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Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 3, 2014 at 7:41PM

This is one panel I want to attend. Why? Well, these three women are damned smart and if they share a fraction of what they know about producing, distribution, marketing and the state of Hollywood and the independents today, we will all be the wiser.
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JoAnne Sellar
JoAnne Sellar

This is one panel I want to attend. Why? Well, these three women are damned smart and if they share a fraction of what they know about producing, distribution, marketing and the state of Hollywood and the independents today, we will all be the wiser. I'll be showing up on April 11th to watch DreamWorks Animation Chief Marketing Officer Dawn Taubin moderate this panel at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts' 15th Annual Women in Focus Conference.

Terry Press
Terry Press

The panelists are: Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures ("Argo," "The Great Gatsby"); Terry Press, Co-president, CBS Films ("Last Vegas," "Inside Llewyn Davis");  and JoAnne Sellar, Producer ("The Master").

Sue Kroll
Sue Kroll

The upcoming event will feature an afternoon of panel discussions with established women in the business, as well as a scholarship presentation, luncheon and networking mixer.

The free Women in Focus event starts at 1:30 pm at The Paul and Daranne Folino Theater in Marion Knott Studios at 283 N. Cypress in Orange, Calif.  

Participants will screen clips from their work and discuss their experiences breaking into the industry, building the relationships necessary for success, and obstacles they have faced and overcome throughout their careers. The event concludes with a formal mixer beginning at 4:30 p.m.




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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.