The Future of Television: Social Justice and Media Industries

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Quite clearly, the television industry is vital to Los Angeles’ culture and economy. And it is equally clear that the way in which television programming is produced, distributed and consumed is changing as technology advances. But that’s only part of what is transforming the future of television. 

Julia Himberg, director of ASU Film and Media Studies, will offer an introduction to a discussion moderated by ASU Assistant Professor Aviva Dove-Viebahn with a diverse range of TV industry practitioners including:

  • Fanshen Cox, co-founder, inclusion rider and head of strategic outreach for Pearl Street Films. Credits include: "One Drop of Love," "Closet Space," "The Mentalist."
  • Courtney Hoffman, film/television director/writer/costume designer. Credits include: "The Good Time Girls," "The Sisters of Scott County" (in-development), "Buffalo County," co-written with playwright Larissa FastHorse.
  • Peter Murrieta, television producer. Credits include: "Mr. Inglesias," "One Day at a Time," "Wizards of Waverly Place."

We will explore the industry’s possibilities, responsibilities and obligations in a moment of pivotal change, centering on how television is responding to pressures from the #MeToo movement, calls for racial justice and changes to filmmaking practices due to COVID-19. Professor Dove-Viebahn will guide the discussion, following a set of key questions: How can television remain a central site for the deliberation over questions of community, racial justice and protest? How is the industry responding to public demands for more diversity and inclusion in front of and behind the camera? Is greater inclusion central to the future of television’s appeal for audiences?


ASU’s Film and Media Studies program in the Department of English distinguishes itself by providing a comprehensive look at film, television, and digital media, including videogames, social media and screenwriting. The program develops students into more critically informed writers, storytellers, critics and consumers of film and media, and builds media literacy skills that can be applied to careers within and outside of the media industries.

This in-person event is offered as part of Experience ASU—the launch of the ASU California Center in Los Angeles.

Suzanne Wachman
Thursday, Sep. 22, 2022, 6-8 p.m.
ASU California Center, 1111 S Broadway Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Free but registration required.

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