Spark Change: Social Impact Entertainment Summit 2019

Lear Center managing director Johanna Blakley joined the Spark Change Summit 2019, which featured award-winning producers, writers, directors and creatives – all focusing on entertainment that raises awareness, changes behavior, influences policy and catalyzes movements. Presented by the Skoll Center for Social Impact Entertainment at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, Creative Visions, and Participant Media, this year’s Summit offered a deep dive into the creation of social impact entertainment projects, campaigns, and the movements they spark.

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Welcome Remarks
Teri Schwartz, Dean, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television
Kathy Eldon, Co-founder, Creative Visions
Peter Bisanz, Executive Director, The Skoll Center for SIE

The State of Social Impact Entertainment
Moderated by Peter Bisanz, Executive Director, The Skoll Center for SIE
Neal Baer, Executive Producer, Showrunner, E.R., Law & Order: SVU, Designated Survivor
Johanna Blakley, Managing Director, The Norman Lear Center
Elise Pearlstein, SVP, Documentary Film and Television, Participant Media
James Redford, Co-founder, KPJR Films and Chair of The Redford Center

A Case Study on Impact Campaigns
Melody Mohebi, Manager, Social Impact, Participant Media
Meredith Goldberg-Morse, Social Impact Campaign Manager, Participant Media
Lesedi Shubane, Coordinator, Social Impact, Participant Media

Next Generation Technology in Social Impact Entertainment
Ted Schilowitz, Futurist, Paramount

Behind the Scenes: Period. End of Sentence.
Moderated by Laura Herb, Program Manager, The Skoll Center for SIE
Sam Davis, Co-producer, cinematographer and editor, Period. End of Sentence.

Spreading Joy + Mobilizing Audiences Online
Shabnam Mogharabi, Managing Director, SoulPancake
Rainn Wilson, Co-founder of SoulPancake

The Other Side of Silence: Reflections on the Craft and Impact of Documentary Narrative
Amy Ziering, Emmy Award-Winning Producer, The Bleeding Edge, The Hunting Ground, The Invisible War

Making an Impact in Mainstream Entertainment
Moderated by Bonnie Abaunza, Founder, The Abaunza Group
Tracey Bing, Producer, Nappily Ever After, Southside with You
William Goldenberg, Oscar-winning editor, Argo, Zero Dark Thirty, Unbroken, Detroit
Erin Siminoff, EVP Production, Fox 2000
Chris Weitz, Director, Screenwriter, Producer, Operation Finale, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, A Better Life, About a Boy
Closing Remarks
Peter Bisanz, Executive Director, The Skoll Center for SIE

Friday, March 8, 2019 | All Day
James Bridges Theater