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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 2020-2021, Canon Club went 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. In 2022, Canon Club is dedicated to bringing value to its members through a hybrid of virtual and in-person events.

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Get to Know Our Canon Club Advisory Board

Terri Davies

Motion Picture Association | President, Trusted Partner Network

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Andrea Downing

PBS Distribution | President

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Allison Gordon

Intel | West Regional Sales Director

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Meri Hassouni

Giant Interactive | Vice President, Business Development

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Yolanda Macias

Yolanda Macias

Cinedigm | Chief Content Officer

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Teresa Phillips

Spherex | Co-Founder & CEO

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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 Poppy Crum, Chief Scientist at Dolby Laboratories (above, far left), the 2021 recipient of its Hedy Lamarr Award for Innovation in Entertainment Technology. She received the award in a virtual presentation on December 6, 2021.

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 (far right).  The following year, DEG presented Nonny de la Peña, CEO Emblematic Group (2nd from right), with the award. The 2019 award was presented to Dean Willow Bay of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism (middle) and in 2020 it was bestowed on Sara DeWitt, VP of PBS KIDS Digital (2nd from left). 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 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 2021 award honored Shambhavi Mishra of Carnegie-Mellon University, and also runner-up Brianna Seaberg of USC.

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. Molly Mielke of UCLA received the award in 2020.

Recent Canon Club Salons

(r.) Canon Club Spring Salon “Building Your Personal Brand”: Catlin O’Shaughnessy Coffrin breaks down the steps to successfully market yourself and build your own brand; (c.) Canon Club’s Female Founders Salon: Teresa Phillips (Spherex), Paulette Pantoja (Blu Digital Group), Nelly Voukaki (Looper Insights), and Jeff Stabenau (Giant Interactive); (r.) Edelman’s Cydney Roach, and Elena Grotto, joined by Xperi’s Bill Neighbors discuss leading with empathy.

Canon Club plans to host both virtual and in-person events in 2022.


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 

Janice Pearson, Synamedia, Director Business Development 

Carol Hanley, Whip Media, President 

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

Yolanda Macias, Cinedigm, Chief Content Officer 

Allison Gordon, Intel, West Regional Sales Director 

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

Rose Hulse, ScreenHits TV, Founder & CEO 

Darcy Antonellis, Amdocs, Executive Advisor 

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

Terri Davies, Motion Picture Association, President, Trusted Partner Network

Rebecca Heap, SVP, Consumer Products & Propositions

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

Andrea Downing, PBS Distribution, President 

Teresa Phillips, Spherex, Co-founder & CEO 

Jessica Schell, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, EVP and General Manager