The first speakers of MIA 2023 were unveiled, among them 3 women featured in 3 key sessions: Nicole Clemens, Sara Bernstein and Marge Dean.

Nicole Clemens, President of Paramount Television Studios (PTVS) and Paramount+ Original Scripted Series who oversees a robust slate of shows across multiple platforms. Upcoming productions from PTVS include Taika Waititi’s Time Bandits and Billy Crystal’s Before, both of which will stream on Apple TV+, and Cross, which stars Aldis Hodge, for Prime Video.

Sara Bernstein is an award-winning producer and President of Imagine Documentaries – the production company founded by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard – who will give a keynote on her career and recent productions like Judy Blume Forever (Amazon Studios), Bono & The Edge: A Sort of Homecoming with Dave Letterman (Disney+), The Volcano: Rescue from Whakaari (Netflix). Bernstein has garnered 11 Emmy wins, 33 Emmy nominations and 11 Peabody Awards, and the documentary features she has supervised have garnered two Oscars and 13 Oscar nominations.

Marge Dean, Head of Skybound Entertainment’s Animation Studio, Emmy-winning animation is an industry veteran and President of Women In Animation, will keynote on the development and production of adult and teen animated content, including Invincible for Amazon Prime.

Additional names announced for MIA talks include Ari Folman, award-winning screenwriter, director, producer and animator, known for Waltz With Bashir; Nicholas Weinstock, Founder and President of Invention Studios, who produced the Emmy Award-winning Apple+ series Severance; James Townley, Chief Content Officer Development at Banijay.