Thursday May 3rd - 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Research from the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media shows that when there is a female writer and director, there is a 10% increase in onscreen roles. Remarkable change happens when women are in the driver’s seat. These successful business leaders will share case histories and best practices how they’ve leveraged their extensive experience to create more intersectional and gender balanced projects
Aisha Tyler is an award-winning director, actor, comedian, bestselling author, podcaster and activist. She voices superspy Lana Kane on F/X’s Emmy-winning hit animated comedy Archer, the winner of four back-to-back Television Critics’ Choice Awards. Archer ‘s eighth season debuted on FX January 2017, and has been renewed through season 10. Aisha also joined the hit CBS show “Criminal Minds” in 2015 as forensic psychologist Tara Lewis. Originally brought on for just six episodes, she was promoted to cast regular for the show’s twelfth season, and is currently a series regular in season 13, for which she also directed an episode.
In 2013 Aisha took over for Drew Carey as host of the rebooted improvisational comedy series “Whose Line is it Anyway?” for the CW. The show, which reunites the original team of Colin Mochrie, Ryan Stiles, and Wayne Brady, was the network's most-watched unscripted series premiere since 2007. It set CW ratings records in its first season and is currently enjoying its highest ratings to date. Whose Line just completed taping its fifth season.
Aisha was a co-host for seven seasons of CBS’s Emmy-winning daytime show The Talk, which she departed in September 2017 to focus more on acting and directing.
Her feature film debut, the thriller AXIS, premiered at the 2017 Sarasota Film Festival and won the Outstanding Achievement in Feature Filmmaking award at the 2017 Newport Beach Film Festival. It received awards at other festivals, and had a theatrical run at Arclight Hollywood, Landmark NYC and Drafthouse, Austin, Texas. Aisha has directed several short films as well as music videos for rock bands Silversun Pickups and Clutch. Her action short Committed, benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project, won the action category at Toronto Shortsfest. Her first narrative short, a Gaelic drama entitled “Ar Scáth le Chéile” (In the Shadow of our Togetherness), shot entirely in Ireland, was an official selection at multiple festivals in 2016.
Ms. Tyler is also the creator, producer and host of the hit comedy podcast Girl on Guy with Aisha Tyler. Billed as “a show about stuff guys love brought to you by the ultimate guy’s girl,” Girl on Guy is an iTunes and Webby Award honoree, with over 17 million downloads. The show is syndicated on the I Heart Radio, Spotify, and Stitcher platforms, reaching more than 80 million listeners. After five seasons, Aisha goodnighted the podcast in order to focus on her burgeoning directorial career.
In 2018 Aisha will add entrepreneur to her resume, debuting a line of premium, ready to pour bottled cocktails called Courage+Stone, which she created personally. Distilled in Brooklyn and launching with three flavor profiles: the ready-to-pour Manhattan, gin old fashioned, and whiskey old fashioned, the line reflects Aisha’s love of the craft cocktail culture, with a refreshing ease of service. C+S has been receiving rave reviews in early tastings.
Ms. Tyler’s second book, Self-Inflicted Wounds, named for the wildly popular segment of her podcast, debuted on The New York Times bestseller list in 2013. She is also the author of Swerve: Reckless Observations of a Postmodern Girl, and a contributor to WIRED, Glamour, Entertainment Weekly, and Oprah magazines. She interacts daily with more than one million followers across her social media sites.
As an actress, her work is varied and includes television shows such as Talk Soup, Friends, CSI:Crime Scene Investigation, 24, Ghost Whisperer, Nip/Tuck, Boston Legal, Hawaii 5-0, Glee, Modern Family and many others. Film credits include Bedtime Stories, Death Sentence, Black Water Transit, .45 and The Babymakers.
In 2012, Ms. Tyler joined the board of Scholarmatch, a “Kickstarter for kids” founded by Dave Eggers, dedicated to giving underprivileged students who have demonstrated drive and ability the money to pay for college.
She is also a Board Member of Planned Parenthood, and has spoken on behalf of reproductive rights and women’s health nationwide. In addition, Ms. Tyler actively supports the work of the International Rescue Committee, The Trust for Public Land, the Family Violence Prevention Fund and Doctors Without Borders.
A San Francisco native, Ms. Tyler graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in Government and Environmental Policy. An avid gamer and passionate advocate (and occasional adversary) of the gaming community, Aisha’s voice can be heard in the video games Halo:Reach; Gears of War 3, and Watch Dogs. Aisha is a bourbon and hard rock fan, a snowboarder and sci-fi obsessive.
Madeline Di Nonno
Madeline Di Nonno
Madeline Di Nonno is the Chief Executive Officer of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. Di Nonno leads the Institute's strategic direction, research, education, advocacy, financial and operational activities. Di Nonno brings thirty years of successful international executive and strategic advisor leadership experience in entertainment, non-profit, digital and consumer packaged goods industries.
Previously, Di Nonno served as President and CEO of On The Scene Productions, a leader in digital content creation and distribution. Di Nonno lead the company’s new business development and digital content platforms for the entertainment, healthcare, and consumer products clients such as Nike, Gatorade, Iconix, and PepsiCo.
Prior to On The Scene, Di Nonno served in executive marketing positions for Anchor Bay Entertainment/Starz Media and Echo Bridge Home Entertainment where she led global brand marketing, branded franchise development, acquisitions, digital media initiatives for home entertainment and limited theatrical releases in North America, United Kingdom and Australia.
As Executive Vice President and GM for Nielsen EDI a leading research provider of Theatrical distribution measurement and information, Di Nonno drove innovations in digitizing product offering, new business and product development and studio theatrical distribution and exhibition client management.
Previously, Di Nonno served as Senior Vice President, Marketing Alliances and Digital media at the Hallmark Channel, and launched the cable channel and established marketing, digital media, e-commerce, and corporate alliance functions. Di Nonno developed revenue-generating, integrated marketing programs with companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Fuji, Mail Boxes Etc., Universal Pictures, Target, Sony Pictures, Chrysler, and Baskin Robbins. Di Nonno pioneered the Channel’s digital media initiatives.
Di Nonno served eight years at Universal Studios Home Video as Vice President, Strategic Marketing where she established the company’s first Digital Platforms and marketing campaigns. Di Nonno supervised marketing campaigns for all theatrical, direct-to-video and library releases and spearheaded Universal’s launch into DVD and interactive.
Di Nonno began her career at ABC Television Network in corporate publicity working on the marketing communications campaigns for mini-series, sports and daytime, including “The Winds of War,” “The Thorn Birds” and the 1984 Olympics.
Di Nonno is a requested keynote speaker at international industry conferences, corporations, academic institutions, film festivals and organizations such as AdWeek, Cannes Lion, CinemaCon, CTAM, Digital Hollywood, CES, The White House, The Department of State, UNESCO, the United Nations. Di Nonno has been featured in media outlets such as The New York Times, FOX News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Forbes, MediaWeek, Huffington Post, Kidscreen, Fast Company, and Wired Magazine.
Di Nonno holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston University.
Di Nonno serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Television Academy Foundation; Board of Directors: Population Media Center, and Promundo U.S.; Advisory Board for PBS Kid’s Ready Jet Go, GameChanger Films; Strategic Advisor, YouTube Red’s Hyperlinked. Di Nonno served as President of the Glass Lions Jury for the Cannes Lions 2016.
Chevonne O’Shaugnessy is the co-founder and president of American Cinema International. She began her career as the President of International sales for PM Entertainment. Her 10 years in the position resulted in the production and sales of over 176 feature films and two successful television series. PM produced and distributed original prime time product for numerous international TV clients and domestic cable networks, with the distinction of being one of the first suppliers of HBO World Premier Movies. PM remains one of few companies amid the competitive world of independent filmmaking that consistently generates high quality Action Adventure feature films. She has also served as the executive producer of numerous films and TV mini-series including the Jack Hunter trilogy, El Dorado, Born to Race, and many more.
In 2000, Chevonne founded American Cinema International, along with George Shamieh, with the goal of distributing and producing high quality commercial motion pictures throughout the world. In less than ten years, ACI produced 20 feature films with international sales and domestic prime time broadcasts on USA, SyFy, and HBO Premier.
Through her experience in international sales, Chevonne recognized a niche market for inspirational and family-oriented material. In 2008, she co-founded Mission Pictures International with the goal of creating a brand of quality content to best serve that unique market. Within their first year, Mission Pictures successfully acquired more than 12 titles for theatrical and TV release, and quickly achieved their mission to bring positive, inspirational messages back to the global marketplace.
Since its inception, MPI has acquired over a hundred films for theatrical, home video and TV release, and has become the international destination for films appealing to the family and faith market. Some of their major feature films include box office hit October Baby, 2012 Emmy nominee The Heart of Christmas, Letters to God, Mighty Macs and more. The company’s original production Love Finds You in Sugarcreek released in 2014 became the highest-rated broadcast ever for UP Channel and garnered Movieguide’s Epiphany Prize for the year’s Best TV Movie. A second film, Love Finds You in Charm, premiered on UP Channel in June 2015. The latest film, Love Finds You in Valentine, premiered Valentine’s Day 2016 with the best ratings in the series yet. To date the Love Finds You movies have reached more than nine million viewers.
With Chevonne’s departure from MPI, she has created ACI INSPIRES with George Shamieh, the newest brand of inspirational entertainment focusing on family films for everyone. She hopes to continue creating and acquiring strong inspirational stories, and plans to expand ACI INSPIRES to become the largest title holder for inspirational content. Their first TV Movie, An Uncommon Grace, featuring Jes Macallan, Sean Faris and Kelly McGillis, was released on February 12th, 2017 on the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Channel. Despite competing with the Grammys on its premiere night, An Uncommon Grace had 1.8 million unduplicated views, marking it the most-watched premiere in the history of Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. ACI Inspires is currently in pre-production for the three-part series with UP TV and also at the same time developing The Girl From Felony Bay with Walden Media, adapted from the best-selling book of the same name.
In addition to her corporate responsibilities, Chevonne currently sits on Board of Directors of the Bentonville Film Festival. She also serves on the Board of Directors of her family’s I. A. O’Shaughnessy Foundation which gives generously to the University of Notre Dame, St. Thomas University, and numerous other philanthropic causes each year. Chevonne was also a member of the Glendale Memorial Hospital board for five years, and served 15 years on the Board of Directors of the Women in Film Foundation. Additionally, she makes guest appearances at Chapman University each quarter teaching International Film Distribution.
Courtney S. Parker
Courtney Parker is a television and publishing veteran, who wrote and worked for seven years with TV’s #1 franchise Law & Order. While at Wolf, Parker also wrote the novella series for Wolf Film's newest Chicago based franchise, Chicago Fire. For the last fifteen years, Parker has printed over a dozen plus titles in the self-help, inspirational, children's and quality fiction categories. As a celebrity ghostwriter, novelist, and children's book author, she has collaborated with Grammy Award-winning producer Teddy Riley, Basketball Wives reality star Evelyn Lozada, Track and Field Olympic gold medalist Maurice Greene, as well as Essence and New York Times bestselling authors Victoria Christopher Murray, E. Lynn Harris and Nancey Flowers. In addition to successfully working with writers, Parker has worked in partnership with a number of athletes, including NFL stars Geoff and Mitch Schwartz (Eat My Schwartz), Terrell Owens and Ray Lewis, among many others.
Parker’s most recent work includes serving as V. P. of Alternative Programming for Adaptive Studios, where she oversees production and development of all alternative programming. Before joining Adaptive Studios, Courtney also served as an Executive In Charge of Production at TVOne for shows the including Rickey Smiley For Real, Fatal Attraction and their newest Viola Davis produced true crime series, Two Sides. She’s also worked as Executive/Co-Executive producing for Oxygen’s True Crime series, Three Days To Live, TV One’s hit show, Hollywood Divas VH1's top-rated franchise Love & Hip Hop, with Mona Scott-Young as well as a talk show for OWN, It’s Not You, It’s Men, with Rev Run & Tyrese. Parker is an active member of the Writer's Guild of America West. With a heart and passion for strong story and a love of books, Courtney continues to serve as Co- Founder of the newly launched imprint Monami Books, a division of the Atria/Simon and Schuster Publishing Company.
Courtney resides in Los Angeles, CA with her daughter Caley Hope Parker. She is an active member of Faithful Central Bible church. In her spare time, she enjoys leisure reading of her favorite authors as well as volunteering with the youth, which includes a young writers’ program at a local Culver City elementary school.
Heather Rae is a veteran filmmaker from a high-mountain upbringing and a radical orientation. Rae produced and directed the acclaimed documentary Trudell, which tells the story of Native American movement leader and poet, John Trudell. She also produced and directed feature documentary and Showtime Premiere First Circle, about the foster care system in the American west. She produced Frozen River for which she won the Paiget Producer Award. Frozen River won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, was nominated for two Academy Awards, as well as nine Gotham and Spirit Awards. Rae produced such feature films as Sundance premiere The Dry Land starring America Ferrera and feminist comedy Ass Backwards. Rae also produced festival darling I Believe in Unicorns from writer/director Leah Meyerhoff and Netflix Originals Tallulah starring Ellen Page and Allison Janney and Dude from Blacklist script by Olivia Milch. Rae recently produced Akicita, the only Native-made feature documentary about Standing Rock which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Formerly Rae ran the Native Program at the Sundance Institute. As a speaker and social critic Rae is working with both her settler and indigenous heritage to deepen the dialogue of reconciliation and responsibility in the Americas.