Diverse Voices in Hollywood 3.25.2021

03/25/2021 07:00 PM EDT - 08:00 PM EDT

*Please note that the event time listed is Eastern Standard Time*

Phil Sun ’04, top Hollywood talent agent, president and managing partner of representation firm M88 and former partner at WME, and Cord Jefferson ’04, Emmy Award winning television writer for the HBO hit series "Watchmen," and producer of "The Good Place," discuss diversity in the arts and entertainment industry and the focus on amplifying voices of diverse and underrepresented artists and creators. This discussion will be moderated by Chon Glover M.Ed.’99, Ed.D. ’06, W&M chief diversity officer.

This event is brought to you in partnership with the William & Mary Global Film Festival.

 

 

Phil Sun '04

President and Managing Partner and Co-Founder of M88

 

Phil Sun '04, is president and managing partner and co-founder of M88, a full-service representation firm amplifying the voices of artists and creators from the global new majority, which launched in August 2020 in partnership with MACRO Founder & CEO Charles D. King. Formerly, Sun was a Partner at WME. 

He represents some of the most sought-after talent at the intersection of entertainment and culture, including Michael B. Jordan, Idris Elba, Riz Ahmed, Donald Glover, Gemma Chan, Naomi Scott and many more. 

He has graced THR’s Next Generation list, Empowerment list, and A100 Most Impactful Asians list. He was one of the first Asian American agents to be promoted to partner at WME and has used his platform to push for change as co-founder of Empower, WME’s company-wide program that ensures that employees at all levels feel supported rising through the agency — and externally as a board member of USC Annenberg’s Inclusion Initiative.

He resides in LA with his wife and son.

 

 

Cord Jefferson '04

Writer and Producer

 

Cord Jefferson '04, is a writer and producer from Tucson, Arizona. His television credits include Watchmen, The Good Place, Succession, Master of None and The Nightly Show. In 2020, he received two Writers Guild Awards, an NAACP Image Award, and a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special. 

Prior to his work in television, Cord was a journalist. His reporting and writing have appeared in National Geographic, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Matter, Bookforum, New York Magazine, The Awl, and ESPN the Magazine.

 

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