Friday May 10th - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
21c Main Gallery Stage
Seventy percent of moms with children under 18 participate in the labor force and moms are the primary or sole earners for 40 percent of households with children under 18 today, compared with 11 percent in 1960 (U.S Department of Labor).
This powerhouse panel will feature female talent from Vudu’s first series, “Mr. Mom”. The series (a modern take on the beloved classic ‘80s film) follows a mom who is re-entering the workforce and a dad who decides it’s his turn to stay at home with the kids. The panel will discuss how conventional family roles are continually being re-defined by both moms and dads, how families today must band together as a team to make it all work, and the continued effort to combat dated stereotypes in content and media. How have things changed for families since the 1980s, and how is inclusive media like Vudu’s “Mr. Mom” helping to shift societal expectations on what makes up today’s family?
Michelle Ortiz is known for her series regular role on CW’s MadTV and will appear on Netflix’s yet to be released series GENTE-FIED and Vudu’s Mr.MOM. She's worked on several prominent TV shows- recurring on Nickelodeon's NICKY, RICKY, DICKY & DAWN, and guest stars on CBS’s MOM and LIFE IN PIECES, LOL’s CAMPUS LAW, and truTV’s FAMELESS. Michelle also has an opera singing background and is fluent in Spanish.
Rachel currently leads programming and development for Vudu's free offering which features over 8,000 tv shows & movies, all for free. She is an executive producer on the upcoming Vudu series “Mr. Mom” and previously spent 4 years on the program planning and scheduling team at Showtime.
A native of New Orleans and currently based out of LA, Leslie's unique voice focuses on authentic female-centered stories in both comedy and drama. She has developed TV series across all platforms including JAX Media, Studio 71, Pulse, Vudu and MGM. Last year Leslie wrote an original half-hour dark comedy pilot for JAX called WELCOME TO YOU. And her original half-hour mom com, TETHERED, was chosen for the IFP Screen Forward Lab and went on to win the pitch competition at the Just For Laughs comedy festival. Leslie's latest series, MR. MOM, which she co-wrote for MGM and Vudu is currently in post-production and will be released as Vudu's first original series in the spring. Leslie is repped by Emily Rose at Mosaic.
Tracy Klein is a pioneering and strategic marketer who has spent most of her 20 year plus career at the intersection of technology and media, creating marketing campaigns and branded content that excites clients, evokes action, and achieves quantifiable results. She is currently the Head of Originals Marketing at Vudu, Walmart’s free offering which features over 8,000 tv shows & movies, all for free. Most recently she led the Originals Marketing, Social Media and Talent Relations teams at Sony Crackle, and she has also previously worked at Participant Media's Pivot TV, Al Gore's Current TV, MTV, and Nickelodeon.