OPENING THE GATES: Access in Asian Hollywood

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Authentic representation is great, but who defines what “authentic representation” is – in and outside Asian Hollywood? Dino-Ray Ramos, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of DIASPORA, holds an unapologetic virtual roundtable conversation with Asian American leaders in Hollywood as they discuss the challenges that the Asian and Pacific Islander community and other marginalized voices have faced in the film and TV industry and how it has impacted them.

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ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Munika Lay is Vice President of Film at Miramax, where she oversees the development and production of features like HE’S ALL THAT and Mattson Tomlin’s MOTHER/ANDROID. Prior to Miramax, Munika was an executive at MGM, Paramount, and Warner Bros., and she launched her career at QED International and WME. As an independent producer, Munika’s credits include THE ART OF SELF-DEFENSE and the documentary RECORDER: THE MARION STOKES PROJECT. She also co-founded the Center for Intersectional Media & Entertainment (CIME), an organization dedicated to advancing intersectional representation on-screen. Munika hails from Long Beach, California, and she earned her MBA from USC’s Marshall School of Business and her BA from Stanford University.

Janina Gavankar is most known for her diverse acting career in television, film and major video games like The Morning Show, True Blood, The League, and Star Wars: Battlefront II. Currently, she’s starring in ABC’s hit show Big Sky. Recently, she was seen starring opposite Ben Affleck in The Way Back, and Riz Ahmed in Invasion. Next year, you’ll see her alongside Cate Blanchett and Jack Black in Eli Roth’s Borderlands.

Janina and her creative partner Russo Schelling wrote and directed the elevated horror short film, Stucco, which won a Special Jury Award at SXSW 2020 and which currently has over 40 million views across YouTube alone. She launched her full service podcast production company Safe Haven with its first show Truest Blood in partnership with HBO.

Dino-Ray Ramos is an award-winning journalist and podcast host. He served as an editor at Deadline where he reported on inclusion, diversity and representation in film and TV. In 2021, he launched the alternative Hollywood trade DIASPORA, spotlighting underrepresented voices in entertainment media. He created, produced, and hosted the GLAAD Media Award-winning New Hollywood Podcast. His work has been seen in Vogue, Entertainment Tonight, The Producers Guild of America magazine Produced By, Paste Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, and Oakland Tribune. He is a member of The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics and was part of Gold House’s A100 List which recognizes the most impactful Asians in the country.