CAA and GLAAD are teaming to launch the Creators Summit, a daylong function aiming to increase authentic, inclusive representation of the LGBTQ community in entertainment. The event, which will take place April 7, features panels and presentations to offer insight and resources on how to better support the visibility of LGBTQ characters, themes, and issues on screen and throughout the creative process.
The invited audience of entertainment figures who identify as LGBTQ or are actively working on LGBTQ-inclusive projects will hear from thought-leaders like Empire‘s Lee Daniels, writer and producer David Marshall Grant, Tanya Saracho, creator and showrunner of Starz’s new series Vida, among others.
“For more than a decade, we have made strategic investments in programs and partnerships that are helping drive forward the business of diversity and inclusion in our industry,” said CAA’s Ruben Garcia, “We are excited to partner with GLAAD on this unique summit that aims to provide the creative community with the resources and knowledge to create more inclusive content, and amplify LGBTQ voices and stories across media.”
“CAA and so many of the agency’s clients have a legacy of raising the bar for diverse and inclusive storytelling,” said GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “This partnership will arm up-and-coming talented creators not only with GLAAD’s best practices, but the industry connections to bring new and culture changing LGBTQ stories to screens. In today’s political and cultural climate, it’s so important that Hollywood prioritizes incubating diverse creators and accelerating a pipeline that empowers fresh storytelling.”
Creators Summit will kick-off the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, which is set for April 12, with Jim Parsons and Ryan Murphy among the honorees of the evening.