ABOUT THE EVENT
“The Future of the Industry” summit is a two-day event powered by Los Angeles Urban League Young Professionals that will empower and educate young professionals and college students on the emerging technologies that will impact the future of Film/TV, Music, and Sports/eSports.
The weekend will conclude with an intimate brunch and silent auction to award current and future changemakers in Hollywood. Silent auction proceeds will benefit LAULYP member-only events and the United Negro College Fund and its Emerging Leaders program.
Summit at a Glance
Conversations for the Culture
Hack on Diversity in Entertainment
9:00 - 9:30am
A conversation between Entertainment professionals on the importance of including people of color on creative teams. Attendees will walk away insights on how to use transferable skills to gain employment, develop projects, and how Talent Managers, Lawyers, Publicists, and Agents work together to create magic!
Bridging the Gap: Creative Artists Agency (CAA) Presents the Business of Entertainment
10:00am - 11:00am
Positioned at the nexus of talent, content, brands, technology, sports, and live events, Creative Artists Agency (CAA) creates limitless opportunities for the storytellers, trendsetters, icons, and thought leaders who shape popular culture. Since our founding in 1975, across film, TV, music, sports, digital media, marketing, and beyond, CAA represents thousands of the world’s leading actors, directors, writers, producers, musical artists, comedians, authors, athletes, coaches, broadcasters, teams, leagues, chefs, designers, consumer brands, and more. Fostering an environment inclusive of more diverse voices, from diverse backgrounds, makes our company stronger, and provides a richer and better experience for our employees, our clients, and audiences worldwide.
Side Hustle to CEO: Power and Profit
11:00am - 12:00pm
A panel of multi-hyphenates will share lessons on their journey in Entertainment. Creative Entrepreneurs will learn how to leverage the relationships and resources of their full- time job to fulfill the needs of a startup business, how to balance multiple projects, asking for what you’re worth, and finding your “Why” in the Industry.
Film Screening and Conversation: Colors of Sankofa
A few weeks before a trip to Ghana, budding CEO, Elyse Bempong finds herself forced to replace her second in command. After swimming through what seems like a never ending pile of applicant resumés, a familiar name appears in the pile. However, this feeling was far from warm and fuzzy. An undesired opening in her empire leads Elyse to a place she never thought she would have to go back to. A despised past she worked diligently to disappear returns in the most unlikely of ways.
This short drama was created to highlight the harsh realities of colorism in a world obsessed with lighter skin, as well as, dive into the long term effects of bullying.
Physical and Mental Health in Entertainment
2:15pm - 2:45pm
Attendees will learn how to identify and find solutions to unhealthy practices around the high stakes of the Entertainment Industry. Future Executives, Artists, Influencers, and Entrepreneurs will learn how to protect their mental health in the age of social media and cope with the realities of the world.
Black Women at Disney: Storytelling Meets Innovation
2:45pm - 3:15pm
Disney is an inspiring family of companies using storytelling, technology, and inclusion to embrace new audiences and to foster new genuine connections with diverse communities. Join us for an entertaining panel featuring Black female leaders as they discuss their amazing career paths and how they use tech and innovation within their roles across the Disney universe.
UTA Presents: Agency Life as a Young Professional
3:15pm - 4:15pm
United Talent Agency (UTA) is one of the world’s leading talent and entertainment companies and represents pioneering artists, storytellers, entertainers, and brands. At the heart of UTA is a culture of entrepreneurship and an unwavering passion for media and entertainment; for business and the arts. This panel will give you an insider look on how our company’s young professionals embody these values. Each person has a unique story on how they got into the industry and why they chose the Agency experience. Our UTA colleagues will leave you with a better understanding of what it takes to thrive and grow as a leader in entertainment.
Moderator - Coordinator, Inclusion
Coordinator, Motion Picture Literary
Assistant, Motion Picture Literary
Walt Disney Company Presents: A Conversation with Marlon West
5:30pm - 5:45pm
For almost 30 years, Marlon West’s vision and creative works have leapt onto the big screen of feature animation. From Lion King, Princess and the Frog, and the upcoming Frozen 2 featuring Sterling K. Brown, West has ascended Disney Animation’s leadership ranks to become one of the most influential Black animation executives in Hollywood. Join us for an exciting fireside chat to learn more about West’s story and his inspiring journey.
The Next Generation Awards Brunch and Silent Auction (Invite Only)
Welcome Toast by UTA's Marjorie Williams, Business Affairs
Networking Brunch and Silent Auction Hosted by UTA
Next Generation Award Trell Thomas, WACO Theatre and Black Excellence Brunch
Artivism Award BeWoke.Vote Campaign
Impact Award Cela Sutton, ARRAY Filmworks
Silent Auction proceeds benefiting LAULYP Members Only Events and UNCF Emerging Leaders
In Partnership with UNCF Emerging Leaders
The Emerging Leaders is a group of young leaders in Los Angeles who are committed to UNCF’s mission, inspired by the opportunities, and eager to make an impact. Whether in their companies, among their peer groups, or in their community and civic leadership roles, Emerging Leaders take a forward-thinking approach to social impact and lead innovation in their programming and among their social circles. They come from every industry and every walk of life, but join together as a generation dedicated to carrying on the mission and the message of UNCF in Los Angeles."
Apply for an Industry Master Class
We’ve partnered with Industry Professionals to host an intimate workshop for 22 young professionals serious about developing their career in the Entertainment Industry. Whether you’re entry level, mid-level, or a senior executive, you’ll benefit from one of these classes!
Blessed, Booked and Busy with Kristen V. Carter, Trust Your Magic
Blessed, Booked and Busy is an interactive workshop dedicated to supporting creative freelancers and emerging entrepreneurs with building & sustaining six-figure careers. Inside the workshop, participants will examine how to pursue passion & purpose while sustaining your pockets!
An Introduction to Podcasting with Felicia “The Poetess” Morris - Morris Media
Morris Media Studios is a professional podcast and voice-over studio located in the heart of Los Angeles' vibrant Leimert Park. The facility provides a creative space for clients to host and produce podcasts, audiobooks, and narration. MMS also streams live audio and video podcast to Facebook and YouTube. Other amenities include gated parking, a conference room, lobby, and a full kitchen. We take the utmost care in customer satisfaction and provide top-quality production services at competitive rates.
Raise Your Voice at our Townhall
Hip Hop & Politics: Using Culture and Creativity to Cultivate Change
This year marks the 44th anniversary of the birth of Hip Hop, a genre political in and of itself. Attendees will be led in conversation by LAULYP Entertainment Committee member, Ebony Durham to discuss how artists can use their creativity to cultivate change.
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- 1 Saturday Ticket
- 1 year Membership
- Entertainment Summit T-Shirt
The Future of the Industry Summit
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- 1 Saturday Ticket
- Includes a 1 Year Membership for access to additional events with our partners
Next Generation Awards Brunch
and Silent Auction
Presented by United Talent Agency
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Career Meet and Greets
Reserve 15-minute meetings with our partners hiring managers and recruiters. Bring your resume and start a conversation!
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