Participants

SAMATA NARRA

President, Film2Future

Samata Narra is chairwoman of Film2Future, a film, animation and virtual reality program for under-serviced high school kids in Los Angeles. In addition, she serves on the board of Colour Entertainment Groups, a nonprofit organization that promotes inclusivity at all ranks of the entertainment industry. She is the Senior Vice President of Comedy Programming and
Development at FOX, where she is responsible for developing, launching, and overseeing live action and animated half-hour comedy series for the network. In her time at FOX, she’s shepherded a number of shows including critically acclaimed The Last Man on Earth starring Emmy nominated Will Forte, Golden Globe winner Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Golden Globe, Emmy-nominated New Girl and Emmy winner Bob’s Burgers. She also championed the first ever South Asian lead of an American television series, The Mindy Project as well as being instrumental in the development of Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s (Spiderverse, LEGO) Son of Zorn, Fox’s first ever live-action/animation hybrid comedy series. She started at Fox in 2011 as Director of Comedy Development and was quickly tapped for Fox Network Group’s HiPo executive management program within 6 months of joining the network. Prior to FOX, Samata spent over seven years as a literary manager at Fineman Entertainment, where she represented writers and directors in both television and features including Dick Donnor (Lethal Weapon, The Goonies), Phillip Noyce (Quite American), Jack Bernstein (Ace Ventura Pet Detective), Steve Herek (Mr. Holland’s Opus), and Neal Israel (Police Academy). Through Fineman Entertainment’s producing deal at Fox Television Studios, Samata developed the series Lights Out for FX. This is also where she began executive producing Meet the Patels, a romantic comedy documentary and festival favorite, which was released in September 2015. She has been included in Marie Claire’s New Guard, The Hollywood Reporter’s 35 Under 35, and Variety New Leaders. A native of Pikeville, KY, Samata started her career at the William Morris Agency working for CEO Norman Brokaw after graduating from Boston University’s School of Management.