Walter Kaitz Foundation’s Hollywood Creative Forum Moves East to New York in June

Forum Connects Executives and Industry Professionals for Networking, Education

Washington, D. C. –  On Thursday, June 19, 2014, the Walter Kaitz Foundation will host the Hollywood Creative Forum EAST, a program aimed at connecting professionals of color with producing and writing/story credits in scripted content with network and production company executives. 
The event is open to mid-career writers and producers with backgrounds in creating scripted content and programs in media, for the stage, and television. The Forum is a complimentary event targeted at diverse showrunners, producers, and writers all of which endeavor to promote diversity behind the cameras. Scripted producers and writers of color are invited to register by June 12, 2014, by visiting
The program incorporates a full day of sessions and "meet and greets" with cable network and production company executives and focuses on programming and creative content in the scripted realm.
Forum Highlights:

  • Structured conversations with some of the biggest brands in cable and broadcast television during luncheon.
  • Panels composed of leading writers and producers in television and film.
  • Information and keen insights into some of the most successful writing programs in all of television.

Speakers and Forum participants include:

  • Tom Fontana, EMMY Award-winning writer, “Cop”
  • Richard LaGravenese, Academy Award-nominated writer, “The Fisher King”
  • Donna Michelle Anderson, Vice President, Development & Music Programming, BET Networks
  • Paul Butler, General Manager, UP
  • Karen Horne, Vice President, Entertainment Diversity Initiatives, NBC Entertainment
  • Tim McNeal, Vice President, Talent Development and Diversity, Disney ABC Television Group

The Hollywood Creative Forum EAST kicks off the American Black Film Festival’s annual gathering. The Walter Kaitz Foundation has partnered with Film Life to help build and promote diversity in television and film by generating this new and innovative program for its festival. The Forum will focus on providing critical information for diverse writers and writer/producers to succeed in television, in addition to creating relationships amongst establish showrunners with writing talent from the realm of film, television and Broadway.


Additional Information: 

Contact: Joy Sims (202) 222-2350

Monday, June 9, 2014 - 10:00