ArcLight Cinemas Announces Extension of Women in Entertainment Program in Chicago

CHICAGO, October 14, 2016– On October 24, 2016, ArcLight Cinemas, a premier moviegoing destination, will present Women in Entertainment Chicago in partnership with Women in Film Chicago and IFP Chicago. The event will take place at ArcLight Cinemas Chicago, hosted by ArcLight’s Executive Vice President Gretchen McCourt, Women in Film Chicago President Carrie Hunter, and IFP Chicago Executive Director Nicole Bernardi-Reis.

The event is an extension of the ArcLight Women in Entertainment (WIE) events presented in Los Angeles, which gather visionaries and thought leaders who are dedicated to celebrating the empowerment of women in all areas of the entertainment industry. WIE events in Los Angeles include the inaugural Women in Entertainment Summit in November 2015, the WIE Workshops in May 2016, and the second annual WIE Summit taking place on November 10, 2016. The first WIE Chicago event is designed to spark a broad, transparent dialogue that explores gender equality and challenges faced by women in the entertainment industry, with a specific focus on the Chicago area.

The event will feature panel discussions with prominent members of the Chicago film community, focusing on branding and diversifying women’s role in entertainment, mentoring the next generation of creative women, how the film industry is impacted by women, and how women can work together to portray a unique perspective across the different categories of entertainment.

“We’re thrilled to explore similar insightful topics that are examined at our Los Angeles events with these esteemed Chicago filmmakers,” stated ArcLight’s Executive Vice President Gretchen McCourt. “ArcLight is proud to be bringing Women in Entertainment to such an empowering film community.”

Women in Entertainment Chicago’s keynote speaker is Sanaa Hamri, an Executive Producer and Director on Empire (FOX). She also directed The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 and episodes of Shameless, Nashville, and 90210. She will join in conversation with Susanna Homan, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Chicago magazine.

Speakers also include Nicole Bernardi-Reis; Executive Director of IFP Chicago; Rich Moskal, Director of the Chicago Film Office; Betsy Steinberg, Executive Director of Kartemquin Films; Susie Linker; Co-Founder, Elevated Films Chicago; Maria Finitzo, Kartemquin Films Associate, Social-Issue Documentary Filmmaker; Jennifer Reeder, Filmmaker and Visual Artist, Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago; Beckie Stocchetti, Independent/Local Film Initiatives, Chicago Film Office; Oriana Oppice, Director, Producer, Writer, Actor, and Director of Programming of Women in Film Chicago; Leslie Neilan, Producer and Screenwriter; Fawzia Mirza; Actor, Writer, and Producer; and Laurel Ward, Producer at Ocean Pictures.

Carrie Hunter, President of Women in Film Chicago stated, “With such inspiring events around Women in Entertainment in Los Angeles, we couldn’t think of a better partner than ArcLight to bring such amazing content and important discussions to Chicago.”

The evening also includes an opening reception at 5:30 PM sponsored by local Chicago establishments 90+ Cellars and Knife & Tine. Tickets can be purchased in advance at


Deadline Hollywood Exclusive: Ilene Chaiken, Betsy Beers & More Set For Women In Entertainment Summit

EXCLUSIVE: Shondaland’s Betsy Beers, Empire executive producer Ilene Chaiken and Bad Moms producer Suzanne Todd, have been added to the list of speakers at the 2nd annual Women in Entertainment Summit presented by ArcLight Cinemas. They will be joined by other producers, execs, and filmmakers at the November 10 event at the Cinerama Dome in Los Angeles to address equality, diversity, and women’s leadership in Hollywood.

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ArcLight Cinemas Announces Speakers for Second Annual Women in Entertainment Summit

Los Angeles, Sept 28, 2016– ArcLight Cinemas today announced additional speakers for the second annual ArcLight Presents Women in Entertainment Summit. The Summit will take place on November 10, 2016, from 9 am to 5 pm in the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, CA.

Thought-provoking panel discussions, fireside chats, and keynotes at the summit will address an array of themes in equality, women’s leadership, and empowerment, including how organizations are implementing programs and steps to ensure diversity and equality; ways in which ideas about gender and sexuality shape social roles and identities; diversifying women’s role in entertainment and how to overcome roadblocks; how women can support each other on camera and behind the screen; inspiring the next generation of creatives to follow their passions, and the need for female-led storytelling and the building of strong female characters.

Newly announced speakers include: Suzanne Todd, Producer of Bad Moms, Alice in Wonderland, and Across the Universe; Chiara Tilesi, Founder of We Do It Together; Haifaa Al Mansour, Director and Writer of Wadjda and Saudi Arabia’s first female filmmaker; Alexandra Patsavas, Founder of Chop Shop Music Supervision; Shohreh Aghdashloo, Actress, House of Saddam (HBO), The Expanse (Syfy); Betsy Beers, ShondaLand Partner and Executive Producer; Dalia Ganz, Director of Digital & Partnership Marketing for Freeform; Linda Ong, CEO of TruthCo; Ilene Chaiken, Executive Producer and Showrunner, Empire (FOX); Susan Wright, CEO of Criterion Group; Lydia Dean-Pilcher, Producers Guild of America Vice President, Motion Pictures; Amanda Hill, Chief Marketing Officer, A&E Networks; Robin Bronk, CEO of The Creative Coalition; Allison Schroeder, Co-Chair of the WGA Committee of Women Writers; Jennifer Warren, Alliance of Women Directors Founder & Chairperson; Madeline Di Nonno, CEO of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media; Jessica Sharzer, Executive Producer, STAR, Writer and Executive Producer, American Horror Story; Tish Ciravolo, President and Founder of Daisy Rock Guitars; Kara Holden, Screenwriter; and Kieran Medina from OutFest.

The event will take place in ArcLight's iconic Cinerama Dome to gather women and men who are dedicated to celebrating the empowerment of women in all areas of the entertainment industry. The ArcLight Presents Women in Entertainment Summit is sponsored by Google, The Coca-Cola Company, Royal Paper Corporation, The Creative Coalition, Pearson, The Criterion Group, MOO, Golden Road Brewing, and The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at entertainment and