Hollywood actor, producer, host, activist, entrepreneur, humanitarian, and New York Times best-selling author Alyssa Milano is coming to MIPCOM CANNES to keynote at the annual Women in Global Entertainment (WGE) Power Lunch, to be held at the Majestic Hotel, on October 17.

“Alyssa is a fantastic spokesperson for women and has been a strong voice and influencer championing women in our industry. I think she’s going to be incredibly inspiring. She’s going to tell her story and light a fire for us all,” said Melissa Madden, SVP, International Marketing, A+E Networks.

The 2022 WGE Power Lunch marks its tenth anniversary at MIPCOM CANNES, which sees diversity and inclusion again elevated throughout its conference program. Milano will also present the inaugural Behind the Scenes award at the Diversify TV Excellence Awards, presented by MIPCOM in association with founding Presenting Partner A+E Networks on October 19.

In the keynote, Milano will touch upon her recently sealed first-look deal with A+E Studios to write and produce projects aimed at U.S. and global audiences. The partnership with Milano demonstrates A+E’s long-running mission to ensure female representation behind and in front of the camera. That mission includes “Broader Focus,” an ongoing initiative led by A+E’s Lifetime channel to boost women’s roles in the industry.

Liz Soriano, SVP, International Programming, A+E Networks said, “We continue to be encouraged by the results of our Broader Focus initiative. Some 65% of the writers for our Original Movies are women; 56% of the directors of our movies are also women, while 50% of our executive producers have been women.”

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