On December 4, 2018, Diverse Representation held its kick-off event at Lionsgate’s headquarters in Los Angeles. The event featured a reception and panel conversation about diversity and the entertainment industry from the perspective of African-American agents, managers, attorneys and publicists. The panel featured: Dana Gills (Director of Development and Production, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group), Brandon Lawrence (Talent Agent, CAA), Andrew Coles (Talent Manager, The Mission Entertainment), Rebecca Beliard (Attorney, Akerman LLP) and Francis Perdue (Publicist, PS Media Talent).
SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
On January 26, 2019, Diverse Representation hosted a panel conversation about diversity and the entertainment industry from the perspective of African-American agents, attorneys, managers and publicists in Park City, Utah during Sundance Film Festival. Panelists included: Joy Ganes (Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs at BBC Studios and former Head of Production at OWN Studios), BJ Coleman (Publicist, Image Elevators), Ava Greenfield (Television Literary Agent, ICM Partners), James Jolly (Talent Manager, Stride Management) and Rashad Robinson (President, Color of Change). The panel was moderated by Jessica Lee (Partner, Loeb and Loeb).
NBA ALL-STAR WEEKEND
On February 16, 2019, Diverse Representation hosted an invite-only networking brunch with African-American sports agents, attorneys, managers, team executives and special guests in Charlotte, North Carolina during NBA All-Star weekend. The brunch was followed by a panel conversation on diversity and the sports industry. Panelists included: Marcus Banks (Associate Team Counsel, Los Angeles Clippers), Ese Ighedosa (Associate Counsel, Carolina Panthers) and Jaime Wright (Vice President and Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch). The panel was moderated by Luke Fedlam (Attorney, Porter Wright).