Women in Entertainment Summit 2022 set for June, speakers revealed

The Women in Entertainment (WIE) Summit will return for its sixth annual event this June, taking place for the first time since 2019. Variety has learned exclusively.

Founded by Renee Rossi (Relativity Ventures) and Gretchen McCourt, WIE aims to bring together women and men who are “committed to celebrating the empowerment of women in all areas of the entertainment industry.” Held at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, California on June 22, the 2022 summit featured panel topics including “how creators keep a beloved story relevant to future audiences and how media companies are expanding their offerings to meet the needs of today’s consumers, how to negotiate deals within the IP and talent rights space, and much more.”

The current lineup of speakers for WIE Summit 2022 includes:

Erika Anderson, West Coast Director, The Slate Group

Casey Kriley, co-CEO of Magical Elves (Top Chef, Nailed It)

Anjali Midha, CEO & Co-Founder of Diesel Labs

Teri Weiss, Deputy Executive, Television Development, DreamWorks Animation

Anastasia Puglisi, Senior Vice President at Wolf Entertainment (FBI: Most Wanted, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit)

Dana Block, Senior Vice President of Digital Entertainment and Consumer Technology at Metro Public Affairs

Alexandra Moore, Head of Global Strategic Initiatives at Amazon Music

Jess Kessler, Head of Content and Creator Marketing at Audible

Jennifer Brunsweiger, Senior Director of Content Marketing at Shutterstock

Kaitlyn Powell, VP of Talent at Bright

Lisa Guerrero, Investigative Reporter at Inside Edition

Jeanne Mau, Senior Vice President, Television Programming Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at NBCUniversal

Iram Bilal, Director (I’ll Meet You There)

Zakiyyah Alexander, Executive Producer/Showrunner (Adult, The Hunters)

Megan Townsend, Director of Entertainment Research and Analysis at GLAAD

Monica Trasandes, Director of Spanish Language and Latinx Media and Representation at GLAAD

Linda Grasso, Editor-in-Chief of Ventura Blvd

Charmaine DeGraté, writer and co-executive producer (House of the Dragon, LucasFilm)

Susan Cartsonis, partner and film producer at Resonate Entertainment (Feel The Beat, Carrie Pilby)

Amanda Spain, Vice President of Longform Acquisitions at MSNBC Films

Tiauna Jackson, Founder and CEO of The Jackson Agency

John Mass, President of Content Partners, LLC

Tomii Crump, Head of Unscripted Talent and Casting at NBCUniversal

Jenna Gates, talent agent at United Talent Agency

Hilary Zaitz Michael, literary packaging agent at WME

Julie Candelaria, Producer and Director at All About the 360, Inc.

Karen Pittman, Actress, (And Like This)

Paul Feig, actor and director (The School for Good and Evil, Minx, Bridesmaids, A Simple Favor)

Alexandra Shipp, Actress (Barbie, tick, tick…BOOM!)

“Our mission is and always has been to share insights from extraordinary women who have built successful businesses in the world of entertainment and media,” said Renee Rossi, Co-Founder of Women in Entertainment. “We’re back stronger than ever this year – combining a very dynamic lineup of speakers and panel topics to curate an event that I’m confident will help aspiring professionals grow and evolve their careers.”

This year’s 2022 Summit is sponsored by NBCUniversal Television & Streaming, Universal Studio Group, Metro Public Relations, Kendra Scott, hair stylist Azi Aishling, Sugar House Macarons, Whisps, Drink Vina, CORE Foods and Tito’s.

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