“Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris, Blumhouse Productions founder and CEO Jason Blum, “Ready Player One” author Ernest Cline, actress Dakota Fanning, “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King, Paramount TV & Digital Entertainment president Amy Powell and, hello, actor and former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger will all speak as part of South By Southwest 2018.
Barris’ totally excellent, Emmy-nominated series “Black-ish” has won a Peabody Award as well as an AFI Award. Barris was awarded the Humanitas Prize in 2017 as well as NAACP Image Awards in 2016 and 2017 for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series and a show win for Outstanding Comedy Series for the fourth year in a row.
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Vera “Two Sentence Horror Stories” Miao, Leigh “Saw” Whannell, Roxanne “VHS” Benjamin, Stephen “The Grudge” Susco and Blum will participate in “The Bleeding Edge: A New Generation of Horror” Featured Session on the changing presentation of horror.
“Mommy Dead and Dearest “ director Erin Lee Carr directed “Drug Short,” an episode in Netflix's critically-acclaimed “Dirty Money” series, about price gouging and unsustainable business by the pharmaceutical company Valeant. Carr will join Deborah S Esquenazi, Tamron Hall, and Ryan White for a Featured Session.
Cline is the Austin-based author of the novels “Ready Player One” and “Armada,” and co-screenwriter of the film adaptation of “Ready Player One,” directed by Steven Spielberg.
Schwarzenegger talks with Politico’s Isaac Dovere about his own principles for effective governing, why he made gerrymandering and other issues his crusades after finishing his term as governor of California, and what he sees for the future of American politics.
Powell joins Fanning, producer Janine Sherman Barrois, actress Niecy Nash, TNT executive vice-president Sarah Aubrey and Warner Bros TV exec VP Susan Rovner in “an informal and candid conversation with female leaders in television.”
And, yes, there will be a #MeToo/Time’sUp! session. To wit: “In recent months, our nation has witnessed an undeniable cultural shift in how we address sexual harassment in the workplace – and TIME’S UP and the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund are making sure that change is here to stay. Conceived by women in Hollywood to serve all industries, TIME’S UP is addressing power imbalances in the workplace to stop sexual harassment and promote equality. The TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund, administered by the National Women’s Law Center, offers legal and public relations assistance to those who've experienced sexual assault, harassment or related retaliation in the workplace or while trying to advance their careers. Featuring: Fatima Goss Graves (President and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center), Hilary Rosen (SKDKnickerbocker Partner), and more TBA.”