For Immediate Release:
WASHINGTON, DC, (December 13, 2022) — The WICT Network today announced it has formed a strategic partnership with the Motion Picture Association (MPA) in support of The WICT Network’s 2023 Signature Awards Luncheon. The luncheon will take place in Los Angeles at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Tuesday, May 2, marking the first time the event has been held on the West Coast in over a decade. The partnership with the MPA underscores The WICT Network’s dedication to fortifying its new, more inclusive name and brand.
As the leading advocate of the film, television and streaming industry around the world, the MPA’s commitment to diversity, gender parity, authentic cultural representation and creating opportunities for underrepresented communities makes them the perfect partner for The WICT Network, whose mission is to create women leaders in the industry with a specific focus on diversity, equity and inclusion. The luncheon’s new West Coast location will allow greater accessibility to entertainment and technology professionals — a critical and growing sector of The WICT Network.
“We’re thrilled to partner with the MPA, an organization that aligns with our strategic vision for diversity and inclusion,” said Maria E. Brennan, CAE, President & CEO, The WICT Network. “As so many iconic Hollywood institutions celebrate their centennials in 2023, there’s no better time for The WICT Network to lock arms with the MPA and its member companies and shine a spotlight on the individuals and organizations that are making strong inroads toward achieving gender equality in the entertainment industry.”
“It’s an honor for the MPA to partner with The WICT Network on this important gathering to celebrate women leaders in entertainment and the inspiring work they’re doing to achieve gender parity in the industry,” said Gail MacKinnon, Senior Executive Vice President of Global Policy and Government Affairs for the MPA. “The MPA supports The WICT Network’s mission to expand opportunities and authentic representation across the creative community.”
For more information, please visit The WICT Network’s 2023 Signature Awards Luncheon page and stay tuned for additional announcements.
About The WICT Network
The WICT Network is a global organization whose mission is to create women leaders that transform our industry. We do this by providing unparalleled professional development programs, commissioning original gender research, and supporting a B2B network that helps advance women. For more than 40 years, The WICT Network has partnered with media, entertainment and technology companies to help build a more robust pipeline of women leaders. Founded in 1979, and now over 10,000 members and 24 chapters strong, The WICT Network is the largest and oldest professional association serving women in media. Charter Communications, Comcast NBCUniversal and Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution are The WICT Network’s Strategic Touchstone Partners. Please visit www.wict.org or follow @WICTHQ on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter for more information.
About The Motion Picture Association
The Motion Picture Association, Inc. (MPA) serves as the global voice and advocate of the motion picture, home video, and television industries. It works in every corner of the globe to advance the creative industry, protect its members’ content across all screens, defend the creative and artistic freedoms of storytellers, and support innovative distribution models that bring an expansion of viewing choices to audiences around the world. Its member studios are: Netflix Studios, LLC; Paramount Pictures Corporation; Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.; Universal City Studios LLC; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures; and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Charles Rivkin is Chairman and CEO.