Hollywood and the Muslim World
Where do TV and film writers go to find out more about Muslims and Islam? How can you quickly get what you need to know to fill out even a minor Muslim character or lay in a subplot involving Islam? Can you joke about Muslims in a sitcom? These were among the questions addressed at the moderated panel discussion hosted by Writers Guild of America/West. More than 100 industry professionals participated in MOST’s premiere event exploring current film and television portrayals of Muslims and the cultural impact of the entertainment industry on public perception.
The event marked the launch of a full-service online resource center aimed at providing writers with quick access to reliable information and storylines about Muslims and Islam here and abroad. Panel members included:
- Howard Gordon, executive producer of 24
- Jim Berk, Participant Media
- Cynthia Schneider, Brookings’ Saban Center
- Dalia Mogahed, Gallup Center for Muslim Studies and co-author of Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think.
- Michael Wolfe, Director – Unity Productions Foundation (UPF)
Writers Guild of America, West – June 17, 2008
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