Hollywood, Covid-19, and the Future of Media

The Covid-19 crisis is reshaping every aspect of our lives and societies. This series will look at the impact of the pandemic on Hollywood and on the media and entertainment industries more  generally. We will speak with leading media industry figures well as creative professionals, considering the immediate impact of the crisis and responses as well as the future of media creation, distribution, and consumption in the wake of Covid-19. What will movie theaters, streaming platforms, and film festivals look like after Covid-19? How has the pandemic impacted big studios, smaller production companies, and independent media creators. What have writers, directors, television journalists, and editors been doing during quarantine. And what opportunities and challenges will they face afterward? What have audiences wanted during the crisis and what will they want going forward? And, finally, how will we tell the story of Covid-19?

An Online Interview Series

Wednesdays at 5pm EDT

May 27 through August 5, 2020



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Interviewer: Peter Decherney (University of Pennsylvania)

Schedule (subject to change)

May 27 Alexandra Milchan and Scott Lambert (Emjag)

June 3 – Angel Manuel Soto (Director)

June 10 – Bing Chen (AUM Group)

June 17 – Greg Quinn (Caribbean Cinemas) / and Judith Lupatkin Bernstein (HBO)

June 24 – Matt Selman (The Simpsons)

July 1 – Leslie Siebert (Gersh) / Adam Segal (The 2050 Group)

July 8 – Tanya McRae (Independent Journalist) / Keefe Murren (FilmAid International)

July 15 – Theresa Piccalo (Homeland)

July 22 – Kiira Benzing (Double Eye Studio)

July 29 – Rich Ross (formerly Disney, Shine America, & Discovery)  

Aug 5 – Jill Abromovitz (Beetlejuice, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)

There is also a connected for-credit online summer course.