By Sydney Levine | Sydneys Buzz June 25, 2014 at 1:00PM
The mission of the Minority Independent Producers Summit (MIPS) to help level the playing field for underrepresented communities has struck a cord with serious industry leaders and are joining forces to help promote and advocate increased participation by independent producers from those of color, LGBT, women and those with disabilities in the worlds of film, television and digital media. The non-profit organization is proud to announce new sponsorship agreements with leading cable giant, HBO as well as SAG-AFTRA, The Producers Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America, for its inaugural launch in NYC this month.
“The MIPS progressive plan of action is the first of its kind to present premium opportunities for the underrepresented communities within the entertainment industry,” says Anre Garrettt, producer and founding partner of MIPS “MIPS is excited to have joined forces with such important industry leaders as HBO, SAG-AFTRA, WGA, PGA, IFP who support the same cause.”
“ The Writers Guild of America, East is dedicated to increasing diversity not just in the ranks of film, television and new media creators, but also in the stories they tell. We applaud the Minority Independent Producers Summit for creating a venue for the people who make up this industry to come together and broaden the discourse.” Dana Weissman, Director of Programs, Writers Guild of America, East
“SAG-AFTRA is proud to support MIPS (Minority Independent Producers Summit) in its inaugural year and are thrilled to have the opportunity to engage with the summit attendees so we can work as effectively as possible together towards our shared goal of a truly inclusive media and entertainment industry.” -- (Adam Moore, SAG-AFTRA)
As sponsoring partner of the first day of MIPS Summit, HBO will be hosting the moderated panel discussion, “What does Diversity in Media today truly mean? And to whom?”, slated for opening day, June 25th at HBO media center and will present a special MIPS Chat on June 27 th at MIST Harlem.
The Producers Guild of America will present “PERSPECTIVE (or A Matter of Perspective)” with panelists including: Julie Dash (producer, director, writer and author); María Agui Carter(producer, director, writer, as well as former chair of NALIP and staff producer at WGBH); Lauren Grant (producer, multi-Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, PGA member and former chair of BDC and at Firelight Media) and will be moderated by Rachel Watanabe-Batton: Producer, Vice Chair of PGA East as well as Diversity Committee Chair and Co-Chair of PGA Women’s Impact Network
Some of the MIPS Guest Speakers & Workshop Facilitators include: Damian Benders, SVP SnagFilms; John Hadity, EVP Entertainment Partners Financial Solutions; Jamie Wilkinson, CEO VHXTV; Richard Guay, Producer, Founder Passion First Funding Portal; and Jorge Rivera , Producer and Screenwriter, just to name a few.
Currently, the non-profit organization is supported by a league of renowned Advisory Board members including: John Quiñones, producer / actor / writer / host of ABC’s Primetime and "Good Morning America”; Molly Smith , Exec Producer The Blind Side, P.S. I Love You; Elizabeth Gardner Potter, Producer Former Co-Owner NY International Latino Film Festival; Jamal Joseph, Writer / Director for Black Starz, HBO, Fox TV, New Line Cinema, Warner Bros, and A&E; and many others.
MIPS 2014 conference will run from June 25 – 27, 2014 at Tribeca Cinemas and MIST Harlem in NYC. Each program within the conference has been designed to help open doors, boost collaborations, create opportunities, help break the distribution blockade, and provide insight and guidance on acquisition and funding.
Founding members Melanie Walters is an Emmy® award-winning producer, Sheila Quann, partner of Hard Headed Media; Anre Garrett, producer and founder of Hard Headed Media, along with Susan Schein, industry veteran and Founding Director of the award-winning Entertainment Industry Incubator.
About Minority Independent Producers Summit
A non-profit organization committed to furthering the growth and development of minority independent producers and content creators from underrepresented communities such as those of color, LGBT, women and those with disabilities. More info at: www.MIPSummit.com