Sunday, September 25, 2022

Deadline Hollywood Partners with African American Film Critics Association for Events & More in 2020

Two of Hollywood’s most prestigious brands partner to benefit Next Generation Talent and Diversity & Inclusion

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*(Los Angeles) – The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) and Deadline Hollywood ( will partner throughout 2020 to produce a slate of events that target Next Gen entertainment creative professionals, and a select group of U.S. cities that are showing growth in the entertainment industry.

The collaboration kicks off with a New Hollywood Next Gen celebration hosted by Deadline reporters Amanda N’Duka and Dina Ray Ramos, cohosts of the New Hollywood podcast, and AAFCA founder/president Gil Robertson on January 21 at Fig & Olive in West Hollywood. The celebratory experience includes a panel discussion featuring some of the brightest names in film & television, plus an after-party with bites and cocktails courtesy of Fig & Olive.

“AAFCA is elated to work with the amazing team at Deadline whose leadership shines through action, not words, especially when it comes to their commitment to diversity and inclusion,” said Robertson. “Celebrating tomorrow’s talent is vital to ensuring Hollywood’s future. Our next-generation celebration is an excellent way to engage with this important community and provide them with the tools and resources, along with fantastic networking, to govern their next steps. And, of course, it’s a great prelude to the 11th AAFCA Awards Gala.”

The New Hollywood Next Gen celebration is the first event of the exciting partnership between Deadline and AAFCA that includes a series of events called “Hot Spots.” An immersive one-day conference presented by the two venerable brands, “Hot Spots” offers panel discussions, seminars and mixers highlighting the best in emerging film communities. “Hot Spots” officially launches March 9, 2020 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Additional cities will be announced in 2020.


“Deadline Hollywood is thrilled to debut our new Hot Spots conference series in Albuquerque,” said Stacey Farish, General Manager of Deadline Hollywood. “Hot Spots is all about shining a light on Hollywood filming locations outside of Hollywood. And we think there is no better place to launch this exciting new event than New Mexico.” Hot Spots will connect the top decision-makers in Hollywood with local film commissions, studios, production companies and other businesses that cater to the entertainment industry.

“We are also thrilled to partner with AAFCA on our premiere Hot Spots event,” Farish said, “which will shine a bright light on diversity and inclusion as this industry continues to grow and prosper in New Mexico.”

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