Geek Speaks: The Women Who Make Television

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In 1973, American Public Television aired The Men Who Make the Movies, which showcased authorship in the Hollywood studio era through indepth interviews between Richard Schickel and such directors as Howard Hawks, Frank Capra, John Ford, and Alfred Hitchcock. The event's title pays tribute to this transformative series, but also stresses the needs to push beyond its focus on masculine creativity.  As we look back on a year plus of developments which have transformed television as a medium,  yhis conference seeks to showcase a range of highly creative women who are now working the American television industry as creators, executive producers, head writers, and showrunners, women who now exert some degree of creative control over what we watch on television. These women represent a broad range of different forms of television programing, including sitcoms, dramas, and fantasy/science fiction programs, and have worked for both Broadcast and cable networks. Women still face an uphill struggle to gain entry into the television industry, yet these women have shattered through the glass ceiling and can now stand as role-models for the next generation of women and men who want to change what kinds of stories television tells and what kinds of audiences it addresses.

Across two sessions, we will be talking with these women about their careers, their creative visions, and the medium through which they work, along the way seeking to provide insights into the current state and future potentials of American television.  

The first session, Creative Process, (4-5:30 p.m.) explores their paths into the industry, their relationships to their mentors and creative partners, and the changing contexts in which television is produced, distributed, and viewed.

The second session, Creative Products, (6-7:30 p.m.) deals with the content of their programs, their relationship to their genres, issues of representation, and their perceptions of the audiences for their work.

Confirmed Panelists:

Creative Process (4-5:30 p.m.)

  • Erin Reilly (Moderator)
  • Kim Moses
  • Alexa Junge
  • Nell Scovell
  • Felicia Henderson
  • Julie Plec

Creative Products, (6-7:30 p.m.)

  • Francesca Marie Smith (Moderator)
  • Winnie Holzman
  • Robin Schiff
  • Jenny Bicks
  • Meg DeLoatch
Event Date: 
Thu, 04/03/2014 - 4:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: 
SCI 106
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