WarnerMedia highlights its focus on diversity at Sundance Film Festival

30 Jan 2019 - By WarnerMedia Staff

The Sundance Film Festival, the mecca for independent film and cutting-edge media, kicked off its 38th year this past weekend in Park City, Utah. 

WarnerMedia hosted several events focused on diversity and inclusion, furthering the company’s goal to increase the number of diverse storytellers both in front of and behind the camera. Events included WarnerMedia’s diversity reception, Turner’s diverse filmmakers’ breakfast, and HBO’s #MeToo panel discussion. For more information about the company’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, read WarnerMedia's full policy here.

Below is a sampling of other highlights from groups across the WarnerMedia portfolio:

HBO

HBO hosted a panel discussion in partnership with the #MeToo movement, moderated by Kendrick Sampson from “Insecure.” Panelists included #MeToo founder, Tarana Burke, actor Terry Crews, and Montse Barrena, EVP Group Account Director – Deutsch. Four new #MeToo PSA’s also made their premiere during the panel.

Turner

As part of Turner’s external partnership efforts, the company hosted a meet-and-greet for filmmakers from Film Independent’s Project Involve Program, as well as writers from the Sundance Institute Episodic Lab and American Black Film Festival (ABFF) fellows. These partnerships support Turner’s goal of increasing the number of diverse storytellers both in front of and behind the camera and also aligns with WarnerMedia’s Diversity and Inclusion Policy. The event took place at CNN Films’ Lounge and participating Turner executives included Sandra Dewey (TNT/TBS), Sarah Aubrey (TNT), Amy Entelis (CNN) and Billy Wee (TBS).

CNN Films debuted two new documentaries at this year’s festival, “Apollo 11” and “Halston.” “Apollo 11” features never-before-seen footage of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s famous mission to the moon in 1969, while “Halston” takes a look at the life and legacy of international fashion icon Roy Halston Frowick. Both of the films that CNN Films debuted at last year’s festival ("RBG" and "Three Identical Strangers") received BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) nominations. “RBG” was also nominated for two Academy Awards, including Best Documentary Feature and Best Original Song.  

Turner also held a sneak-peek screening of the first two episodes of “I Am the Night,” TNT’s newest limited series, and a “Miracle Workers” brunch panel, with stars Steve Buscemi and Daniel Radcliffe. “I Am the Night” premiered on TNT on Jan. 28 and “Miracle Workers” will make its debut on TBS on Feb. 12.