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Reproductive Health and Access in Storytelling

Hollywood, Health & Society and the TV Academy Foundation co-sponsored a special panel discussion, “The Power of TV: Reproductive Health and Access in Storytelling,” focusing on how entertainment has influenced attitudes and access to safe reproductive choice and women’s healthcare.

The Nov. 7 event drew storytellers and experts that explored TV’s depiction of the topics through the years—from Maude to Murphy Brown to Jane the Virgin and Dear White People

Producing and Marketing for Social Impact

Hollywood, Health & Society and the Producers Guild of America co-presented a seminar on the power of storytelling, the arts and media to bring about social change.

The event, held at Wallis Annenberg Hall on the USC campus, consisted of two panels featuring representatives from organizations that support the creative community by providing resources and expert information about key social issues, and producers and production companies “dedicated to creating cause-related films, documentaries and television content.”

Screening of "Chasing Ice," Writers Guild Theater

An invitation-only audience was treated to a special screening of “Chasing Ice,” photographer James Balog’s hauntingly powerful 2012 documentary about Earth’s disappearing glaciers, on May 23 at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills. Co-sponsored by Hollywood, Health & Society, a program of the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center, and the Environmental Media Association, the event featured a panel conversation with Paula DuPre Pesmen, a producer for the documentary, and the film’s writer, Mark Monroe. They were joined by two climate scientists—Dr. Josh Willis of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Dr. Paul Bunje, senior director for prize development at the XPRIZE Foundation and a founding executive director of UCLA’s Center for Climate Change Solutions. HH&S Director Sandra de Castro Buffington and EMA President Debbie Levin served as the evening’s moderators.