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The Women in Entertainment Summit, an annual event dedicated to empowering women in the entertainment industry, has added “The Deuce” actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, “Friends” executive producer Marta Kauffman and Denise Shull, the inspiration for “Billions” character Wendy Rhoades, to its Oct. 11 summit.
“We are thrilled to invite our audience to be a part of the conversation with such dedicated thought leaders in the entertainment world,” said Women in Entertainment founder Gretchen McCourt in a statement. “We have volumes to examine in our summit and we are thrilled to offer this time to our speakers and audience.”
Gyllenhaal, Kauffman and Shull will be part of the summit’s Fireside Chats. They join previously announced speakers Geena Davis and CBS All Access’ executive vice president of original content Julie McNamara. The chats will feature conversations on issues pertaining to the #MeToo movement and how to empower the next generation of women in entertainment.
The news of the additions comes after the announcement that there will be a “She-Ra: Evolution of a Warrior Princess” panel at the summit ahead of the Netflix original series premiere. The Dreamworks Animation Television panel will include executive producer Noelle Stevenson, directors Jen Bennett and Kiki Monrique, art director Liz Kresin and story editor Josie Campbell.
The fourth annual Women in Entertainment Summit is set to take place at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. The summit began in 2015 by founders Gretchen McCourt and Rene Rossi.