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July 11th, 2018 by Cherry
Crunchyroll and VRV are ready for SDCC and fans of anime and manga should get ready for 2 panels discussing the artform we all love! That will include the aggregation of premium SVOD channels including Crunchyroll, Funimation, Rooster Teeth, Drama Fever and more. The first panel is on Thursday, July 19th from 8-9PM in room 29AM where they will discuss Tech & Innovation in Animation presented by VRV. The Crunchyroll Industry panel is on Saturday, July 21st from 8:30-9:30PM in 7AB where they will talk about Anime and Manga! 
  • Thursday, July 19 from 8 – 9 PM in room 29AB: Tech & Innovation in Animation presented by VRV.
    • Synopsis: Technology has changed everything! Hear from your favorite creators at Cartoon Hangover, Crunchyroll, VRV and more about trends in animation and technology. Listen as your favorite creators talk about how they push the envelope creatively, how they challenge themselves and each other, how they integrate technology into their animation pipelines and creative process and how they try to stay ahead of the curve to keep their work innovative. Attendees will get a sneak peek at upcoming projects and a special gift from VRV!
    • Panelists include:
      • Lydia Bottegoni, the SVP of Story and Franchise Development at Blizzard
      • Fred Seibert, Founder and CEO of Frederator Networks
      • Margaret Dean, head of studio at Crunchyroll, Ellation
  • Saturday July 21 at 8:30-9:30 PM in room 7AB: Crunchyroll Industry Panel: The Latest and Hottest in Anime & Manga Today!

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July 11th, 2018 by Cherry

I’m coming to geek out with the new Doctor Who (Jodie Whittaker) who’ll be brining some chick energy to the Tardis as the first woman Doctor Who but keep MUCH respect to ‘the Master’ aka Missy (Michelle Gomez) after his final regeneration. I’m sure this panel in Hall H on July 19th at 11:45AM (PT) will be packed with fans curious about the new direction with Jodie Whittaker and her companions Ryan (Tosin Cole) & Mandip Gill (Yasmin), new show runner  (Chris Chibnall) & executive producer (Matt Strevens) will bring and well a woman doctor! SDCC attendees have to head to the BBC America Booth 4129 for exclusives and grab them early because they sell out! From Titan limited edition vinyl collectible, Funko 13th Doctor Pop!, Her Universe Rainbow Striped Top (hope it comes in my size) and hopefully socks, posters and keychains! I alway love to carry my K-9 and Tardis love with me! Any items not sold out at SDCC will be available at Hot Topic and the (USA) and Forbidden Planet (UK) and preorder close on July 23rd. Of course you can wait till the fall for them to be released but who wants to wait??? Especially the cute stylish Doctor fashion that can be found at the Her Universe Booth 1321 but for non SDCC attendees you can get your stylish wear this fall just in time for the premier of the new 13th Doctor! How can I choose between the cute top and my own pocket doctor????

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  • From Funko, the Thirteenth Doctor Pop! will be available at SDCC 2018 in the BBC Shop at BBC AMERICA booth #4129 and at Funko booth #5341/5347, as well as in retail in both the U.S. and UK this fall.


  • A new Doctor also means new costumes and Her Universe is debuting the Thirteenth Doctor’s fashionable rainbow striped top, long coat, and blue trousers, which will be available at the Her Universe booth #1321 and later in the fall at Hot Topic stores in the U.S.


  • Doctor Who licensee Titan has produced two limited-edition 6.5” vinyl collectibles for the upcoming season: a Thirteenth Doctor TITAN, and a Thirteenth Doctor Kawaii TITAN, both of which will debut at SDCC 2018 in the BBC Shop at BBC AMERICA booth #4129 and at Titan Entertainment booth #5537.


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October 23rd, 2016 by Cherry

The Forum, “Expanding the Conversation: Asian Americans in Media,” is Designed to be a Solutions-Oriented Conversation

About the Status of Asian Americans Moving the Needle on Diversity and Inclusion in Hollywood is taking place on November 2nd. I’m very excited about this panel talking about the lack of diversity for Asian actors sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal and the Center for Asian American Media.


Image result for Center for Asian American Media “People are hungry for authentic representations of Asian Americans,” Stephen Gong, CAAM’s Executive Director, said. “CAAM is extremely proud to present this forum during a pivotal time in our nation. We believe that positive social change takes place not from above, but from within, from many local actions occurring simultaneously. We hope this conversation will spark real change within the media industry.”


Panelists for This Forum Include Sandra Oh (Sideways, Grey’s Anatomy), Grace Lee (Peabody Award-winning director of American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs), Karen Horne (SVP, Talent Development & Inclusion, NBCUniversal) and the moderator Richard Lui (MSNBC Anchor). This panel of talent from in front and behind the camera will offer will have a conversation about working in Hollywood.


It’s an important topic as our nation becomes more diverse and entertainment has to appeal to a global market. I strongly disagree with the belief that everyone’s default is a white man/woman. I enjoy seeing people of not only diverse backgrounds but telling stories from their point of view. It’s been over twenty years since an Asian American had a series on network TV and with the success of Fresh Off the Boat, Dr. Ken and Quantico hopefully will encourage Hollywood to not whitewash stories. If you look at the demographics Asians make up the largest growing ethnic group in the United States and more than half of the nation’s children under 18 are expected to be part of a minority race or ethnic group by 2020 (US Census). This is why Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are insisting on having a conversation about why their voices should be heard and seen!

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Karen Horne is the Senior Vice President, Programming Talent Development and Inclusion for NBC Entertainment and Universal Television Studios. Horne oversees in-front-of and behind-the-camera diversity efforts for NBC and Universal Television. NBC’s Writers on the Verge Program, the Emerging Directors Program, nationwide talent search StandUp NBC, NBC’s Late Night Writers Workshop and the NBCUniversal Short Film Festival are among the more than 20 programs she heads while also overseeing NBC’s Diversity Staffing Initiative and working with the creative programming team to identify diverse development.


Image result for Grace Lee directed the Peabody award-winning documentary AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: THE EVOLUTION OF GRACE LEE BOGGSGrace Lee directed the Peabody award-winning documentary AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: THE EVOLUTION OF GRACE LEE BOGGS that was broadcast on the PBS series POV. Her other documentaries include THE GRACE LEE PROJECT, MAKERS: WOMEN IN POLITICS and OFF THE MENU: ASIAN AMERICA. Her other directing credits include the feature film JANEANE FROM DES MOINES, which premiered at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival as well as AMERICAN ZOMBIE which premiered at Slamdance and is distributed by Cinema Libre. She is currently a Women at Sundance Fellow.


Image result for Sandra Oh 2016Sandra Oh was born and raised in Ottawa, Canada, Sandra Oh moved to Los Angeles in 1996 to begin the first of seven seasons as Rita Wu, the smart and sassy assistant on the HBO comedy series, Arli$$, for which she won a Cable Ace Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy. She has been nominated for five Emmy Awards and won a Golden Globe Award (Best Actress in a Supporting Role), a Screen Actors Guild Awards (Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor/ Cast in a Drama Series) and a Diversity Award (2005 Creative Liberty Award) for her portrayal of Cristina Yang on Grey’s Anatomy. Ms. Oh jumped the pond for SKY1’s Thorne: Scaredy Cat, which aired in the US on Starz Encore. Sandra is currently guest starring on ABC’s American Crime. Ms. Oh’s recent theatre work includes Julia Cho’s Office Hour, which premiered at SCR this spring and will be at the Public in 2018. As well as an upcoming production of Hansol Jung’s Wild Goose Dreams at La Jolla 2017. She has starred in productions of Death and the Maiden at Victory Gardens in Chicago, Diana Son’s Stop Kiss and Satellites at the Public in NYC, Jessica Hagedorn’s “Dogeaters” at La Jolla Playhouse and Oleanna at the Grand theatre and National Arts Centre in Canada.


Image result for Richard Lui msnbcRichard Lui is a journalist and news anchor for MSNBC. Before in 2007 at CNN Worldwide, he became the first Asian American male to anchor a daily, national cable news show.





The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to presenting stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible. We do this by funding, producing, distributing and exhibiting works in film, television and digital media. To learn more, visit #storiestolight


NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation. To learn more visit:


About the NBCUniversal Talent Infusion Programs (NBCUNI TIPS)   Since 2000, NBCUniversal has been dedicated to discovering and nurturing on screen and behind-the-camera talent of diverse and inclusive backgrounds through the NBCUniversal Talent Infusion Programs (NBCUNI TIPS). NBCUNI TIPS are amongst the most extensive and robust diversity and inclusion programs in the television industry. They feature 21 programs including the Writer’s on the Verge Program, Diverse Staff Writer Initiative, Emerging Director Program, StandUp NBC nationwide search for stand-up comedians and the NBCUniversal SHORT FILM FESTIVAL that celebrates diverse stories. Program alumni are celebrated producers, writers, directors and actors in the entertainment industry who have gone on to win Academy Awards®, Emmys, Golden Globes and SAG Awards. For more information, visit #nbcunitips

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August 11th, 2016 by Cherry

Attend the 4th Annual Mobile Retail and Food Truck Business Expo with Cassie Betts, CEO of District 2 speaking about how she started her online fashion brand.

This event is a must attend for those interested in hearing from successful business owners on how they made their dreams a reality.


VSEDC  4th Annual Mobile Retail and Food Truck Business Expo Returns

We appreciate Vermont Slauson for Economic Development (VSEDC) for bringing us this unique opportunity. Our CEO Cassie Betts will be speaking on how to start your fashion brand online. This could be a golden opportunity for people looking into start own fashion brand. 

Event Highlights:

  • Partnerships with the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, Marco Antonio Regil, Television Host, LA Economic and Workforce Development Department, Fashion Business Institute, East West Bank, Premier Bank, Opportunity Fund, LA Food Council, Freshworks Program and both the American Mobile Retail Association (AMRA) and the Southern California Mobile Food Vendors Association (socalmfva).
  • More exhibitors including Kareen Carts
  • And new this year workshops and seminars on Social Media for Your Business, Crowdfunding to Finance Your Business, Email Marketing, How to Start Your Business in a Day with the City of Los Angeles,  Taking Your Business Mobile and more…
  • New this year is a special spotlight on two Crowdfunding Hometown Hero Businesses.  Real talk from two entrepreneurs who did it successfully.

Let’s be part of this unique opportunity. For event details click HERE


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July 6th, 2016 by Cherry

Grimmsters get ready to camp out at Ballroom 20 to see the cast of Grimm!


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The SDCC panel is on Saturday July, 23 at 2:30

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 David Giuntoli, “Nick Burkhardt”

Russell Hornsby, “Hank Griffin”

Bitsie Tulloch, “Juliette Silverton / Eve”

Screen Shot 2016-07-06 at 9.24.03 PMSilas Weir Mitchell, “Monroe”

Sasha Roiz, “Sean Renard”

Reggie Lee, “Drew Wu”
Bree Turner
, “Rosalee Calvert”

Claire Coffee, “Adalind Schade”

Jim Kouf, Executive Producer

David Greenwalt, Executive Producer




The “Grimm” panel is on Saturday, July 23, 2:30-3:15 PM in Ballroom 20.

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Produced by Universal Television, “Grimm” is a drama series inspired by the classic Grimm Brothers’ Fairy Tales. After Portland homicide detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) discovers he’s descended from an elite line of criminal profilers known as “Grimms,” he increasingly finds his responsibilities as a detective at odds with his new responsibilities as a Grimm.

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April 15th, 2016 by Cherry

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Content creators head to the Hollywood Comedy Shorts Fireside Chat and Cocktail reception to learn about monetizing comedy shorts for digital platforms from the creators and business side.


Topic: Monetizing premium short form comedy content in the ever-expanding digital ecosystem 


Kevin BigleyCo-Founder BigCob ProductionsSirens (USA Network), Now We’re Talking (Verizon Go90)

Kesila Childers, Vice President, Digital Media-Bunim/Murray Productions

Galen D’attilio, Business Development, Daily Motion USA 

Zoe Friedman, SVP Development, Blue Ribbon Content (Warner Bros.) 

Brittany Turner, VP of Digital Video, Adaptive Studios




Amber J Lawson, Top 50 Women in Digital Producing philanthropist, super connector, content programing and development executive, board advisor committed to doing good at scale, Good Amplified. 

Date/Time: Saturday, April 16, 2016 4pm-7pm

Location: Ignited Spaces, 7080 Hollywood Blvd, #1100, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Hollywood Comedy Shorts will highlight short comedy, web series, TV episodic, Comedy Screenplays, and Dark Comedy shorts with the goal of screening the best comedic content from around the world for a Hollywood industry audience! The festival will take place at the world famous TCL Chinese Theatres in Hollywood, two days of screenings, filmmaker Q and A’s, panel, parties, and the awards party!

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March 30th, 2016 by Arielle Goldberg


A zombie show derived from another zombie show that was derived from a comic book? How could this possibly be good? This question was swiftly answered by an hour with the cast and creators at Paleyfest 2016.

The event kicked off with a clip of the final scene of the season 1 finale, catching us up on the emotional note where we left off with Travis having killed Liza. The audience was then treated to two exclusive sneak peeks from the season two premiere that sent adrenaline coursing through the veins of even a newcomer to the show like myself.


Although we were still engrossed in the suspenseful scenes, as the cast stepped onto the stage one by one, they were greeted with the audience’s full attention and enthusiasm.

Throughout the panel, moderator Bob Moynihan asked a range of questions from the technicalities of filming on a boat to the writing challenges of separating this show from its companion The Walking Dead to the inner struggles of individual characters. The thoughtful insights about characters and stories delivered by each member of Fear the Walking Dead were punctuated with jokes and funny moments that sent the audience into uproarious laughter multiple times.


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It was made abundantly clear that the passion the fans have for this new show is shared by its cast and creators. They poked fun at themselves for the supernatural storyline, talking about how fun it was to film with zombies. Yet at the same time deeply connected the audience to their characters. Not many people can relate to living with an impending zombie apocalypse, but the raw emotion evoked is something that is universally resonant.

Of course, season 2 could not be completely divulged to us. However, besides the sneak peeks, we were given hints of questions that might be answered. The tangled web of characters, some of whom are family, some not, will face new tests both with each other and the apocalyptic world they live in. To put it simply in the words of Rubén Blade, “Season one was about discovery. Season two is about reaction.”

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Fans: stay tuned and brace yourselves for what promises to be a phenomenal season. Non-viewers: start binging. There’s a reason why the fans are so invested. Catch the season two premiere Sunday, April 10th.


By Arielle Goldberg

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March 18th, 2016 by Cherry

Head to PaleyLive to hear from the cast and creators of the TBS series Angie Tribeca a comedy series in the spirit of Airplane.

An Evening with Angie Tribeca
Screening & Conversation

Thursday, April 14, 20167:00 pm PT 

Created by Steve and Nancy Walls Carell, TBS’s Angie Tribeca is a “relentless, ridiculous joke machine in the vein of Airplane! and Police Squad,” according to HitFixTV critic Alan Sepinwall. Office/Parks and Recreation alum Rashida Jones stars in the title role, as an earnest LAPD detective navigating a surreal world. The panel will discuss the hijinx of the first season, and tease thoughts about season two.


Rashida Jones, “Angie Tribeca”
Hayes MacArthur
, “Jay Geils”
Andree Vermeulen
, “Monica Scholls”
Jere Burns
, “Lt. Chet Atkins”
Ira Ungerleider
, Executive Producer
Additional guests to be announced.

Join Now. 

Tickets Often Sell Out to Members. Take Advantage of the Presale by Becoming a Member Today!

Tickets on sale to Paley Supporting & Patron Members NOW.
Tix go on sale to Paley Individual Members Wed., March 16 at 9:00 am PT.
Tix go on sale to General Public Thurs., March 17 at 9:00 am PT. 



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March 18th, 2016 by Cherry

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The Black-ish Panel was hosted by the enthusiastic Entertainment Tonight presenter, Nischelle Turner. One could easily tell she was just as big a fan as everyone in the audience. Before the cast was introduced, the audience was given an exclusive view of a not yet aired episode. To no one’s surprise, it was difficult for the audience to not go long without erupting into laughter from the witty and clever episode.

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Nichelle Turner and the cast and creatives of Black-ish © Rob Latour

The cast was finally introduced and once everyone was seated no time was wasted. The cast spoke about the latest aired episode, “Hope,” how it came to be, and how everyone went about taking on their roles.

Yara Shahidi, Marcus Scribner, Miles Brown, and Marsai Martin at PaleyFest LA 2016 honoring black-ish, presented by The Paley Center for Media, at the Dolby Theatre on March 13, 2016 in Hollywood, California. © Michael Bulbenko for the Paley Center







Creator/EP Kenya Barris and EP Jonathan Groff © Michael Bulbenko for the Paley Center

Executive producer and creator, Kenya Barris and executive producer, Jonathan Groff spoke about the future of the show and the direction it will be taken in especially since it was recently renewed for its third

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Each actor also spoke about how they take on each character, and how much of their characters are actually themselves. Marsai Martin (“Diane Johnson”) hilariously found it difficult to say how sassy she was in comparison to her character.

Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross © Rob Latour for the Paley Center

Overall, it was a fun and light event. Throughout the entire panel, the cast carried on with each other with playful banter, especially Anthony Anderson (“Andre ‘Dre’ Johnson”) and Tracee Ellis Ross (“Rainbow Johnson”) that kept the audience in an uproar of laughter. It was easy to see how they manage such perfect on-screen chemistry.

Fans of the show have much to look forward to in terms of the show’s future. Also, if you’d like to watch the entire panel for yourself, you can check it out on Hulu in its full form.


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March 12th, 2016 by Cherry

The Better Call Saul cast took to the red carpet at PaleyFest 2016 on March 12th at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. 

Bromantic co-creators Peter Gould (Creator, EP) and Vince Gilligan (Showrunner, EP, Writer) showed their excitement about their flourishing Breaking Bad spinoff (airing Monday nights on AMC)

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BFFs Michael Mando and Rhea Seehorn were in hot pursuit, followed by the rest of the Saul cast (as seen in the video).

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Variety media strategist, Debra Birnbaum, praised the first season for its “depth, humor and heartbreak”. Before the audience of hardcore Saul fans could collect themselves, we were surprisingly treated to a first look at the newest episode, before the rest of the world could lay eyes on it!
The booming and bumping of Atmos technology was palpable inside the Dolby Theatre – it was a real treat to see each brilliantly calculated shot matched with such expert sound design from the Saul creative team.
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The crowd at PaleyFest roared its approval in sheer delight and surprise as a surprise guest appearance of Mark Margolis (Tio Salamanca) lit up the screen! Even title star Bob Odenkirk (“Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman”) was a little shocked, watching it all back: “I can’t remember what happens in these episodes.”
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Peter Gould tied up the dynamic PaleyFest conversation with his personal discipline mantra on integrating Breaking Bad characters: “The difficulty is not to overdo it…to have characters walking in the background or having mud splashed on them as Jimmy drives by.”

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Fans of Better Call Saul will surely enjoy the new season, which the writers can promise is full of difficulties between Jimmy and Chuck (Michael McKean), and an ensuing struggle between Jimmy and Kim (Rhea Seehorn) to re-kindle their romance and reclaim their own narratives. Her character’s “I save me” line is a huge slap in the face for Jimmy, who will evidently go through a lot more until Peter Gould and Vince Gilligan see fit to transition him to sleazy fan-favorite, Saul Goodman! Will it happen anytime soon?

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In the words of Peter Gould himself: “I hate to say it, but there is no master plan.”

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Thank you to Joy Ofodu for covering the Better Call Saul Red Carpet and Panel at the 2016 Paley Fest

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