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Diversifying the Media Production Industry

Business & Economy

Diversifying the Media Production Industry

The City Club's 2024 Summer Outdoor Series

Wednesday, July 17, 2024
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Welcome begins at 11:45am / Forum begins at 12:00pm

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This summer, Superman announced they will begin filming in Cleveland from June 17 to July 16, joining a legacy of pictures filmed in our neighborhoods--like The Avengers, Spider Man, and A Christmas Story. For decades, major cities across the United States have jockeyed to attract the major motion picture industry in hopes of spurring jobs and economic growth. But the industry isn't limited to just Hollywood blockbusters. Film, television, and media production as a whole leave a notable footprint in the economic engine of Northeast Ohio. Yet, BIPOC representation in this industry for Ohio lags behind other states. Is opportunity being left on the table?

Sheila Wright, Founder and President of The CREW Foundation wants to make sure Ohio builds a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive industry to catalyze economic growth. CREW strategically supports projects and partners committed to providing hands-on training, full access, and real work opportunities for underrepresented populations. And with these skills and experience comes the power to become creators themselves--telling their community's stories in their own words and shifting narratives for lasting change.

Join us for a panel conversation featuring Sheila Wright, Founder and President of the CREW Foundation, and Amir Miller, CEO/ Founder, Pure Vitality Productions, and learn how we can catalyze economic growth and increase representation in film, television, and media production industries.


Let us know if you're coming! Please RSVP by registering below. It's not required, but it helps us prepare and keeps you updated!


The livestream will be available beginning at 12:00p.m. Have questions? Send a text to 330.541.5794.


Rain doesn't stop the show! Join us inside The City Club of Cleveland (1317 Euclid Avenue) in the event of inclement weather.

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