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Viola Davis Will Have an Intimate, Candid Conversation on Surviving as a Creative Next Month

Viola Davis Will Have an Intimate, Candid Conversation on Surviving as a Creative Next Month

I certainly hope this will be videotaped and made available online for the rest of us, who won’t be attending the event, to watch. Of course, I’ll be looking out for it, so that if it does surface, you folks will get the opportunity to watch it.

McCann Worldgroup & The Paley Center for Media have announced that Viola Davis will be joining the “Creativity is the Only Way to Survive” seminar they are hosting at the 2015 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, on Monday, June 22, 2015 at 1pm.

Ms. Davis will be joined by “How to Get Away with Murder” executive producers, Betsy Beers and Pete Nowalk, for an intimate and candid conversation exploring lessons learned from failure, creativity prevailing against all odds, and the strength of character required to trust one’s own creative process in order to succeed artistically in a rapidly evolving – and often judgmental industry. By including three of the TV shows’ principals reflecting different perspectives, the panel will be able to cover multiple aspects of the creative process.

Ms. Davis is currently starring as Annalise Keating on the drama “How to Get Away with Murder,” from ABC Studios and Shondaland, one of the highest-profile new series of the fall 2014 season in the U.S. In 2015, Davis received the Screen Actors Guild Award for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series.”  The series, which drew 14.24 million viewers during its premiere, is a sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller that centers on ambitious law students and their brilliant and mysterious criminal defense professor (Davis) who becomes entangled in a murder plot. Season 2 will premiere later this fall. 

Ms. Davis’s next film, “Lila & Eve,” will be released in July. She is also an Executive Producer.

“The Paley Center for Media leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of media, and we are thrilled to partner with McCann Worldgroup to present a Cannes Lions seminar with three of the leading champions of creative expression on television,” said Maureen J. Reidy, President and CEO of The Paley Center for Media.

In January 2015, Viola Davis appeared in Legendary Pictures and director Michael Mann’s “Blackhat,” a contemporary thriller set in the world of computer hacking which also stars Chris Hemsworthand Holt McCallany. She is currently in production on the highly anticipated “Suicide Squad” which also stars Will SmithMargot Robbieand Jared Leto.

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