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Paul Martin

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Paul Martin

Paul Martin is the Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer for Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE), a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture, motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; music; television, digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technology. SPE’s Motion Picture Group production organizations include Columbia Pictures, Screen Gems, TriStar Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation and Sony Pictures Classics. Martin is responsible for global talent strategies at all levels within the organization. As the Chief Diversity Officer, he brings together people reflecting the culturally diverse world in which we live to create an innovative workplace.

Since joining Sony Pictures Entertainment in 2008, Martin has successfully implemented a multi-prong inclusion and cross-cultural strategy that has elevated traditional diversity boundaries in order to build an environment of global inclusion. He has introduced partnerships and programs with the goal of targeting emerging and culturally diverse creative talents as content suppliers, writers, producers and directors whose stories will inspire and entertain global audiences.  He also manages several global strategic initiatives aimed at continuing to increase diverse representation throughout the organization as well as building a culture of inclusion.  Most recently, Martin spearheaded the launch of Sony Pictures Action, a racial justice and inclusion strategy, based on four pillars – Our People, Our Content, Our Partners and Our Community. He is the Co-Chair of the Action Council, an organization comprised of 14 senior executives and 7 global subcommittees that oversees all Sony Pictures Action initiatives. One of the flagship programs Martin created and continues to manage is SPE’s 13 Employee Business Resource Groups (EBRGs) with more than 1,400 global employees participating and sharing common interests that foster inclusion and belonging as well as elevate professional development.

Martin’s expertise and unique leadership style has earned him many professional recognitions, including the African American Film Critics Association, California Diversity Council, Walter Kaitz Foundation, Diversity Vanguard Award, for achievements in Diversity & Inclusion and he is a two-time recipient of Sony’s HR Compass Award, Sony Corporate’s highest annual award given for high impact programs. He has also been recognized by Variety in their 2019 Inclusion Impact Report, and Black Enterprise Magazine as one of top inclusion executives in the country.

Prior to joining SPE, Martin was Vice President of Worldwide Recruitment for Warner Bros. Entertainment. Martin holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and a J.D. from University Of Southern California (USC) Law School. Martin resides in Los Angeles, California with his wife Laury, his son Aaron and his three dogs – Symba, Buster and Blueberry.

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Lauren Appelbaum
Lauren Appelbaum

Lauren Appelbaum is the Vice President, Communications, of RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for and with people with disabilities, and managing editor of The RespectAbility Report, a publication at the intersection of disability and politics. Previously she was a digital researcher with the NBC News political unit. As an individual with an acquired invisible disability - Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy - she writes about the intersection of disability, employment, Hollywood and politics. From entertainment professionals to presidential campaigns, journalists to philanthropists, she conducts trainings on the why and how to be more inclusive and accessible. Behind the scenes in the entertainment industry, Appelbaum engages decision makers and creatives to improve the quality and number of authentic, diverse and inclusive presentations of people with disabilities on TV and film so audiences can see people with disabilities as vital contributors in America and around the world. She and her team have consulted on projects with Amazon, Disney/ABC Television, NBCUniversal, Netflix, and The Walt Disney Studios, among others. Appelbaum also enriches the pool of disabled talent in Hollywood by nurturing and connecting them to those who can assist with their careers, both on the creative and business sides of the industry. She is the author of The Hollywood Disability Inclusion Toolkit, which was created to help entertainment professionals to be as inclusive of people with disabilities as possible, and the creator of an innovative Lab Program for entertainment professionals with disabilities working behind the camera. To reach her, email LaurenA@RespectAbility.org.

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