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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.  Canon Club in 2019 has a new Advisory Board and is adding new benefits, activities and events for members at all levels and in all sectors of digital media. These include our new “Four Cups of Coffee” mentoring network and a managment training program underwritten by DTS.

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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.

Hedy Lamarr
Willow Bay - 2019
Nonny de la Peña
Nonny de la Peña - 2018
Geena Davis - 2017

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 will be presented to Dean Willow Bay of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. 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. In 2019 it will be presented to Maya Tribbitt of USC Annenberg and USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.

New Benefit: DTS Management Training Program

DTS will invite a limited number of club members currently in management positions to participate in a one-day management training program, with the goal of preparing more women for senior leadership positions in digital media.


For more information, or to be considered, please email Bekah Sturm (

New Benefit: Four Cups of Coffee

Canon Club will match women in search of mentors with one of our Advisors or other senior executive Mentors for a cup of coffee and career conversation up to four times each year.  Our Canon Club Advisory Board Members will serve as Mentors. Additional Mentors include:

Beth Kearns, 20th Century Fox

Ken Williams, ETC@USC

Kejo Swingler, HBO 

Samara Winterfeld, DTS

Heathyr Jozel-Garcia, ABC Studios 

Rachel Crang, Paramount Pictures 

Canon Club Relaunch and “4 Cups of Coffee” Kickoff at Sony Pictures Studios

From top left: Advisor Nadia Haney of Universal (l.) shares a laugh with DEG’s Amy Jo Smith and Katy Moffat of Warner Bros. (r.) | Mentor Beth Kearns of Fox (c.) converses | Corina Jimenez of Fox leads applause for the program | Advisor Karin Gilford (c.) of Movies Anywhere brought her team | Vice Chair Meri Hassouni of Giant Interactive details “4 Cups” | Advisor Darcy Antonellis of Vubiquity (l.) and Mentor Kejo Swingler of HBO listen | Advisor Cheryl Goodman of Sony Electronics (l.) and Chair Robin Tarufelli of Deloitte, happy to be there | Advisor Loren Nielsen (l.) and Mentor Samara Winterfeld, both of DTS | Mentor Kenneth Williams of ETC@USC chats with Swingler | Mentor Rachel Crang of Paramount draws a crowd | Mediamorph’s Bill Woods | Tarufelli (l.) leans in to her friends from Sony Pictures. Photos: Charlie Chang

Advisory Board

Robin Tarufelli, Deloitte [CHAIR]

Dametra JohnsonMarletti, Microsoft

Andrea Downing, PBS Distribution

Darcy Antonellis, Vubiquity

Meri Hassouni, Giant Interactive  [VICE CHAIR]

Karin Gilford, Movies Anywhere

Cheryl Goodman, Sony Electronics

Michele Edelman, Premiere Digital

Sofia Chang, HBO

Nadia Haney, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Loren Nielsen, DTS   

Click here to read brief bios on all Canon Club Advisors and Mentors.