Discussion Event


Thursday May 3rd - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Record North

Meet STARZ Executives and Creators as they discuss inclusion, diversity and the creative process for the Network. Join us for
a candid conversation about why representation is important both in front of and behind the camera, how to achieve it and the challenges they face bringing their creative visions to the screen.


Kathleen Clifford

Kathleen Clifford is Manager of Original Programming for Starz.

She is responsible for managing new development and current productions for original programming. These include STARZ Original series "Vida," "Now Apocalypse," "American Gods," "Ash vs Evil Dead" and "Black Sails."

Based in the company's Santa Monica offices, Clifford joined Starz in 2013 as assistant to Marta Fernandez, Senior Vice President of Original Programming for Starz and was promoted in 2016.

Prior to Starz, Clifford served as Creative Executive to Dawn Olmstead at Grady Girl Productions, executive assistant to the head of TV at Legendary Entertainment and assistant to TV literary agent at International Creative Management.

Clifford earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Emerson College in Boston.

Kathryn Tyus-Adair

Kathryn Tyus-Adair is a Senior Vice President, Original Programming, with STARZ. Throughout her career, she has worked on a wide range of drama and comedy projects in TV and film. Prior to joining Starz, she worked with Universal Television Studios on their 2016-17 slate of series, including The Brave, Rise, Wisdom of the Crowd, Good Girls, and Reverie. Before this, she developed cable and streaming series for myriad networks as a production company executive. As Senior Vice President of Production at Don Cheadle’s Crescendo Productions, Kathryn co-produced the film St. Vincent and served as the company’s executive on Showtime’s House of Lies series, as well as on the Sony Pictures Classics movie The Guard. Before working with UTV, she served as Senior Vice President, Production, at Halle Berry’s 606 Films (Extant, feature film Kidnap). Other prior and notable production credits and development projects include Barbershop, Men of Honor, and Showtime’s Soul Food series for State St. Pictures/Twentieth Century Fox and The Horse Whisperer and Steve Zaillian’s A Civil Action for Robert Redford’s Wildwood Enterprises.

Heather Bellson

Heather Bellson is a television writer and producer. She wrote for shows such as Black Sails, The Walking Dead, and The Exorcist before going to work on American Gods. She grew up in Nashville and now lives in Los Angeles.

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.

Board Affiliations

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.

Susan Lewis

Susan Lewis joined Starz in December 2017 from AKW, Alicia Keys’ film/tv/theater production company. Together, Alicia and Susan developed series and movies at Amazon, Disney, Freeform, Lifetime, MTV, Vice and are currently developing a movie about the legendary choreographer Alvin Ailey at Fox Searchlight. They executive produced director George Tillman’s movie The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete which premiered at Sundance 2013, where it was acquired by Lionsgate and screened at the White House in 2014. Alicia and Susan also executive produced the ABC/Hallmark movie Firelight starring Cuba Gooding Jr which won both NAACP & Humanitas awards. Susan executive produced Dee Rees’ debut film Pariah which was acquired & distributed by Focus Features.

Previously, Susan worked at MTV Films/Paramount where she co-produced The Fighting Temptations and brought the hit comedy The Original Kings of Comedy into MTV Films/Paramount. She also developed movies including Coach Carter, The Dirt and acquired manuscripts including Twilight.