptions, and Univision's Flama named her one of the "7 Latinos to Look Out for in 2016." She recently completed her TEDx talk at TEDxMidAtlantic in Washington, DC and was named to The Hollywood Reporter's prestigious "35 under 35" list.

 

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear these women speak at the Diverse Women in Media Forum coming up December 6th. Take advantage of our extended Holiday rate and save your spot for the Diverse Women in Media Forum. 

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