The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center on Monday announced the launch of “Careers in Hollywood Panel Series,” its new program designed to demystify the process of pursuing a career in entertainment as well as to spotlight Black executives in entertainment.

The online program (, which launches Saturday, May 1 at noon (PST), is free to the public, though attendees must register at as space is limited.

The first panel is held in partnership with Paramount Pictures, with four industry executives set to discuss their professional fields of expertise and ambitions, their impact on diversity and inclusion both internally and externally, and field questions from the audience:

• Daisy Ozouwain, Senior Manager Worldwide Distribution Services, has been working at Paramount Pictures in Worldwide Distribution Services for over three years.

• Jamal Salmon, Senior Vice President of Theatrical Marketing Analytics at Paramount Pictures. He and his team are responsible for infusing data into key decisions made across the marketing department, leveraging the emerging powers of machine learning in support of online/offline media investment, creative direction, publicity, and social media strategy.

• Nellie Tehrani, Director of Talent at Paramount Pictures Animation where she oversees all recruitment efforts for the studio’s film productions.

• Saffronia Threatt, Vice President of Worldwide Creative Content at Paramount Pictures. Here she develops unique creative ideas to market Paramount’s films across broadcast media partners such as ESPN, NBC, MTV, Food Network, Bravo, and Univision, as well as custom content for its international teams and partners.

Founded in 1996 by Sandra Evers-Manly, the Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center is a nonprofit, public benefit organization designed to advocate, educate, research, develop, and preserve the history and future of Blacks in film and television. Through film festivals, award ceremonies, book signings, script readings, contests, scholarships, other programs, and special events, BHERC recognizes the contributions of Black men and women in front of and behind the scenes in the entertainment industry.

“Through strong partnerships and alliances, authentic, consequential inclusion and diversity can be accomplished, sustained and normalized achieving positive and rewarding results for everyone,” Evers-Manly said.

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