Jessica Wang
Updated Jan 22, 2018 @ 3:47 pm
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Freeform kicked off their inaugural Freeform Summit on January 18th in Los Angeles. The day-long event featured multiple panel discussions that explored intersectional activism, representation, and other significant cultural issues prevalent among youth. Participants included actors, showrunners, and directors from several cult-favorite Freeform series like Grown-ish, The Bold Type, The Fosters, Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger and more.

Led by the “pioneers of change” in the entertainment industry, Freeform writes in its press release:

Watch the Freeform Summit panels below.

Millennials are Destroying all the Industries

Moderated by Refinery29 entertainment writer Ariana Romero, the “Millennials are Destroying all the Industries” panel features Kenya Barris, Yara Shahidi, Karlie Kloss, and more examining the significant roles millennials play in effecting change through storytelling during a tumultuous political time.

Exploiting the Narrative Without Exploiting It

Moderated by Teen Vogue Chief Content Officer Phillip Picardi, the “Exploiting the Narrative Without Exploiting It” panel features Amanda Lasher, Peter Paige, Aisha Dee, and more discussing the importance of creating authentic LGBTQ narratives.

Understanding and Cultivating Love On and Off Screen

Moderated by POPSUGAR Host and Producer Kirbie Johnson, the “Understanding and Cultivating Love On and Off Screen” panel features Joanna Coles, Melora Hardin, Esther Povitsky, Marlene King, and more analyzing the evolution of empowered females depicted on screen.

“From Comics to Screen” Creating Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger”

Moderated by Nerdist Managing Editor Alicia Lutes, the “From Comics to Screen” Creating Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” panel features Jeph Loeb, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Olivia Holt, and more as they discuss Freeform’s newest series, Marvel’s Clock & Dagger.

Freeform Summit was held at the Neuehouse Hollywood in Los Angeles.