The Disney/ABC Television Group announced plans today for the first “Freeform Summit,” to be led by pioneers of change in television and entertainment and put on by Disney’s young adult TV network Freeform. The event is set for Thursday, Jan. 18, at Neuehouse Hollywood.
The announcement describes the summit as “a network-wide event that will feature a series of panel discussions addressing activism, social change, representation in television and various other important cultural issues defining modern youth culture today.”
The panelists and speakers will include talent, executives, showrunners and directors across multiple Freeform series spotlighting the channel’s new 2018 programming lineup — including “grown-ish,” “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger,” “Siren” and “Alone Together” — along with fan-favorite shows including “The Bold Type” and “The Fosters.”
“The Freeform Summit will also feature key influencers, tastemakers and pop culture titans who are embracing and effecting cultural change through storytelling, mentorship and engagement,” the announcement adds. “The format of the summit is guided by Freeform’s identity, which continues to set itself apart from other content platforms by delivering stories that celebrate the power, possibility and inclusivity of youth culture — stories that are bold, sophisticated, inspirational, culturally significant and most importantly, on the pulse of young adult life.”
Panels, moderators and participants will be announced at a later date.