partner news 11/5/20

Posted by on November 05, 2020

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CAA Hires Dr. Sharoni Little As Head of Global Inclusion Strategy

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CAA just announced Dr. Sharoni Little as the agency’s Head of Global Inclusion Strategy. Sharoni will build upon the company and set forth diversity and inclusion strategies for all employees to excel. Prior to CAA, Little was the Vice Dean and Senior Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer at the USC Marshall School of Business as well as an adviser to global organizations. Read more here.

The Black List and Google Assistant Team Are Collaborating to Assist Five Writers 

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The Black List and Google Assistant Storytelling Fellowship program will assist five writers with financial and creative support. The aspiring writers will be developing ande executing a new original feature film script or TV pilot. $20,000 will be awarded to each writer for support as they write their pitch. Read more here.

Kenya Barris Discusses New Ventures with ViacomCBS

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The comedy creator for the ‘Black-ish’ comedy franchise is speaking with ViacomCBS to create new deals. ViacomCBS’ deal will grant Barris to join significant ranks of entertainment moguls. The new venture will be overseen by BET network representatives. Read more here.

Lionsgate Hires Kamala Avila-Salmon as Head of Inclusive Content for Films

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Lionsgate announced former Facebook executive, Kamala Avila-Salmon as its first head of inclusive content. Avila-Salmon will be responsible for developing and implementing diversity , equity and inclusion programs and strategies to increase diversity in Lionsgate's film and home entertainment. While working at Facebook, Avila-Salmon launched the marketing inclusion discipline within the Facebook Consumer Marketing team. Read the full article here.

SAG-AFTRA Launches Probe of Allegations by Stunt Performers

The SAG-AFTRA National Board is creating a task force to investigate allegations of racist practices in the stunt community. SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris said, “We have heard the personal stories of paintdowns, wiggings, harassment and bias and we stand together to say ‘no more’. This board recommitted itself to our mission of diversity, equity and inclusion for underrepresented stunt performers. We are taking decisive action to address these systemic issues.”The board announced last week that the task force will investigate current practices and develop and recommend protocols to help ensure fair and equitable hiring practices within the stunt community.

Read more on Variety. 

Variety's Power of Women Conversations: From ‘Hustlers’ to ‘Marry Me,’ How Jennifer Lopez Became a Producer Who Champions Women Directors

In a Zoom conversation for Variety’s Power of Women issue, CEO Lopez and company president Goldsmith-Thomas spoke about their work as producers, starting with 2002’s “Maid in Manhattan.” Jennifer Lopez’s latest movies have at least one thing in common: They’re all directed by women. The slate includes 2019’s “Hustlers,” directed by Lorene Scafaria, which grossed $157 million worldwide; next year’s “Marry Me” (from Kat Coiro), in which Lopez plays a pop star navigating a bad breakup with her famous fiancé (Maluma); and the upcoming drug-lord drama “The Godmother” (Reed Morano), in which Lopez portrays the title character.

Watch and read the conversation on Variety


HollyShorts Film Festival Is Coming Up November 9-15, 2020

The 16th edition of the Oscar®-qualifying HollyShorts Film Festival will take place November 9-15, 2020 via the festival’s new streaming platform Bitpix! This year’s festival garnered 6,000 submissions from 110 countries. 418 short films have been selected with 128 international short films coming from 36 counties. 288 shorts will compete for top prizes at HollyShorts, one of the world’s top short film festivals. 

The 16th annual HollyShorts Film Festival will open with 2 opening night programs that includes the following short films: Jackson Lewis Lee’s THOMPSON FARM, Yorgos Lanthimos’ NIMIC, Deon Taylor’s 8:46, Elvira Lind’s The Letter Room, Ashley Williams’ Meats, Jonathan Glazer’s The Fall, Zach Woods’ David, Skye Fitzgerald’s Hunger Ward, Rachel Harrison Gordon’s Broken Bird, Stuart Rideout’s I Wish For You, Kevan Peterson’s Cruel Shoes, Phoebe Tonkin’s Furlough, Sophie Kargman’s Query, Landon Liboiron’s Theo,  Stefan Dezil’s Thirst, and Nat Wolff’s Youngest

Join after each Opening Night Program for the Live Q+A streaming on Youtube! 

Live Q+A - 7:00PM PST

16th Annual HollyShorts Opening Night Program I Q&A 

Live Q+A - 9:00PM PST 

16th Annual HollyShorts Opening Night Program II Q&A

Don't miss the films below showing in the LATINX block on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14th at 12:00pm PST:

"Acuitzeramo" directed by Miguel Angel Caballero

"The Last Light" directed by Angelita Mendoza

"The Tampon" directed by Erica Ortiz

"Eagle" directed by Jose Acevedo

"Sweet Potatoes" directed by Rommel Villa

"For Rosa" directed by Kathryn Boyd-Batstone

"Conjugal Visit" directed by Daniel Rubiano

"Nahjum" directed by Sebastian Torres Greene, Manuel Del Valle

All Access passes, the film program and individual block tickets are available for purchase starting today via Use code HSFFNALIP20 for 25% off your ticket purchase! 

Don’t miss the festival’s first-ever Drive In Celebration, happening November 16th, 2020 at Electric Dusk Drive-In Glendale (236 N. Central Ave) featuring a lineup of spooky shorts and a special presentation of Justin Simien’s horror feature film BAD HAIR from Neon and Hulu. Tickets are on sale starting today via