C3: Pathways for Inclusive Storytelling
- 45 mins
FREE ONLINE EVENT
Join WarnerMedia Access, the pipeline arm of WarnerMedia’s Equity & Inclusion division, for an insightful conversation on breaking into the TV industry through the lens of fellowship programs. WarnerMedia’s Grace Moss, VP Equity & Inclusion, Director Hao Zheng (HBO Access ’21) and Writers Vinita Mehta & Richard Nguyen (WMAccess ’21) will discuss pipeline programs and WarnerMedia’s efforts to amplify underrepresented voices. Moderated by Dino Ray Ramos, this promises to be an informative dialogue on creating pathways for emerging content creators and navigating the TV landscape.
Dino-Ray Ramos (Moderator) launched the alternative Hollywood trade Diaspora which spotlights people of color, LGBTQ people, women, disabled people and other underrepresented voices in film, TV and media in May 2021. He served as the Associate Editor at Deadline where he reported on inclusion, diversity and representation in film and TV. He is the creator, co-host and producer of the GLAAD Media Award-winning New Hollywood Podcast. He previously worked at Oakland Tribune and San Francisco Chronicle. He has also contributed to Vogue, Entertainment Tonight, Bustle, Paste, among other publications. He is a member of The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics and is a member of Gold House’s #Gold Open advisory council and was named as part of the A100 List in 2020 which recognizes the most impactful Asians in the country.
Grace Moss is the VP Equity & Inclusion (Pipeline Programs) for WarnerMedia. In this role, she helps oversee the enterprise’s efforts to expand the talent pool of underrepresented writers and directors and build additional pathways for diverse talent. Prior to WarnerMedia, Grace served as the Head of Talent Development & Inclusion for NBC Entertainment, where she spearheaded multiple programs that focused on discovering, cultivating and showcasing talented writers and directors of diverse backgrounds. Grace also managed nationwide outreach efforts and developed relationships with community partners, such as the National Hispanic Media Coalition, Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment and the Barcid Foundation. Grace graduated from UCLA with a BA English and Minor in Asian American Studies. In her spare time, Grace enjoys playing tennis, wine tasting and baking with her son.
Hao Zheng is an award-winning director transitioned from being a professional actor in popular Chinese films and TV shows. Recently named a 2021 Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree, Hao graduated from AFI and Emerson College, and has made short films with international recognition including the Student Academy Award, European Independent Film Festival, AT&T Film Award, AFI Fest among more than 100 film festivals. After participating at the 2019 First International Film Festival Directing Lab, the 2020 Disney Launchpad Program and the 2020 HBOAccess Directing Program, he is now working on his first feature with Tencent Pictures, where he continues to explore genre stories on the theme of searching for identity and belonging.
Dr. Vinita Mehta and Richard Nguyen are psychologist-writers who share a passion for healing difficult and broken people. Drawing from upbringings in failing immigrant businesses and dysfunctional families, their stories combine their expertise in psychotherapy and soapy melodrama to cope with themes of intergenerational trauma. Their work has been a HUMANITAS New Voices Finalist, a two-time Tracking Board Finalist and Winner of the Mentorship Prize, and SAGindie Fellowship Winner for the Stowe Story Labs. Most recently, they graduated from the 2021 CAPE New Writers Fellowship and are participating in the 2021 WarnerMedia Access Writers Program. Dr. Vinita Mehta and Richard Nguyen are repped by Industry Entertainment.