A conversation with members of Time’s Up — an organization that insists on safe, fair and dignified work for women of all kinds — on first-year accomplishments and what’s on the horizon moving forward.
Nina Shaw, entertainment attorney, founding member of Times Up
Nithya Raman, Times Up Entertainment Executive Director
Amber Tamblyn, author, actress, director
Alysia Reiner, actress and producer
Moderator: Chloe Melas, CNN Entertainment Reporter
Nina Shaw, a graduate of Barnard College ’76 and Columbia University Law School ’79, is a founding partner at Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein and Lezcano Law Firm. She has worked in the industry as a talent attorney for almost 40 years with a focus on television, motion picture, and live stage representation. She has previously received the Women In Film Crystal Award, has appeared on The Hollywood Reporter’s “Women in Entertainment Power 100” list multiple times and in 2016 was given Essence Magazine’s Black Women in Hollywood Power Award. A long-standing advocate for women’s empowerment and young girls’ education, Nina is one of the founding members of Time’s Up.
Nithya V. Raman is currently the Executive Director of TIME’S UP Entertainment. She has a background of leadership experience in the non-profit and international development sectors. In India and in Los Angeles, she has worked on issues facing low-income city residents, including access to basic services, housing, and homelessness.
Amber Tamblyn is an author, actress and director who has been nominated for an Emmy, Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award for her work in television and film. Her highly-anticipated memoir Era of Ignition will be published on March 5th by Crown, an imprint of Penguin Random House. On the big screen, Tamblyn wrote, directed and produced the feature film adaptation of Janet Fitch’s novel Paint It Black. A bold and fearless writer, Tamblyn challenges and enthralls readers with her poetry and prose. She is the author of three books of poetry, including the critically acclaimed bestseller Dark Sparkler and her electric and provocative debut novel Any Man. She is a contributing writer for The New York Times, reviews books of poetry by women for Bust magazine, and is a poet in residence at Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls. An avid proponent of gender equality, she is a founding signatory of Time’s Up. She will next be seen in the FX sci-fi drama series Y: The Last Man which is set for a 2020 premiere. The comic-book based series, which also stars Diane Lane, traverses a post-apocalyptic world in which a cataclysmic event has decimated every male save for one lone human. The new world order of women will explore gender, race, class, and survival.
Award-winning actress and producer Alysia Reiner is best known as Natalie “Fig” Figueroa on Netflix’s hit Orange is the New Black, for which she won an ensemble SAG award. Reiner recently joined the cast of HBO’s The Deuce, and you can see her in FX’s critically acclaimed Peabody Award-winning Better Things. Her motherhood dark-comedic feature Egg, which she produced and stars in with Christina Hendricks and Anna Camp, premiered at TFF 2018, and is on iTunes & Amazon & VOD Now.
Chloe Melas is an entertainment reporter for CNN, covering all things entertainment and Hollywood for the network across platforms. Melas is based out of CNN’s New York bureau. In addition to her breaking news coverage of the entertainment industry, Melas has done extensive reporting in the #MeToo era, reporting exclusively on sexual harassment and misconduct allegations on high profile figures, including Kevin Spacey, Harvey Weinstein, and Morgan Freeman. Before joining CNN, Melas spent nearly seven years at HollywoodLife where she was a senior entertainment reporter.