Issa Rae, creator, producer and star of the hit HBO show Insecure, has been named MIPCOM 2018 Personality of the Year.
The actress, writer, director and producer will be honored at a gala dinner at the Carlton Hotel in Cannes on October 17. She will take part in a keynote interview on the same day, in the Grand Auditorium of the Palais des Festivals, in which she will discuss her career and share her commitment to helping increase opportunities for women and minority TV writers and encouraging the entertainment industry to take action to improve representation on all levels.
As part of MIPCOM 2018’s conference theme “The Big Shift,” Reed MIDEM will again bring focus to the topics of diversity and inclusion to reflect the global movement toward equality behind and in front of the camera.
“Issa Rae is one of most brilliant creative minds in Hollywood,” said Paul Zilk, CEO of Reed MIDEM, organizer of MIPCOM. “She is shaping the present and future of on-screen storytelling through her authentic comedic writing and her uncompromising commitment to inclusion. In recognition of her generation-defining influence on the entertainment industry, we are honored to welcome her to Cannes as the MIPCOM 2018 Personality of the Year.”