7:15pm PT by Chris Gardner
30 Hollywood Insiders Gather at Diversity Dinner
The #OscarsSoWhite controversy has quieted down (for now), but Hollywood's diversity conversation is still going strong.
On June 14 inside A.O.C.'s private dining room, ICM Partners partner and talent department co-head Lorrie Bartlett teamed with agents Andrea Nelson Meigs, Dana Sims, April King, Ava Greenfield and Mari Davies to host a dinner for 30 women of color.
The occasion? The launch of an informal, ongoing gathering of some of the town's top female executives to discuss diversity initiatives and strategies and to share experiences in the industry.
At the inaugurual event, no moderator was used but that could change over time, according to a source. Sitting down for dinner were notable names like attorney Nina Shaw, founding partner of Del Shaw; Vanessa Morrison, president of Fox Animation Studios; Pearlena Igbokwe, president of Universal Television; Anikah McLaren, senior vp production at Fox Searchlight; Nicole Brown, senior vp film of TriStar Pictures; producer Suzanne de Passe; and Niija Kuykendall, senior vp production at Warner Bros.
A group shot of the diversity dinner at A.O.C. in Los Angeles on June 14, 2016. (Courtesy of ICM Partners.)