Rather, it is an opportunity to take a different path in life, can be personally and professionally rewarding.
For Nina Tassler, who, before her departure in 2015, became chairman of CBS Entertainment in order to become an independent producer, it is precisely her own story of life that makes clear. In the first session of the opening women’s television summit, she said her story is one of the ” turn to level. And it’s all about embracing errors and looking at options that you haven’t noticed before.”
That’s because after graduating from College, Tassler thought she was going to take New York by storm as a stage actress. “But that has not happened,” she said. “What happened was an opportunity to work behind the scenes at a regional theater in Manhattan. I learned to do everything involved with community theater. I was curious, I was engaged, and I realized, ” these are skills that I will need sometime in my life.””
When Tassler, at the behest of her husband, moved to L. A., she received an entry-level job from an Agency through her college employee, Geena Davis (another option she had not considered), and later realized that she was taking advantage of the development. Then landed a job at Lorimar Television with Leslie Moonves, then she moved with him to CBS. Today she is co-founder of PatMa Productions at Denise Di Novi.
About 300 industry members, including some men, gathered on the 21.May in the Saban Media Center, the television Academy in North Hollywood for the summit, a daylong series of talks from women in entertainment in partnership with the Television Academy Foundation.
Offers focused on success stories, overcoming obstacles and inclusivity. This included two meetings organised by the Foundation as part of its TV initiative: Tassler’s performance and an afternoon talk with the Emmy award winner Felicity Huffman.
A member of the foundation board, Tassler, was interviewed by CEO Madeline Di Nonno, CEO of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. Their infrastructure for production companies is “lean and medium,” said Tassler — small enough to engage in all aspects personally; they and Di Novi are setting up projects on different platforms.
Tassler referred to an emerging production trend that she considered useful for the industry: production companies that reflect the personal goals of their founders and their definition of storytelling.
She and Di Novi are looking for women-centred projects, especially for real stories of women who have brought about social change. She also wants to tell Latina stories that she has noted is a reflection of her own heritage. The duo also hire writers and act as mentors.
In her remarks, tassler also pointed out the “connective tissue” that exists between storytellers and listeners, a topic Huffman noted in a clip from her video apparatus for Interviews, the Foundation’s oral history project. According to Huffman, history breaks down walls and brings empathy and understanding with it.