Women In Digital Media Talk to Students
The Barrier Breakers event series highlights writers, filmmakers, executives, music industry professionals and entertainment icons who not only excel in their industry but continue to pave the way for others by fighting for diversity, inclusion and representation. The L.A. Film School hosted a special Barrier Breakers virtual event focused on women in digital media.
About the Digital Media Space
The digital media space is a multi-billion-dollar industry and growing faster than ever. With the rise of diverse female-driven content, these stories have directly contributed to the presence and overall growth of the digital media landscape. In this panel discussion, we’ve invited women from FBE/REACT, Buzzfeed, Mitú and All Def Digital to talk about how they are shaping female voices and influencing female-driven narratives in digital media.
Whether it’s watching a funny video of Mexican Abuela’s trying each other’s Tamales on BuzzFeed’s Pero Like, or laughing at heated debates about the best 90s R&B Group on All Def Digital to analyzing what the most iconic Disney songs are on FBE – this content is driven and influenced by women. They are on the creative teams that produce videos and engaging content that have amassed millions of views worldwide.
Meet the Women in Digital Media Panelists
Alexis Tirado, Head of Buzzfeed Multicultural & Pero Like
Alexis Tirado is an award-winning multi-platform journalist and producer. She currently works for BuzzFeed, the leading independent digital media company with hundreds of millions of consumers around the world. She currently leads multicultural branded at BuzzFeed. From 2017 to 2020 she led Pero Like, the Latinx brand of BuzzFeed that’s focused on woke, humorous and culturally relevant video and social media for Latinx across the country. Prior to BuzzFeed, Alexis was the managing editor of Upworthy, the media brand responsible for making meaningful stories go viral. She was also the Editorial Director of Flama, Univison’s first English-language digital destination designed exclusively for U.S.-born Hispanic Millennials. Alexis was selected out of over 8,500 candidates to become Alicia Keys’ head blogger. She has also worked as a writer and editor for MTV, Martha Stewart, Latina and Time Out New York.
Megan Thomas, Producer, All Def Digital
Megan Thomas is an actress, producer and on-air personality best recognized for the insanely popular YouTube entertainment news channel All Def Digital. Since its inception, Megan has helped propel the multi-platform media company into new heights as it continues to gain strength and popularity through the cultural power of hip-hop, comedy, and social justice. With shows like The Drop, Great Taste, and SquADD Cast, Megan continues to represent as one of the primary female voices and producers for the channel that amassed millions of followers as well as partnerships with brands like HBO, MTV, and Spotify. Also a new mom, Megan is the co-creator and co-host of the podcast, Mommy Needs a Break.
Nneka Enurah, Head of FBE/React
Nneka Enurah is a dynamic leader and creatively collaborative development executive. She is the Head of Development & Partnerships for FBE. In this role, she leads branded and premium content development & packaging for TV and platforms. Prior to joining FBE, Nneka was Director of Digital Development & Production at Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine where she oversaw the development and production of social video and branded content for partners including Lexus, PepsiCo, P&G, and KitchenAid. She previously established Authentic Entertainment’s partnership division and served as VP of Multiplatform & Partnerships. During her tenure at the Emmy® award-winning production company, she shepherded new series for linear and brand partners. In 2018, she was honored by Cynopsis Media as a Top Woman in Digital. In 2017, she was honored as a member of the Digital It List, which recognizes the most innovative executives in digital media. Earlier in her career, Nneka produced digital and television content for leading global media company PopSugar, where she helped lead women’s lifestyle and entertainment programming. Nneka has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Media Arts & Entertainment from Elon University and is originally from Atlanta, GA. She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.
LAFS Moderator: Film Instructor Marlee Roberts
Marlee Robers is half of the Roberts Sisters screenwriting & directing duo. Their feature film, Little Miss Perfect, garnered awards including “Best Screenplay”, “Best Actress” and the “Grand Jury Prize” at festivals nationwide and was released domestically and internationally following its festival run. Marlee Roberts is a Sundance Episodic Lab and Humanitas Prize finalist. She is currently a participant in Women in Film’s Mentorship program and part of The L.A. Film School’s directing faculty. www.cinemanas.com
Learn more about the Media Communications degree program at The L.A. Film School.