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Top Women In TV Discuss Challenges, Success at USC

Although many women struggle in competitive, male-dominated Hollywood, these women shared the keys to their success.

The Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and the School of Cinematic Arts hosted a panel Thursday highlighting the achievements of creative women in entertainment, "The Women Who Make Television." 

The event, which was divided into two session, featured many women who held positions such as creators, executive producers, head writers, and showrunners  -- all powerful roles in the production of television programs.

Creative Director of the Annenberg Innovation Lab Erin Reilly moderated the first panel. Reilly remembers when she was the only female master's student studying at the film school, she said. 

Those participating in the panel included Julie Plec, an executive producer of the Vampire Diaries, as well as Alexa Junge, a writer, producer and screenwriter most widely recognized for her writing for the hit series Friends.

Announcing the formation of the event in a blog post last month, USC Professor Henry Jenkins, the principal organizer, noted: "Women still face an uphill struggle to gain entry into the television industry, yet these women have shattered through the glass ceiling and can now stand as role-models for the next generation of women and men who want to change what kinds of stories television tells and what kinds of audiences it addresses."

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