Canon Club

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 2023, after a few years of mostly virtual events, Canon Club will have multiple in-person events all over Los Angeles, culminating with the Hedy Lamar Awards on November 7 at The Skirball Center.

In 2022, Canon Club brought value to its members through a hybrid of virtual and in-person events, including our first in-person Hedy Lamarr Awards presentation since 2019.

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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 named Shalini Govil-Pai, VP and General Manager of TV Platforms at Google (top left), the 2023 recipient of its Hedy Lamarr Award for Innovation in Entertainment Technology. In 2023, Dean Elizabeth Daley of the USC School of Cinematic Arts (top row second from the left), also will be honored with the Hedy Lamarr Inspiration Award for her pioneering adoption of cutting-edge technology into curriculum and practice.

DEG presented its first Hedy Lamarr Award in 2017 to Academy Award-winning actor and advocate Geena Davis, Founder and Chair of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media (lower right).  The following year, DEG presented Nonny de la Peña, CEO Emblematic Group (lower, second from the right), with the award. The 2019 award was presented to Dean Willow Bay of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism (lower second from left), with the 2020 award bestowed on Sara DeWitt, VP of PBS KIDS Digital (lower left). Poppy Crum, Former Chief Scientist at Dolby Laboratories (top right) was named the 2021 award winner. Paulette Pantoja, Founder & CEO of Blu Digital Group (top row second from the right), was the 2022 recipient. DEG created the Innovation Award to recognize female executives in the fields of entertainment and technology who have made significant contributions to the industry.

DEG also presents 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 2023 award honors Lily Chen of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Memphis Grace MacPherson of University of Southern California.

Nominations and Applications for the 2024 Hedy Lamarr Awards are now open.

Get to Know Our Canon Club Advisory Board

Andrea Downing

PBS Distribution | President

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Karin Gilford

Movies Anywhere | SVP, Digital Media and GM

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Meri Hassouni

Giant Worldwide | VP Business Development

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Yolanda Macias

Yolanda Macias

Cinedigm | Chief Content Officer

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H. Loren Nielsen

Xperi | VP Content & Strategy

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Teresa Phillips

Spherex | Co-Founder & CEO

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Recent Canon Club Events

(l. and top r.) Canon Club members met up at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles for a delicious lunch and a day full of celebrating cinema. (bottom r.) The Canon Club community gathered at the Xperi offices in Calabasas, CA for Developing Courageous Leadership, a workshop led by Xperi’s Sarah Haddon (white shirt, far l.). Members across multiple companies had the chance to connect and discuss the importance of vulnerability and authentic leadership in the workplace.

Advisory Board

Robin Tarufelli, Deloitte Managing Director, Media and Entertainment [CHAIR]

Paulette Pantoja, Blu Digital Group, CEO

Karin Gilford, Movies Anywhere, Senior Vice President/General Manager

Michele Edelman, Premiere Digital Services, Head of Growth 

Terri Davies, Trusted Partner Network, President

Meri Hassouni, Giant Worldwide, Vice President, Business Development  [VICE CHAIR]

Yolanda Macias, Cinedigm, Chief Content Officer 

Nadia Haney, NBCUniversal, Vice President Global Marketing, Emerging Technology 

Darcy Antonellis, Amdocs, Executive Advisor 

Loren Nielsen, Xperi, Vice President, Content Relations and Strategy

Dametra Johnson-Marletti, Microsoft, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Stores Category Management 

Andrea Downing, PBS Distribution, President 

Teresa Phillips, Spherex, Co-founder & CEO 

Katherine Pond, Vizio, Group Vice President Platform Content, Partnerships, and Programs