Ladies in Animation Summit Set for July 29 at SIGGRAPH 2019

Ladies in Animation (WIA) has simply introduced this system lineup and audio system for its upcoming Ladies in Animation Summit at SIGGRAPH, a condensed, half-day model of WIA’s Summit sequence that may happen at SIGGRAPH 2019 from 2:00-5:00 pm on Monday, July 29 on the Los Angeles Conference Heart in Convention Room 410. Doorways will open at 1:00pm.

Overlaying a number of key subjects affecting girls working within the animation business in the present day, the afternoon symposium shall be headlined by a keynote presentation by USC Annenberg college member Dr. Stacy L. Smith, founder and director of the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, which is devoted to analyzing variety and inclusion points throughout the leisure business. Dr. Smith will share insights into the important thing findings of the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative’s landmark examine centered on girls within the animation business, entitled “Rising Inclusion in Animation.”

The examine, which was first unveiled in June on the Ladies in Animation World Summit held through the 2019 Annecy Worldwide Animation Movie Pageant, was carried out in partnership with Ladies in Animation, and examines the share of ladies working in key animation roles in movie and tv, the limitations and alternatives dealing with girls as they pursue careers in animation, and the classroom-to-career pipeline for ladies. The examine discovered that whereas girls proceed to realize footholds within the business, making up roughly half of the executives in animation, and absolutely half of probably the most highly effective positions in main movie animation corporations and studios, solely Three% of animated movie administrators over the past 12 years had been feminine. In tv, the examine reported that an evaluation of well-liked animated TV applications from 2018 confirmed that solely 13% of episodes had feminine administrators. As well as, just one feminine movie director and three feminine TV administrators had been girls from underrepresented racial/ethnic backgrounds.

“Because the main voice within the advocacy of ladies in animation, we had been very gratified by the constructive preliminary response to this landmark examine, which for the primary time ever supplies quantitative knowledge concerning the lack of variety throughout the business,” Ladies in Animation president Marge Dean commented. “We’re thrilled to collaborate with such a extremely revered analysis establishment, and to have the ability to share these findings with the broader SIGGRAPH neighborhood. With this 12 months’s theme of ‘Thrive Collectively,’ it’s solely becoming that all of us work collectively to forge new paths forward.”

“Our partnership with Ladies in Animation has allowed us to undertake a broad and complete investigation of the animation business with a purpose to perceive the particular challenges girls, animation studios, and academic organizations are dealing with right now,” mentioned Dr. Stacy L. Smith, founder and director of the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. “We’re excited to share the outcomes of the examine with the SIGGRAPH neighborhood as we work collectively to create options that transfer the business ahead and speed up change.’

The Ladies in Animation Summit at SIGGRAPH may even embody two panel discussions: “Supporting College students of Animation” and “Constructing WIA Chapters: Vancouver, NYC, Montreal and Extra.” The WIA crew may even be readily available for networking and to reply questions concerning the group’s purpose of reaching “50/50 by 2025“ and different ongoing initiatives. The total schedule for the summit is as follows:


Monday, July 29, 2019

2:00-5:00pm (doorways open at 1:00pm)

Los Angeles Conference Heart, Convention Room 410

2:00-Three:00 pm – KEYNOTE: USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative and WIA’s “Rising Inclusion in Animation” Examine

Audio system: Dr. Stacy L. Smith, Dr. Katherine Pieper

Three:00-Four:00 pm – PANEL: “Supporting College students of Animation”

This panel will talk about methods to handle the cultural and technical challenges for scholar leaving animation colleges and getting into the workforce. It would search to reply the query “How can we be extra supportive of the distinctive wants of feminine and non-binary college students getting into the office?” The panel will share some greatest practices and concepts of methods to make college students really feel like they already belong to the neighborhood of the business they’re attempting be a part of after college.

Moderator: Deb Stone, Director, Recruiting & Expertise Improvement, Blue Sky Studios and Co-Lead, WIA NY Chapter


Jimmy Calhoun, BFA Chair, Faculty of Visible Arts
Jessica Jamieson, Basic Technical Director, Walt Disney Animation Studios
Heather Thomson, Pc Animation College, Ringling Faculty of Artwork & Design
Doeri Welch, Director, Function Animation Recruitment, DreamWorks Animation

Four:00-5:00 pm – PANEL: “Constructing WIA Chapters: Vancouver, NYC, Montreal and Extra”

This panel contains a dialogue with leaders from throughout the U.S. and Canada about how they fashioned their native chapters, their native mission and the way it helps the drive to 50/50 by 2025.

Moderator: Gail Currey, Chair of Chapters, Ladies in Animation


Caitlin Cheek, Co-Founder and President of the Pupil Chapter at Texas A&M College (Faculty Station, TX)
Hsiang Chin Moe, Chair of BFA Animation at Faculty of Visible Arts and Co-Lead of WIA NYC
Michelle Grady, Government Vice President, Sony Footage Imageworks (WIA Vancouver)
Lauren McCallum, World Managing Director of Mill Movie (WIA Montreal)
Becki Tower, Directing Animator, Pixar Animation Studios (WIA Bay Space)

The Ladies in Animation World Summit sequence is generously supported by our WIA World Fund donors: Walt Disney Animation Studios, Blue Sky Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Industrial Gentle & Magic, Lucasfilm, Disney Tv Animation, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Darla Anderson & Kori Rae, Animal Logic, Autodesk, Netflix, Otter Media (a WarnerMedia firm, residence to Crunchyroll, Rooster Enamel and VRV), Reel FX Animation Studios, Sony Footage Animation/Sony Footage Imageworks, Common/Illumination/DreamWorks Animation, Warner Animation Group/Warner Bros. Animation, Digital Arts (EA), Jinko Gotoh, Nicole Grindle, Lord Miller, Molly Mason-Boule, Mythos Studios, Nickelodeon, Mark & Kim Osborne, Pearl Studio, Skydance Animation, Virtuos, Dangerous Robotic, Kristine Belson, Cinesite, Gail Currey, GKIDS, Locksmith Animation, Nexus Studios, SideFX, SPA Studios, Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, Allison Abbate & Tony Cervone, Tamara Boutcher, Duncan Studio, Warren Franklin, Pam Marsden, Paramount Animation, Rideback and Catherine Winder.

Supply: Ladies in Animation

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