Panel Discussions with Writers
We present entertaining programs on a range of public health issues for TV writers and producers. Our discussions feature health experts who talk about the challenges of addressing difficult health issues that are of interest to writers. Writers and producers who have grappled with these topics talk about the challenges and responsibilities they face when bringing them to the screen. Past topics have included bioterrorism, the impact of television on kids, the uninsured, youth mental illness, disease detectives and the role of nutrition in preventing diseases like cancer.
Monday, February 11, 2013 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Hollywood, Health & Society held a panel discussion on the portrayals of people with disabilities in television and film on Feb. 11 at the Writers Guild of America, West. "People First: Real Disabilities, Reel Stories" featured guest speakers Ben Lewin, writer and director of The Sessions (pictured); Margaret Nagle, writer and producer of Warm Springs; Eric Guggenheim, writer and co-producer for Parenthood; David Radcliff, writer and producer; Auti Angel, actress in the docu-series Push Girls; and keynote presenter Ann Neville Jan, an associate professor of occupational science and therapy at USC. Hollywood, Health & Science Director Sandra de Castro Buffington was the moderator.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Hollywood, Health & Society and the CAA Foundation co-sponsored a panel discussion titled “I Am a Citizen (and So Can You!) on June 27 at the agency’s Ray Kurtzman Theater in Los Angeles. In announcing the event, the CAA Foundation—the philanthropic arm of the legendary Hollywood talent agency—cited the polarization of American politics in Washington, D.C., as a major obstacle to addressing the nation’s problems, such as health care, social justice and the political system itself. “But all around us citizens are fixing what’s broken and reclaiming democracy,” CAA said. Moderated by HH&S Director Sandra de Castro Buffington, the panel included Mark Meckler, co-founder of Tea Party Patriots; Heather Smith, president of Rock the Vote; Jose Antonio Vargas, founder of Define American, whose goal is to elevate the debate around immigration; and Dr. Zoanne Clack, co-executive producer and medical adviser for the hit ABC series Grey's Anatomy.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Cancer does not discriminate. The disease affects young and old, rich and poor, from all walks of life. In this invitation-only event—presented by Hollywood, Health & Society in partnership with the Writers Guild of America, West—top-notch screenwriters, medical experts, cancer survivors and educators will discuss the science, stories and solutions regarding this pervasive disease. Dr. Lisa Richardson, Associate Director for Science, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will deliver the keynote address.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Following the presentations for the 2011 Sentinel for Health Awards, the winning writers participated in a panel discussion that offered behind-the-scenes looks about their respective shows and the genesis of some of their TV stories. Taking part in the conversation were Bridget Carpenter, co-executive producer of Parenthood (NBC); Zoanne Clack, co-executive producer of Grey's Anatomy (ABC); Jennifer Cecil, co-executive producer of Private Practice (ABC); and Gabriel Llanas, a writer for Off the Map (ABC). Joining them were Martin Kaplan, director of the Norman Lear Center, and Sandra de Castro Buffington, director of the Lear Center's Hollywood, Health & Society program.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Hollywood, Health & Society Director Sandra de Castro Buffington brought together top entertainment experts at Writers Guild of America, West to share their inspiring stories from a research trip to India and South Africa. Saying that there was nothing more powerful than "direct experience," Buffington shepherded a group of directors, producers and studio executives on an inaugural "Tales from the Field" visit to Mumbai and Johannesburg, staying one week in each location. The panel included Karen Tenkhoff, development partner at Walt Disney Feature Animation; Jennifer Cecil, co-executive producer, Private Practice; and Michael Nash, director of Climate Refugees.
Thursday, May 12, 2011
During their trip to India, members of the entertainment community participated in an inspiring panel discussion in Mumbai titled From Hollywood to Bollywood: How Film & TV Reach Global Audiences on Key Health Topics. American writers and producers were joined by representatives from the local entertainment community to share their thoughts on writing about health topics, their approaches to writing dramas with impact; and TV as a vehicle for education and social change. Panelists included director and producer Ramesh Sippy; Jennifer Cecil, co-executive producer, Private Practice; and Amole Gupte, writer, director and producer, Stanley Ka Dabba.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
During their immersion in South Africa and India, members of the entertainment community participated in two successful, inspiring panel discussions with local TV and film writers, and others involved in entertainment education in-country. The South Africa panel was titled From California to Cape Town: How TV Reaches Global Audiences on Key Health Topics. The panel members for the Cape Town discussion included producer and writer Carol Barbee; Harriet Perlman, senior executive, Soul City Institute for Health and Development Regional Programme; and Makgano Mamabolo, co-executive producer, Puo Pha Productions. The two meetings have forged lasting relationships among the participants, which allow American TV writers to feel more connected globally, and more sympathetic to the pressing health issues of the developing world.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
At this Hollywood, Health & Society panel discussion held at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, health and entertainment experts spoke about the science behind climate change and the way it affects health, emerging solutions and the entertainment media's portrayal of these issues. The keynote speaker, Dr. George Luber of the Centers for Disease Control, said the scientific findings about the planet's warming were "unequivocal" and a direct result of an increase in the emissions of greenhouse gases during the past 50 years.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
On November 3, 2010, HH&S held the global health panel discussion: “5 Simple Ways to Save a Life,” featuring Dr. Rajeev Venkayya, director of Global Health Vaccine Delivery for The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Larry Kaplow, consulting producer for the hit FOX-TV series House, MD, and many others at Writers Guild of America, West. Dr. Venkayya oversees late-stage development of health technologies and interventions.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Health experts discussed leading-edge technology and therapy and exposed the myths of organ donation, and organ recipients and donors shared personal stories about their roles in the second chance at life that donation offers at Writers Guild of America, West. The keynote speaker was Dr. Robert A. Montgomery, director of the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center.