March 28, 2024
Foundation News

'Lessons in Chemistry' Cast Members Among Speakers for College Television Summit  April 4

The Television Academy Foundation today announced registration is open for its annual College Television Summit to be held Thursday, April 4, 10am PT/1pm ET. The event includes speakers from such hit shows as Lessons in Chemistry, Girls State and The Handmaid's Tale and is open to students from two and four year colleges and universities across the country. 

Attendees will also have the chance to participate in virtual Q&A sessions with industry leaders, including Emmy winners, top creatives, business executives and more. To register for the event, visit

The Summit will commence with a live conversation with directors/producers Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss of Apple TV+'s Girls State, moderated by Variety's Senior Artisans Editor Jazz Tangcay. The nonfiction program follows young female leaders — from different backgrounds across Missouri — as they navigate an immersive experiment to build a government from the ground up. 

Then, "Climate Storytelling 101: It's Getting Hot In Here!", presented by NRDC's Rewrite the Future, will offer practical advice for creators interested in telling stories about a climate-altered world featuring a live panel discussion with Daniel Hinerfeld, co-founder and director, NRDC's Rewrite the Future, Meredith Milton, creative director, NRDC's Rewrite the Future and producer Dorothy Fortenberry (The Handmaid's Tale,Extrapolations).

The online event continues with an "Ask Me Anything" session with Jamila Hunter, President of Macro Television Studios; as well as "A Showrunner's Path" with Dr. Death's showrunner Ashley Michel Hoban.

The Summit will close with "Script to Screen: Lessons in Chemistry," a panel discussion with cast members and producers from the hit series moderated by Mara Webster, Co-Founder, Head of Programming and Host at In Creative Company.

"This Summit offers students nationwide free industry insight and career advice from some of today's top Hollywood professionals," said Jonathan Murray, interim chair of the Foundation. "The Foundation is committed to connecting students from all backgrounds with leaders in the entertainment industry to supplement their educations and support their career aspirations."

Apple TV+ is a sponsor of the 2024 College Television Summit.

About the Television Academy Foundation 
Established in 1959 as the charitable arm of the Television Academy, the Television Academy Foundation is dedicated to preserving the legacy of television while educating and inspiring those who will shape its future. Through renowned educational and outreach programs such as The Interviews: An Oral History of Television Project, College Television Awards and SummitStudent Internship Program, and the Media Educators Conference, the Foundation seeks to widen the circle of voices our industry represents and to create more opportunity for television to reflect all of society. For more information on the Foundation, please visit

About NRDC
NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) is a leading international environmental advocacy organization. Visit us at and follow on X @NRDC.

About Rewrite the Future
Rewrite the Future is an NRDC initiative that supports representation of environmental themes in entertainment. Visit us at


Media Contacts: 
Jane Sparango 
breakwhitelight (for the Television Academy Foundation) 


For the complete press release, click here

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