Middle Eastern Writers In Entertainment
Date(s) - 01/30/2021
10:00 am - 11:30 am
This year, MPAC’s Hollywood Bureau is launching The Muslim House at the Sundance Film Festival. The Muslim House will host conversations around the inclusion of Muslim creatives in writers rooms, production (on camera and behind the scenes), and increasingly authentic, nuanced portrayals of Muslims on screen.
Middle Eastern writers make up only 0.3% of the total employment in writers’ rooms, yet these stories have been told by others for decades. MPAC’s Hollywood Bureau and the WGAW Middle Eastern Writers Committee share the goals of increasing Middle Eastern writers’ representation and bolstering more accurate, authentic portrayals of Middle Eastern people in film and television. In this panel discussion, we will provide the industry with tangible steps to achieve these goals and highlight both the seasoned and emerging Middle Eastern writers who are ready to fill those roles. Presented by the Muslim Public Affairs Council – Hollywood Bureau and the WGAW Middle Eastern Writers Committee. Moderated by Lorraine Ali, TV and culture critic of the Los Angeles Times.
Opening Remarks: Sue Obeidi, Director, MPAC Hollywood Bureau
Moderator: Lorraine Ali
Lorraine is an award-winning journalist and TV and culture critic of the Los Angeles Times.
Paiman Kalayeh, Co-chair, WGAW Middle Eastern Writers Committee: Paiman is a two-time Emmy nominated Iranian-American TV comedy writer (Sunnyside, The Cleveland Show, Big Hero 6: The Series).
Cameron Ali Fay, Co-chair, WGAW Middle Eastern Writers Committee: Cameron is a WGA Award-nominated screenwriter (Brother Nature, Dance Camp) currently writing a western for director Paul Feig.
About MPAC’s Hollywood Bureau:
The Muslim Public Affairs Council’s Hollywood Bureau changes the narrative of Islam and Muslims in the entertainment industry so that audiences see Muslims as vital contributors to creating social and cultural change in America and around the world.
About the WGAW Middle Eastern Writers Committee:
The Middle Eastern Writers Committee’s mission is to boost visibility and employment of Middle Eastern writers in the film and television industry and to serve as an expert resource for productions while celebrating and promoting accurate portrayals of Middle Eastern characters in all areas of media.