Jamie Lee Curtis, Kim Kardashian, Janelle Monáe, Carey Mulligan, Margot Robbie, Seth Rogen and Yvonne Orji will be presenting at the show The Hollywood Reporter Women in Entertainment Breakfast Gala. Additionally, Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey will be the keynote speakers at the event, which will take place on December 7th in Los Angeles.
Rogen will present the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award to close friend and collaborator Charlize Theron. Established in honor of the former CEO of Paramount Pictures, the award recognizes pioneers and philanthropists.
Orji will present her friend and meanwhile the Equity in Entertainment award Unsure co-star Issa Rae. The Equity in Entertainment Award recognizes individuals who amplify the voices of underrepresented communities in the entertainment industry.
In addition, two-time Academy Award nominee Mulligan will introduce keynote speakers Kantor and Pulitzer Prize winner Twohey New York Times Journalists who wrote the investigation into decades of sexual abuse allegations by Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. The pair will discuss the fallout from their investigation and how they helped fuel the viral #MeToo movement. Their reporting is now the subject of new drama from Universal Pictures she saidwhich will be released in US theaters on November 18. With Mulligan as Twohey and Zoe Kazan as Cantor, she said Maria Schrader is directing and Rebecca Lenkiewicz is writing the screenplay.
Curtis, Kardashian, Monáe and Robbie will award $1 million in college scholarships to high school grads from underserved communities across Los Angeles who all participated THR’s recognized mentoring program for women in entertainment.
Curtis and Monáe will also present Chapman University with grants awarded by the Chuck Lorre Family Foundation and the National Association of Theater Owners Nevada. This is the seventh year that the Chuck Lorre Family Foundation has awarded a full scholarship to a graduate of the program. To date, Lorres Foundation has provided more than $1.2 million in grants to the mentoring program. Robbie will present Chapman with a grant from Paramount Pictures.
Meanwhile, Best Buy is providing a WIE Mentorship Program mentee with a full scholarship to Loyola Marymount University. In addition, Best Buy and the WIE Mentorship Program are starting a partnership that will further expand the program.
As part of the partnership, mentees have access to the Los Angeles Community Impact Hub, a network of Best Buy Teen Tech Centers that provide access to cutting-edge technology and professional training opportunities in the creative industries. The hub will provide a pipeline of future mentees to the Women in Entertainment Mentorship Program, with Best Buy Teen Tech Center members selected for the program annually.
“We are honored to have such a special opportunity to hear the unique perspectives of so many brilliant and inspiring women at the annual Women in Entertainment Gala,” said Nekesa Mumbi Moody, Editor-in-Chief of The Hollywood Reporter. “We are also incredibly grateful to Best Buy, the Chuck Lorre Family Foundation, the National Association of Theater Owners Nevada, Paramount Pictures and Spotify for their contributions THR’s Mentoring program for women in entertainment. Thanks to their support, so many young women are able to achieve their dreams and help shape the future of our industry and our world for the better.”
Andrea Wood, Best Buy VP Social Impact added, “We are proud to work alongside the Women in Entertainment Mentorship Program to help youth reach their full potential. Best Buy Teen Tech Centers have proven time and again the valuable role a mentor plays in a young person’s life. This partnership is the perfect way to ensure these life-changing relationships also create meaningful opportunities in the creative industries for youth from disinvested communities.”
Commissioned by Paramount Pictures, Robbie stars in the upcoming Damien Chazelle film Babylon, will present one of this year’s WIE mentees with a four-year scholarship provided by the studio to Chapman. This builds on Paramount’s decades-long commitment to investing in educational opportunities for students from underserved communities in the Los Angeles area and around the world.
The gala, which is expected to be attended by 750 of the entertainment industry’s leading women, coincides with the release of THR’s the much-anticipated annual issue of Women in Entertainment magazine (out on newsstands December 7), which will feature the Power 100, the leading women executives in entertainment.
Also in attendance are nearly 40 young women, representing the incoming and graduating cohorts of the WIE Mentorship Program, soon to be celebrating its 13th anniversary. Each year, the program connects 20 high school juniors with some of the best women in film and television. Mentors included Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios, Megan Colligan, President of Imax Entertainment, Bela Bajaria, Head of Netflix Global TV, and Dana Walden, Chair of Disney General Entertainment Content. More than 250 girls and 250 mentors took part in the program. Backed by more than $12 million THR has received scholarships, mentees have gone to top universities including Harvard, UC Berkeley and Northwestern.
Lifetime, the founding sponsor of this event, has been a partner of the Women in Entertainment Mentorship Program since its inception and makes an important contribution to the overall scholarship fund to ensure each mentee receives a $10,000 scholarship to the college of their choice. This year, A+E Studios, the award-winning studios unit of Lifetime’s parent company, A+E Networks, produced a short film highlighting the mentoring program that will premiere at the event.
“Each year we are inspired by the incredible young women and their hard work, dedication and immense drive to succeed,” said Amy Winter, EVP and Program Director at Lifetime. “We look forward to continuing to work with The Hollywood Reporter and Big Brothers Big Sisters to this powerful mentoring program.” Tana Nugent Jamieson, evp creative affairs, A+E Studios, added: “It is an honor for A+E Studios to capture and highlight the special bonds between the mentors and mentees, how the program is creating life-changing opportunities for so many bright young women. and also leave lasting impressions on the mentors.”
“Supporting the creativity and growth of young women in entertainment is one of the most impactful things we can do,” said Dawn Ostroff, Chief Content & Ad Business Officer at Spotify. “We were so lucky to support The Hollywood Reporter‘s Mentoring Program and provide a four-consecutive year scholarship to an incredibly deserving young talent. Events like these allow us to celebrate and amplify the voices of this next generation of women.”
The Gala is sponsored by Best Buy, eOne, FIJI Water, SAG-AFTRA, SEE HER and Spotify and in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles, Chapman University, Loyola Marymount University and College Access Partnership.