Canon Club

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Canon Club | Where Women in Entertainment and Technology Meet

DEG is dedicated to helping cultivate a vibrant community for women in entertainment and technology. DEG’s Canon Club strives to be a place where women at all levels and in all sectors of our business are welcome to share knowledge and build their business networks.  In 2019, Canon Club announced an Advisory Board and added new benefits, activities and events for members at all levels and in all sectors of digital media.

In 2020, Canon Club has gone virtual! Social distancing is no problem with the online events we’ve hosted. Members have been able to attend virtual salons and events that provide insights into the industry as well as listen to top industry executives discuss their career paths. Canon Club is dedicated to bringing value to its members virtually until it is safe to meet in person.

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Hedy Lamarr Award for Women in Entertainment and Technology

Austrian-American actress Hedy Lamarr was a Hollywood legend who is best known for her roles in many film classics, including Samson and Delilah, The Strange Woman, and Tortilla Flat. She was also a lifelong inventor whose innovative work included pioneering “frequency hopping,” which became the foundation for spread spectrum technology. Conceived by Lamarr and composer George Antheil for radio guidance systems and patented in 1942, this highly secure technology resists interference and dropout, and is utilized today for a variety of cellular, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth applications.

In the spirit of knowledge sharing and inspiration for all women in the business of home entertainment, DEG has created the Hedy Lamarr Awards to recognize and inspire pioneering work by the multi-faceted female leaders in our industry today.

DEG presented its first “Hedy Lamarr Award for Innovation in Entertainment Technology” in 2017 to Academy Award winning actor and advocate Geena Davis, Founder and Chair of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media.  The following year, DEG presented Nonny de la Peña, CEO Emblematic Group, with the award. The 2019 award was presented to Dean Willow Bay of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. This year, Sara DeWitt, PBS KIDS Digital, will be presented the award. DEG created the Innovation Award to recognize female executives in the fields of entertainment and technology who have made a significant contribution to the industry.

DEG also presented the “Hedy Lamarr Achievement Award for Emerging Leaders in Entertainment Technology,” which recognizes female college students whose studies in the fields of entertainment and technology have shown exceptional promise.  The first Emerging Leader award was presented to Johanna Baumann of the University of Michigan in 2017. Cassidy Pearsall of Carnegie Mellon University received the award in 2018. Maya Tribbitt of USC Annenberg and USC College of Letters, Arts and Sciences received the award in 2019. The 2020 recipient is Molly Mielke of UCLA.

Mentoring Initiative

Samara Winterfeld (l.) presents a mini-salon to Canon Club Members

Our previous initiative “4 Cups of Coffee” is on hold while we are social distancing. When we can get back to in-person meetups safely, we will re-instate the program. Until then, we are very excited about the opportunities within our revamped program!

We will be doing group-style (virtual) mentoring with online events specifically targeted to furthering your career, with personal and professional development opportunities including:

  • Mini-salons
  • Workshops
  • Special Networking Opportunities

This group will meet one to two times per month. Some activities will be for networking and others for professional development.

Another exciting part of this program is the opportunity to have a Peer Accountability Partner. Mentees that would like a “buddy” will be matched with someone of a similar experience level to help each other meet their goals during this uncertain time.

Please email if you’d like to take part in this initiative.

Pictured, left: Meri Hassouni of Giant Interactive meets with Geri Weinfeld of Xperi (on screen) during a virtual meet-up in the Buddy program.

Canon Club Pivots to Online Events in 2020

Top left: Canon Club’s (Iced) Coffee with the Board: A Conversation with Andrea Downing (PBS Distribution);  (c.) Molly Birkholm led a special mindfulness workshop for Canon Club participants; (r.) Dametra Johnson-Marletti of Microsoft is interviewed by Stephanie Prange of Media Play News

Bottom left: NPD’s Karyn Schoenbart delivers the keynote address at the Canon Club Mentoring Kick-off event; (c.) Paula Kerger (PBS) presents Sara DeWitt (KIDS Digital, PBS) with the Hedy Lamarr Award for Innovation in Entertainment Technology; (r.) Samara Winterfeld (Xperi) hosts a mini-salon to Canon Club Mentees

Advisory Board

Robin Tarufelli, Deloitte [CHAIR]

Rebecca Heap, Comcast

Dametra Johnson-Marletti, Microsoft

Andrea Downing, PBS Distribution

Cheryl Goodman, Sony Electronics 

Carol Hanley, Whip Media

Meri Hassouni, Giant Interactive  [VICE CHAIR]

Karen Chupka, CTA

Karin Gilford, Movies Anywhere 

Michele Edelman, Premiere Digital Services

Teresa Phillips, Spherex

Loren Nielsen, Xperi

Yolanda Macias, Cinedigm

Ellen Weston, Intel

Nadia Haney, NBCUniversal

Rose Adkins Hulse, ScreenHits TV

Darcy Antonellis, Vubiquity