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#GALSNGEAR made an impact at NAB SHOW this year.


On the show floor, the group kicked off the show with a packed Tech Talk on Innovations in Virtual Production, with leaders from Fox Sports, Amazon Web Services and Quarter Twenty. These women shared their wins, challenges and strategies for building film and broadcast content in new remote and virtual workflows.

Across several halls and at the Chyron booth, a 10-member #GALSNGEAR student-mentor team produced multiple hours of programming. They interviewed top leaders across every industry sector and built shows using new all-in-the-cloud software. These diverse students from Arizona State University’s Cronkite School of Journalism got a window into the worlds of their mentors—skilled at shooting, editing, technical directing and producing—while learning about leading edge manufacturers, broadcasters, content creatives and innovators with whom they may soon be seeking jobs. (With one job offer already banked!) You can see some of their powerful interviews on the #GALSNGEAR Instagram channel (please Follow for updates).

At the all genders #GALSNGEAR networking party, co-hosted with Hollywood Professional Association Women and Sports Video Group Women, a wide range of filmmakers, animators, editors, and cinematographers gathered with those designing the hardware and software that help them create. Popular giveaways included a brand new reference monitor and 6K camera donated by Blackmagic Design and software licenses from Digital Anarchy.

At the Sold Out CONNECT Women’s Leadership Summit, more than 150 diverse women from five continents and every vertical of the media and entertainment industry—from cinematographers to software engineers—gathered to focus on How to Build Your Leadership Brand. The event opened with an inspiring keynote from Samira Bahktiar, the new General Manager, Media, Entertainment & Sports at AWS and first woman of color in this key leadership position. The event included a brand-building workshop led by #GALSNGEAR Founder Amy DeLouise, as well as a panel of leaders in broadcast and graphics/post-production on how they built their own brands while advancing through male-dominated careers. The conference transitioned into a powerful joint lunch session with Sports Video Group Women on The Future of Story: Tech Trends & Audience Engagement, where Andrea Berry, EVP Operations, Telemundo, Michelle Munson, CEO, Eluvio, Barbara Lange, CEO, Kibo121 and head of the Media Technology Sustainability Series, and Patti Fallick, Managing Director, Broadcast, USTA tackled the role of block chain, AI, fast channels, and sustainability in the new content delivery landscape of diverse multi-platform audiences.

The role of #GALSNGEAR has been to advance “Tequity” across media and entertainment by ensuring people who identify as women are more visible at tech-centric industry events, by giving women access to career-advancing networks, and by creating opportunities for upskilling — including leadership training, a new beta-testing initiative and monthly content and tools on the virtual Tequity Hub.

Says founder Amy DeLouise: “#GALSNGEAR is a movement to literally change the face of this industry. We are grateful for the continued support—both moral and through fiscal sponsorship—of Women in Film & Video, where this initiative was first launched.”

Included in the photo above are WIFV Members E. Samantha Cheng, Amy DeLouise, Kimberly Skyrme, and Anne Saul as well as mentees from Arizona State University’s Cronkite School of Journalism.

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