The Digital Hollywood Experience

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visionary, Provencio Pichardo has been integral to the organization’s growth and development increasing its national footprint, forging new strategic partnerships, and challenging conventional thinking along the way.  Her passion, innovation, and entrepreneurial spirit captivate anyone she comes in contact with.  Under her leadership the Foundation has helped thousands of talented students find their voices and forge rewarding careers in every area of television. As an expert in non-profit organizations, Provencio Pichardo has concentrated on education and mentoring programs in the arts and entertainment industry over the course of her career. Prior to joining the Academy, Provencio Pichardo served as Executive Director for Workplace Hollywood, founded by Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and David Geffen designed to ensure that historically underrepresented communities in Los Angeles could successfully compete for and gain access to jobs and business opportunities in the entertainment industry. The first-ever IATSE Roster Referral Program for below-the-line opportunities was implemented under her leadership. Earlier in her career, Provencio Pichardo served as Western Region Vice President of the Emma L. Bowen Foundation, a media diversity initiative, and prior to that, CFO for the Fulfillment Fund, a nationally recognized model mentoring, scholarship and college access program. Provencio Pichardo serves on the CSU Chancellor’s Entertainment Industry Council, National Girl Scouts USA Board of Directors, and the Alliance for Women in Media Advisory Council.  She was recently recommended by Supervisor Hilda Solis for the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and is awaiting confirmation.  She has been named one of the “Most Powerful and Influential Latinos in Entertainment” by the Imagen Foundation several years in a row, and is listed in “Entertainment Power Players” as an inspiring leader.

 

Joely Proudfit (Luiseño), Ph.D., is a descendant of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Mission Indians. Dr. Proudfit holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science with emphasis in public policy and American Indian studies from Northern Arizona University and a B.A. in political science with emphasis in public law from California State University Long Beach. As the first member of her family to complete a high school diploma, she serves as a role model for Native youth and encourages self-determination through knowledge and education. In fall 2008, she joined the faculty at CSU San Marcos as Program Coordinator for Native Studies. She now serves as Department Chair of the newly established American Indian Studies Department. Dr. Proudfit is also the Director of the California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center (CICSC) at CSUSM. Proudfit previously served as a tenured associate professor of public administration and the director of the Tribal Government, Management and Leadership Master of Public Administration (MPA) program and the department chair of American Indian Studies at San Francisco State University. In addition to her academic positions, she was the first special advisor to the Honorable Cruz M. Bustamante, lieutenant governor of California, for California Indian Sovereign Nations in 2002. Dr. Proudfit is also the founder and Executive Director of the California’s American Indian & Indigenous Film Festival. Dr. Proudfit, Chris Eyre (Director/Producer) and Heather Rae (Producer) recently formed Native Networkers, an alliance to promote American Indian representation throughout the film industry. She has presented her research at numerous conferences and media forums, and published numerous essays and articles including: "In the Trenches: A Critical Look at the Isolation of American Indian Political Practices in a Non- Empirical Social Science" in the book Indigenizing the Academy, "Native American Gaming in California" in the book Native Americans (part of the American Political History Series published by the Congressional Quarterly Press) and "From Activism to Academics: The Evolution of American Indian Studies at San Francisco State 1968-2001" in the Indigenous Nations Studies Journal. She is the lead author and researcher on the 2012, 2014 and 2016 ground breaking annual reports on the State of American Indian and Alaskan Native Education in California. These reports have received national attention, acclaim and citation. Dr. Proudfit along with Dr. Warner are the series editors of a ten (10) book contract with Information Age Publishing, Charlotte, NC. The books address American Indian education through the lens of ten different regions throughout the U.S. The first book will be out in 2016 and focuses on California. On Indian Ground-: A Return to Indigenous Knowledge—Generating Hope, Leadership and Sovereignty through Education. Dr. Proudfit is also working on the forthcoming book titled Beyond the American Indian Stereotype: There’s More to Me Than What You See. This text will provide faculty with perspectives and activities to create positive conversations around diversity. Dr. Proudfit is the owner of Naqmayam Communications, an independent, full-service, California Indian-owned and - operated public relations agency. Naqmayam Communications, aka NaqCom, promotes socially conscious marketing and consumer and cultural education. Dr. Proudfit also served as the lead and only AIAN consultant for the 2010 Census for the LA Region AIAN outreach campaign. Proudfit served as a highly visible campaign spokesperson, participating in numerous television ads for both the Proposition 1A – California Constitutional Amendment, Indian Self-Reliance Initiative; and the Proposition 5 – Indian Self-Reliance Initiative. Dr. Proudfit is the recipient of numerous accolades for her work and community service such as: the 2013 Recipient, American Indian Educator of the Year, 36th Annual California Conference on American Indian Education, the California Teachers Association (CTA)'s Salute to Friends of Education Award, the Opportunities Unlimited 2002 Award in recognition of dedication and leadership by Congresswoman Grace F. Napolitano and the CTA, and the John F. Kennedy, Jr. Award for Outstanding Public Service.

Dr. Proudfit is also the recipient of two national grants-- The W.M. Keck’s Foundation’s award to create the American Indian Digital Media Project and The National Endowment for the Humanities award Bridging the Gap to create a model American Indian Studies Program. Additionally, President Barack Obama appointed Dr. Proudfit in February 2016 to the National Advisory Council on Indian Education.

 

Erika Alexander, Actress, Writer/Producer, Activist: Erika Alexander has the kind of life story that seems like it only could happen in the movies.  The child of two orphans, Erika grew up in the mountains of Arizona.  Her father was an itinerant preacher who kept the family moving.  Then, a series of “discoveries” by a who’s who of film, theater and television, propelled her into a remarkable career in the entertainment industry. Famed producers Merchant and Ivory “discovered” Erika in a basement theater in Philadelphia and cast her as the lead in their film, My Little Girl.  She was then “discovered” by legendary theater director Peter Brook for his epic Royal Shakespeare Company production, The Mahabharata.  She created the role of “Madri/Hidimbi” and toured the world.  Public Theater founder Joseph Papp also “discovered” Erika and cast here in his play, The Forbidden City.  As if this weren’t enough, Bill Cosby then “discovered” Erika, and created the recurring role of “Cousin Pam” for her on The Cosby Show. Erika starred for five years as fan favorite “Maxine Shaw” in the hit TV series Living Single, winning two NAACP awards for Best Actress in a Comedy. She also won critical raves as a parole officer-on-the-edge “Dee Mulhern” in Showtime’s original series Street Time. Erika’s film work has been equally distinguished.  She co-starred opposite Denzel Washington in Tony Scott’s Déjà vu for Touchstone Pictures and in director Steven Soderbergh’s independent feature, Full Frontal with Julia Roberts and Brad Pitt.  She has been an indie film standout in such Sundance favorites as 30 Years to Life and Love Liza, which starred Philip Seymour Hoffman.  She also starred in the 2009 indie film La Mission with Benjamin Bratt. On stage, Erika has starred in siz plays at New York’s Public Theater, most recently garnering accolades in The Story opposite Tony-winner Phylicia Rashad.  The New York Times called her work “a nervy, spot-on performance.”  Another highlight was her appearance in the Public’s Shakespeare in the Park production of The Taming of the Shrew. Erika was a national surrogate for Hillary Clinton in her 2008 presidential campaign, and a 2008 William J. Clinton Foundation delegate to Africa.  She is also an activist/advocate for at-risk youth and women and girls, speaking around the county and raising money on their behalf.  She is married to painter and screenwriter Tony Puryear. Erika recurs on the hit USA drama series In Plain Sight and co-created the graphic novel Concrete Park with her husband Tony (www.concretepark.com

 

Tim McNeal, Vice President, Creative Talent Development and Inclusion, Disney ABC Television Group: A veteran of television programming development, Tim McNeal transitioned into talent development when he joined Disney | ABC Television Group (DATG) as Vice President, Talent Development & Diversity in 2006. With the 2013 restructuring of the team, he was promoted to head of Creative Talent Development & Inclusion. In his role, McNeal oversees DATG’s Creative Talent Development programs, including the Disney | ABC Writing Program, Disney | ABC Directing Program, and National Latino Media Council (NLMC)/National Hispanic Media Coalition’s (NHMC) Latino Television Writers Program, among others. He is also responsible for further expanding the scope of these programs across DATG to include ABC Family and Disney Channel. Additionally, McNeal serves as a primary liaison between DATG and diversity-related coalitions, nonprofit arts institutions and entertainment industry guilds, and he leads the strategic planning for the Company’s diversity agenda across DATG business units. Prior to DATG, McNeal joined the programming team that launched The WB Television Network in 1995. As Vice President, Drama Development, McNeal developed such groundbreaking series as Dawson’s Creek, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 7th Heaven and Felicity – all of which were instrumental in building the success of the new network. After working in development for several years, McNeal had a first-look writing deal at The WB. He eventually returned to the executive ranks as Senior Vice President, Development, Tom Lynch Company, where he led the production company’s expansion from kid-centered daytime entertainment to primetime television. Prior to making the move into development at The WB, McNeal was a literary agent at InterTalent and ICM Agencies. A California native, McNeal is on the board of Colour TV, an organization of diverse television executives; and a director on the board of the UCLA Alumni Association. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from UCLA.

 

Joely Proudfit, Ph.D., Director of California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center, Department Chair, American Indian Studies, CSU San Marcos, Executive Director, California’s American Indian & Indigenous Film Festival, President, Naqmayam Communications: Joely Proudfit (Luiseño), Ph.D., is a descendant of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Mission Indians. Dr. Proudfit holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science with emphasis in public policy and American Indian studies from Northern Arizona University and a B.A. in political science with emphasis in public law from California State University Long Beach. As the first member of her family to complete a high school diploma, she serves as a role model for Native youth and encourages self-determination through knowledge and education. In fall 2008, she joined the faculty at CSU San Marcos as Program Coordinator for Native Studies. She now serves as Department Chair of the newly established American Indian Studies Department. Dr. Proudfit is also the Director of the California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center (CICSC) at CSUSM. Proudfit previously served as a tenured associate professor of public administration and the director of the Tribal Government, Management and Leadership Master of Public Administration (MPA) program and the department chair of American Indian Studies at San Francisco State University. In addition to her academic positions, she was the first special advisor to the Honorable Cruz M. Bustamante, lieutenant governor of California, for California Indian Sovereign Nations in 2002. Dr. Proudfit is also the founder and Executive Director of California’s American Indian & Indigenous Film Festival. Dr. Proudfit, Chris Eyre (Director/Producer) and Heather Rae (Producer) recently formed Native Networkers, an alliance to promote American Indian representation throughout the film industry. She has presented her research at numerous conferences and media forums, and published numerous essays and articles including: "In the Trenches: A Critical Look at the Isolation of American Indian Political Practices in a Non-Empirical Social Science" in the book Indigenizing the Academy, "Native American Gaming in California" in the book Native Americans (part of the American Political History Series published by the Congressional Quarterly Press) and "From Activism to Academics: The Evolution of American Indian Studies at San Francisco State 1968-2001" in the Indigenous Nations Studies Journal. She is the lead author and researcher on the 2012, 2014 and 2016 ground breaking annual reports on the State of American Indian and Alaskan Native Education in California. These reports have received national attention, acclaim and citation. Dr. Proudfit along with Dr. Warner are the series editors of a ten (10) book contract with Information Age Publishing, Charlotte, NC. The books address American Indian education through the lens of ten different regions throughout the U.S. The first book will be out in 2016 and focuses on California. On Indian Ground-: A Return to Indigenous Knowledge—Generating Hope, Leadership and Sovereignty through Education. Dr. Proudfit is also working on the forthcoming book titled Beyond the American Indian Stereotype: There’s More to Me Than What You See. This text will provide faculty with perspectives and activities to create positive conversations around diversity. Dr. Proudfit is the owner of Naqmayam Communications, an independent, full-service, California Indian-owned and operated public relations agency. Naqmayam Communications, aka NaqCom, promotes socially conscious marketing and consumer and cultural education. Dr. Proudfit also served as the lead and only AIAN consultant for the 2010 Census for the LA Region AIAN outreach campaign.

 

Chris Eyre, Director/Producer: Chris Eyre is an award winning independent film and television director and producer of 15 feature-length films. Eyre’s diversity in filmmaking is exemplified through his skills at moving between, movies made for television, feature-length documentaries, theatrical feature-films, episodic television and media content advertising campaigns. Eyre’s breakout film SMOKE SIGNALS (1998) earned him two prestigious awards, at the Sundance Film Festival’s “Audience Award” and the “Filmmaker’s Trophy.” After Eyre’s second film, SKINS (2002), People Magazine called him, “the pre-eminent Native American filmmaker of his time.” Eyre has also directed TV episodes of NBC’s - LAW AND ORDER – SVU and FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS. His film HIDE AWAY (2012) premiered at SXSW and had a theatrical release in 2012. Also in 2012, Mr. Eyre became the Chair of The Film School at Santa Fe University of Art and Design in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Eyre latest film as Executive Producer along side fellow producers, Terrance Malick and Natalie Portman is a documentary feature THE SEVENTH FIRE(2016) with premiere at The Berlin Film Festival and was recently invited to screen at The White House(March 2016). THE SEVENTH FIRE opens in New York City in July 2016. Eyre serves on Advisory Boards for the New Mexico Film Commission, Greater Santa Fe Film Commission and the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival. Eyre has served on numerous film festival juries including, Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival and VisonMaker Media Film Festival. Some of his other awards include, a Peabody, Daytime Emmy, Taos Land-Grant Award (5 acres), a Directors’ Guild of America Award and a Humanitas Award. In 2008, USA Artists named Eyre one of the 50 most important artists in America. Chris Eyre is represented by Sean Barclay at The Gersh Agency in Los Angeles and managed by Art Rutter at Critical Mass Media. Eyre’s latest project is A WHALE HUNT (2017) written by author and screenwriter Sherman Alexie.

 

Dr. Dina Ibrahim, Director, The California State University Entertainment Industry Initiative & Associate Professor, Broadcast & Electronic Media Arts, San Francisco State University: Dina Ibrahim is an Associate Professor of Broadcast & Electronic Communication Arts at San Francisco State University, where she teaches radio and television news production and media performance. She has reported and produced for the BBC World Service Radio in London, United Press International in Cairo, CNN in Atlanta, NPR in Austin, KPOO 89.5 FM in San Francisco and CreaTV in San Jose. Her research interests include the psychological impact of television news on both Muslim and Jewish audiences, the role of journalists in the post-revolutionary transition to democracy in Egypt, and analyzing American television representations of the Mideast. She is the co-author of “Television and Radio Announcing (New York: Pearson, 2013) and an associate producer of the upcoming documentary Hope & Fear: Egypt on the Tipping Point. She received her BA & MA from the American University in Cairo and her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

The Stakeholders Summit: Private – Public Partnerships in Higher Education

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM, The Guerin A, Live Webcast

Investing in Diversity: The Social Impact in Higher Education & The Entertainment Industry

Joely Proufit, Director California Indian Culture & Sovereignty Center, CSU San Marcos

Henry Puente, Associate Professor, Entertainment Studies, CSU Fullerton

Nate Thomas, Professor, Cinema & TV Arts, CSU Northridge

Darnell Hunt, Director, UCLA Bunche Center for African American Studies

Erika Alexander, Actress, Writer/Producer, Activist

Chris Eyre, Director/Producer

Tim McNeal, VP of Creative Talent Development & Inclusion, Disney/ABC Television Group

Norma Provincio Pichardo, Executive Director, TV Academy Foundation

Moderator - Dr. Dina Ibrahim, Director, The California State University Entertainment Industry Initiative

 

Norma Provencio Pichardo is Executive Director of the Television Academy Foundation; the charitable arm of the Television Academy, committed to the engagement, advancement, and education of future television leaders.  As a