Vice News Journalists Join TheWrap’s Power Women Summit on November 1-2

VICE News’ Isobel Yeung, Antonia Hylton and Elle Reeve are joining TheWrap’s Power Women Summit, to be held November 1 and 2 in downtown Los Angeles.
Power Women Summit is the largest gathering ever assembled of the most influential women i…

VICE News’ Isobel Yeung, Antonia Hylton and Elle Reeve are joining TheWrap’s Power Women Summit, to be held November 1 and 2 in downtown Los Angeles.

Power Women Summit is the largest gathering ever assembled of the most influential women in entertainment, media and technology. The Summit aims to inspire and empower 1,000 women across the landscape of their professional careers and personal lives, by providing education, mentorship, workshops and networking.

They join a powerhouse lineup of Summit speakers including Anita Hill, Nancy Dubuc, Sherry Lansing, Barbara Boxer, Alyssa Milano, Felicity Jones, Dolores Huerta, Mira Sorvino, Tarana Burke, Jill Soloway, Emily Ratajkowski and many more.

Yeung, Hylton and Reeve will be featured at the Summit’s “Women on the Front Lines: The Women Leading Vice News” panel. These fearless women have done the seemingly-impossible: getting younger audiences to become more and more interested about international news in a way that traditional media has not. They bring their audiences an unvarnished look at some of the most important events of our time, and shine a light on underreported stories around the globe.

Isobel Yeung
Correspondent and Producer, ​VICE​ on HBO and ​VICE News Tonight​ on HBO

Yeung is an award-winning correspondent and producer working across “VICE News Tonight,” the Emmy award-winning nightly newscast on HBO, and the multi-award-winning “VICE” on HBO documentary series. At “VICE News Tonight,” Yeung was the first foreign correspondent to embed with coastguards in Libya’s migrant smuggling epicenter and meet the migrants caught up in the system. Yeung has covered a wide range of global stories at VICE Media, including recent coverage of the aftermath in a fragile Philippine community where ISIS laid siege, the crippling state of Assad-controlled Syria, and the Islamic State’s impact on Iraq’s youth.

Antonia Hylton
Correspondent and Producer, Politics + Civil Rights on ViceNews

Hylton is a reporter and associate producer for “VICE News Tonight,” the Emmy-award-winning nightly newscast from VICE Media and HBO, covering civil rights and politics. Hylton landed a national exclusive when she interviewed “Jane Doe,” an undocumented teen battling the Trump administration over her right to an abortion. Hylton has also reported extensively on gang violence in Chicago and was one of the first reporters on the scene in the U.S Virgin Islands following the Hurricane Irma.

Elle Reeve
Technology Correspondent, ​VICE News Tonight​ on HBO

In August 2017, Reeve gained critical acclaim for her part in reporting on the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville for “VICE News Tonight.” Her extraordinary access to rally organizer Christopher Cantwell, coupled with immersive on-the-ground reporting from the protests at Emancipation Park and violence in downtown Charlottesville, provided viewers with a chilling and unflinching insight into one of the most consequential weekends in recent American history.

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‘Halt and Catch Fire’: How Two Green Creators Blew Up Their ‘Mad Men of Tech’ Premise to Discover Something Special

Christopher Cantwell and Christopher C. Rogers look back at how their show evolved into its remarkable final season.

When Christopher Cantwell and Christopher C. Rogers, who at the time were working in social media for Disney, pitched their show to AMC the premise was rather simple. Joe MacMillan (Lee Pace) was the slick Don Draper-like (Jon Hamm) antihero of the early Wild West days of the personal computer industry. Each season, the visionary but dangerous salesman would lead a team racing to achieve some game-changing technological breakthrough, if the interpersonal debris he left in his wake didn’t stop them.

“You can see [our green-ness] in the first season,” said Cantwell when he and Rogers were guests on IndieWire’s Filmmaker Toolkit podcast. “I feel like we were trying to copy shows we loved in the beginning, but halfway through that season we found our own voice. [I feel like you] see us starting to make moves that are moves we like, and I feel like that’s a direct reaction to us settling in and kind of realizing that we get to do what we want.”

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Rogers said he and Cantwell benefited from studying the decade of great television that preceded “Halt and Catch Fire.” The anecdote that Vince Gilligan shifted the course of “Breaking Bad” — produced by Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein, the two executive producers AMC assigned to help guide the two young writers — after seeing the chemistry between leads Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul was one that resonated with them.

“We were super young and didn’t know what we were doing, but I think we were careful enough to lay in these little grenades into each character, and we soon happened upon, in that first writers room, ways to explode those archetypes,” said Rogers. “We had Joe, but we were able to detonate him from the inside out and show a guy who maybe didn’t have it all figured out and wasn’t convinced of himself deep down and, actually, was a very fragile human being underneath the surface.”

Lee Pace

Lee Pace as Joe MacMillanin “Halt and Catch Fire”

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Not only did Cantwell and Rogers flip the script on their antihero — while discovering depth in Scoot McNairy’s (Gordon) and Kerry Bishé’s (Donna) characters — they played off their show’s very structure to find a subtle richness that kept them from falling into the predictable patterns of serialized television.

In Episode 8 of the 10-episode third season, the show makes a significant jump in time; so significant that at the beginning of Episode 8, we discover Gordon and Donna have divorced. Following the professional-personal collapse at the end of Episode 7, the viewer is able to fill in the blanks. Yet, so much time has passed, the couple’s wounds are starting to heal and they’re feeling out how to have a different type of relationship — professionally, personally and as parents.

“We talk about this a lot in the writers room: that relationships can fall into a binary pattern: They’re together, they’re not together, they hate each other, they like each other,” said Rogers. “[That omission] helps the writing, gives you more places to go.”

Kerry Bishé as Donna Clark, Scoot McNairy as Gordon Clark - Halt and Catch Fire _ Season 3, Episode 1 - Photo Credit: Tina Rowden/AMC

Kerry Bishé and Scoot McNairy in “Halt and Catch Fire.”

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The course shift that started at the end of Season 3 set up a remarkable series-ending Season 4, in which Cantwell and Rogers played off the shows established season-to-season structure to go even further with their character exploration. When it’s discovered that Yahoo has been built into Netscape’s new web browser — scuttling the protagonists’ plans to build their own search engine — the moment is almost anti-climatic. The race to be at the cutting edge of tech, which had always driven the show’s plot and personal relationship conflicts, had receded into the background and become secondary to the characters’ growth.

“In the fourth season, the characters almost become aware of the pattern of the show and acknowledge it,” said Cantwell. “Having them point to the wheel that they’ve been on and react to it at the end– like, I remember when the Yahoo thing happens at the end of Season 4, it was the first time we called it in the [writers] room ‘getting Halt and Catch fired’ because it was clearly the mechanism that kind of bummed out and taken over our characters at the end of each season and to be able to comment on that from within the world of the show did feel like closing the loop in a satisfying way for us.”

Rogers added, “This idea that the characters don’t have to linearly pursue something and then win, or tragically lose– I think we looked at this idea of a loser, which is a pejorative term in the American context, and we said, ‘How can we redefine that to make these people human beings?’ We thought that the greatest gift we could give Joe MacMillan was to lose and for him to be OK with it and getting him to that place felt really wonderful to him.”

BTS, Executive Producers Chris Cantwell and Chris Rogers, Toby Huss as John Bosworth - Halt and Catch Fire _ Season 3, Episode 8  - Photo Credit: Tina Rowden/AMC

Chris Cantwell, Chris Rogers, Toby Huss on the set of “Halt and Catch Fire”

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One of the hooks of “Halt and Catch Fire,” similar to “Mad Men,” was Cantwell and Rogers would do deep research into the evolution of computers and the world wide web, which they could serve as an entertaining history of an industry that shaped the daily lives of the show’s modern audience. Over the course of the show, their research opened another door — one the two creators didn’t anticipate.

After the 1970s, women’s participation in the tech fields rapidly declined. Computers were marketed as “toys for boys” and bikini-clad models were used to sell them. From Seasons 1 through 3, the two creators subtly layered in some of this history, but worried about going too far with it and entering into the realm of didactic man-splaining. Entering Season 4, knowing it would be their last, they decided not to nibble around the edges.

“I think we had amazing women in the writers’ room, producing, directing, the actresses that kind of demanded it and embraced it and helped us see the value in getting that message out there in the way it did,” said Cantwell.

Mackenzie Davis as Cameron Howe, Kerry Bishé as Donna Clark - Halt and Catch Fire _ Season 3, Episode 1 - Photo Credit: Tina Rowden/AMC

Kerry Bishe and Mackenzie Davis in “Halt and Catch Fire.”

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In Season 4, Cameron (Mackenzie Davis) and Donna’s relationship and career-personal arcs take center stage. The series finale featured Donna’s impassioned and confessional speech to a group of women in tech, while the two character’s complicated reconciliation gives the show a surprising, but well-earned “the future is female” end note.

‘Fargo’s Mary Elizabeth Winstead Joins Aaron Paul In ‘The Parts You Lose’

EXCLUSIVE: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who starred on the most recent third season of FX’s Fargo, will co-star opposite Aaron Paul and newcomer Danny Murphy in thriller The Parts You Lose, which started production today in Canada. Written by Darren Lemke, the pic has Halt and Catch Fire co-creator Christopher Cantwell attached to direct.
It’s about the unlikely friendship formed between a young deaf boy, Wesley, and a fugitive criminal who takes refuge in an abandoned barn…

EXCLUSIVE: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who starred on the most recent third season of FX’s Fargo, will co-star opposite Aaron Paul and newcomer Danny Murphy in thriller The Parts You Lose, which started production today in Canada. Written by Darren Lemke, the pic has Halt and Catch Fire co-creator Christopher Cantwell attached to direct. It’s about the unlikely friendship formed between a young deaf boy, Wesley, and a fugitive criminal who takes refuge in an abandoned barn…

Christopher Cantwell Tapped To Direct Aaron Paul In ‘The Parts You Lose’

Christopher Cantwell, co-creator of AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire, has signed on to direct the thriller The Parts You Lose, starring Emmy-winner and Breaking Bad alum Aaron Paul alongside newcomer Danny Murphy. Written by Darren Lemke, the film follows the unlikely friendship that unfolds between a young deaf boy, Wesley, and a fugitive criminal who takes refuge in an abandoned barn on the family’s rural North Dakota farm. After forming a deep bond with the man, Wesley must…

Christopher Cantwell, co-creator of AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire, has signed on to direct the thriller The Parts You Lose, starring Emmy-winner and Breaking Bad alum Aaron Paul alongside newcomer Danny Murphy. Written by Darren Lemke, the film follows the unlikely friendship that unfolds between a young deaf boy, Wesley, and a fugitive criminal who takes refuge in an abandoned barn on the family's rural North Dakota farm. After forming a deep bond with the man, Wesley must…

Crying Charlottesville Neo-Nazi Leader Turns Himself Into Police

Christopher Cantwell, the neo-Nazi leader who was featured throughout Vice News Tonight’s viral special documenting Charlottesville violence and teared up in a second viral video, has turned himself into police.

Cantwell turned himself in to Lynchburg police on Wednesday afternoon and is being held in the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in Lynchburg pending transport to Charlottesville, according to Daily Progress. He was arrested on two counts of illegal use of tear gas and one count of malicious bodily injury, all felonies.

Cantwell recently released a video in which he cried to police that he was “terrified” and “afraid” he will be killed when he realized there was a warrant for his arrest.

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Vice News Tonight’s “Charlottesville: Race and Terror” documents a reporter who was embedded with Cantwell’s neo-Nazi group throughout the chaotic violence in Charlottesville. Cantwell is shown defending police brutality toward black men, carrying numerous guns and even admitting that he “goes to the gym” to make himself more “capable of violence.”

At one point during the Vice report, Cantwell mocks Donald Trump for allowing his daughter to marry Jared Kushner, who he refers to as “a Jew.” He even said he would prefer the president to be “a lot more racist than Donald Trump.”

Cantwell painted himself as a tough guy who would “kill” if that was what it took to spread his beliefs.

“We’ll f——- kill these people if we have to,” he says directly to the camera.

In stark contrast, Cantwell didn’t appear to be too tough in the video he released last week, after he learned of the warrant for his arrest, saying, “I’m terrified. I’m afraid you’re going to kill me — I really am.”

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He started off the video, addressed to police, saying he has learned there is a warrant out for his arrest but would need to appear at a public place to confirm the situation.

“I don’t think it’s wise for me to be going anywhere,” Cantwell said while getting choked up. “I don’t think it’s a good idea for me to go there, frankly.”

Cantwell got more emotional as the video went on and, at one point, apologized to the camera for tearing up.

“I want to be peaceful, I want to be law abiding, OK? That was the whole entire point of this and I’m watching CNN talk about this as violent, white nationalist protest. We have done everything in our power to keep this peaceful,” he said.

He continued to cry when discussing that his group might talk a big game on the Internet but actually went through all the proper steps needed to organize the rally.

“We are trying to make this peaceful, we are trying to be law abiding,” he said through the tears. “Our enemies will not stop.”

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Christopher Cantwell, the neo-Nazi leader who was featured throughout Vice News Tonight’s viral special documenting Charlottesville violence and teared up in a second viral video, has turned himself into police.

Cantwell turned himself in to Lynchburg police on Wednesday afternoon and is being held in the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in Lynchburg pending transport to Charlottesville, according to Daily Progress. He was arrested on two counts of illegal use of tear gas and one count of malicious bodily injury, all felonies.

Cantwell recently released a video in which he cried to police that he was “terrified” and “afraid” he will be killed when he realized there was a warrant for his arrest.

Vice News Tonight’s “Charlottesville: Race and Terror” documents a reporter who was embedded with Cantwell’s neo-Nazi group throughout the chaotic violence in Charlottesville. Cantwell is shown defending police brutality toward black men, carrying numerous guns and even admitting that he “goes to the gym” to make himself more “capable of violence.”

At one point during the Vice report, Cantwell mocks Donald Trump for allowing his daughter to marry Jared Kushner, who he refers to as “a Jew.” He even said he would prefer the president to be “a lot more racist than Donald Trump.”

Cantwell painted himself as a tough guy who would “kill” if that was what it took to spread his beliefs.

“We’ll f——- kill these people if we have to,” he says directly to the camera.

In stark contrast, Cantwell didn’t appear to be too tough in the video he released last week, after he learned of the warrant for his arrest, saying, “I’m terrified. I’m afraid you’re going to kill me — I really am.”

He started off the video, addressed to police, saying he has learned there is a warrant out for his arrest but would need to appear at a public place to confirm the situation.

“I don’t think it’s wise for me to be going anywhere,” Cantwell said while getting choked up. “I don’t think it’s a good idea for me to go there, frankly.”

Cantwell got more emotional as the video went on and, at one point, apologized to the camera for tearing up.

“I want to be peaceful, I want to be law abiding, OK? That was the whole entire point of this and I’m watching CNN talk about this as violent, white nationalist protest. We have done everything in our power to keep this peaceful,” he said.

He continued to cry when discussing that his group might talk a big game on the Internet but actually went through all the proper steps needed to organize the rally.

“We are trying to make this peaceful, we are trying to be law abiding,” he said through the tears. “Our enemies will not stop.”

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