Nancy Dubuc Says Female Empowerment Is a Freight Train: "Get On Board"
The A+E Networks CEO also called for more "content about real women, made by women" at THR's 2017 Women in Entertainment breakfast.
A+E Networks CEO Nancy Dubuc focused on what comes next after the recent wave of Hollywood sexual harassment allegations at The Hollywood Reporter's 2017 Women in Entertainment breakfast, presented by Lifetime, on Wednesday.
"As I was writing this speech, I kept trying to find the silver bullet. What can we do to fix it? What can I offer this room and this community as one of its leaders, yes, but as a woman, too?" the exec said during her speech. "The truth is, there is no one silver bullet. We all know this, but there is a responsibility. As part of this reckoning, we all need to blaze our path forward. Guided and inspired by the bravery of the women who are coming forward and speaking out, we need to make sure they are not acting in vein."
Dubuc emphasized the need to not let this moment pass, and to use this time of national discussion as a time for real change.
"We need to get rid of bullying, we need to get rid of abuse, we need to get rid of harassment, we need to get rid of the casting couch," she said. "Instead, we need to build the bench. And building that bench means investing our time in mentorship, something so many in this room have been committed to for years. But now is the time to double down.
"Next year, when we find ourselves back here, if we have persisted, we will look back and see the moment wasn’t squandered. That a movement sparked in 2017 not only produced more content about real women, made by women, but also was supported and financed and distributed by all of us," she said. "We can’t only be talking to ourselves. We need to educate and enlist our male colleagues. We are a freight train. The answer isn’t get out of the way. It’s get on board."
Jennifer Lawrence received the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award, presented by Lansing; Sarah Silverman delivered the opening remarks; Angelina Jolie gave the keynote speech; and Gal Gadot and Justin Timberlake were also on hand to help present $1 million in university scholarships to young women from disadvantaged backgrounds who have taken part in THR's Women in Entertainment Mentorship Program.
The VIP event was sponsored by American Airlines, Fiji Water, Forevermark, Gersh, eOne, SAG-AFTRA and Loyola Marymount University in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles and the Entertainment Industry Foundation.