Out in Hollywood is an organization dedicated to advancing the representation of the queer community both in the content produced on screen and by the executives working behind the scenes in the entertainment industry. We advocate for untold and unseen LGBTQIA+ inclusive stories curated by proudly out executives and producers. Our aim is to propel exceptional projects on screen in order to uplift marginalized perspectives and increase authentic representation both behind and in front of the camera.
Our board is comprised of founding leaders from studios, networks, production companies, and independent producers. Spurred on by the success of groups such as WeForShe and ReFrame, we felt not only the need but also the responsibility to advocate the same for the queer community. Each one of us brings a different perspective to both our work and this organization, ensuring as many diverse viewpoints are represented from the business side of the industry (producers, executives, and creatives) to the queer community itself.
The first initiative we're working on is our Out Loud List, modeled after how WeForShe organizes their own WriteHer List. It is our goal that the list will not only highlight the types of queer stories we want to see on screen but also lead toward development deals, new representation, and in general a better awareness of the quality- and diversity-at-large of our community.
We are excited about the work we're doing and look forward to sharing our resources with the industry and growing to a point where we're able to be relied upon as a marker of both talent and originality in the voices and content we promote.
Below you will find those who are currently championing change through our initiatives and helping to set direction for our organization.
Ameet Shukla (he/him/his) is a film producer and the President of Production for MAS Production, a Los Angeles based film and television production company. His interest in film began at the age of 15 when he was assigned the task of editing Spike Lee’s 102-minute film 4 Little Girls into a 5-minute clip for a school assembly. The assembly was geared towards educating students about diversity, tolerance, and acceptance. It was through this assignment he witnessed just how influential the mediums of film and television were in conveying positive messages and opening people’s eyes to different points of view.
Logan Kriete (he/him/his) currently serves as the VP of Development for Escape Artists' television arm, spearheading finding new content through their first-look deal with MGM Studios alongside developing and producing both series and films setup elsewhere, including Netflix's Somewhere Only We Know. He previously worked at prolific showrunner Neal Baer's production company through deals at both 20th Century Fox TV and CBS TV Studios, and before that Meryl Poster's Superb Entertainment. Logan started his career at Amblin Television, working on such shows as The Americans, Falling Skies, Extant, Under the Dome, and Red Band Society.
Maija Gustin (she/her/hers) is an independent producer working in scripted TV, film and live performance. She has spent the last year fighting on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, working for CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort), the non-profit disaster relief organization founded by actor Sean Penn, in its LA COVID-19 relief efforts. She was previously a Creative Executive in scripted TV development at DIGA Studios, the production company launched by former MTV President Tony DiSanto. She previously worked as a TV development executive at Lionsgate and prior to that, worked for Marti Noxon on series such as UnREAL, Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce, and Sharp Objects. Her career began in her hometown of Chicago working on the first two seasons of Chicago Fire. In addition to her work in TV, Maija has been a producer for comedy show The Frogtown Show, feminist theatre performance series SORORITY and dance company Bodies in Play.
Rebecca Vail (she/her/hers) is a Manager of Drama Development at NBCUniversal where she has worked across genre and tone on shows like The Magicians (Syfy), The Sinner (USA), Saved by the Bell (Peacock), and most recently the critically-acclaimed Rutherford Falls. She is thrilled to be working on the upcoming Queer as Folk with Stephen Dunn at the helm. Before joining NBCU, she attended the Peter Stark Producing Program at USC, migrating from a career in the theatre working in new play development. She is passionate about why we tell stories, how we tell stories, and, most importantly, amplifying the voices of writers who haven't been given the platform to tell their stories.
Renee Reiff (she/her/hers) is Head of Development for Chaos Machine Productions under their exclusive overall at Warner Bros. Television. She previously worked at DC Entertainment as an executive in development and current programming. There she worked on such series as Sweet Tooth for Netflix, Lucifer for Fox and Netflix, Superman & Lois and iZombie and Supergirl for the CW, and Krypton for Syfy. She was also an active board member of Warner Bros.’ OUT@WB business resource group, through which she spearheaded multiple philanthropy events for the studio and created the first employee panel featuring several LGBTQIA+ characters from the DC-on-CW lineup, hosted by executive producer Greg Berlanti.