AWD Welcomes New Advisory Board Members

The Advisory Board of AWD represents our highest tier of industry allies, and our closest collaborators. We are excited to announce that AnnaLea Arnold and Jeanne Mau have joined Eric J. Feig, Hillary Bibicoff, Jonathan Frank, Karen Horne, LeeAnne Stables, Marc Guggenheim, and Wendy Mericle as members of this distinguished Board, which supports AWD’s mission and programs through advice, guidance, and action.


AnnaLea Arnold is a Founding Partner of WeForShe, a women’s advocacy group that finds practical ways to bring about a gender-balanced landscape in television. Through its two flagship programs (the WriteHer List and the DirectHer Program) it gives industry content creators and decision makers the tools they need to increase the number of women working in entertainment. These programs have resulted in women writers and directors finding new representation, getting staffed, having projects put into development, and booking their first episodic directing jobs.

AnnaLea’s corporate consulting focused on supporting senior management teams at Fortune 500 companies while at Talk to Jess, LLC. Arnold was part of developing strategic initiatives for global entertainment, retail, toy manufacturer, pharmaceutical, and personal care brands on a wide range of issues including representation, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Arnold earned her Bachelor of Performing Arts from Emerson College and Master of Science in Social Entrepreneurship from USC Marshall.


Jeanne Mau serves as Senior Vice President, TV Programming Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, NBCUniversal Television & Streaming Entertainment and Universal Studio Group. She reports to Universal Studio Group Chairman Pearlena Igbokwe and Entertainment Content Chairman Susan Rovner.

In this role, Mau is responsible for driving diversity, equity and inclusion strategies for content across the entertainment networks in the NBCU Television and Streaming Entertainment portfolio, including NBC, Bravo, E!, Oxygen, SYFY, Universal Kids, USA and Peacock; as well as Universal Studio Group which houses NBCU’s four powerhouse studios, Universal Television, UCP, NBCUniversal International Studios and Universal Television Alternative Studio.

Mau’s key responsibilities include oversight of the company’s diversity efforts both in front of and behind the camera. She also partners with internal creative executives to ensure that content accurately portrays underrepresented communities, and the company has maximized the opportunities to hire diverse talent in roles in front and behind the camera. Additionally, she manages current partnerships with external advocacy groups and organizations that support the company’s DEI goals.

Before joining NBCUniversal, Mau was SVP, Global Inclusion at ViacomCBS where she oversaw the ViacomCBS Writers Mentoring Program, Directors Initiative, Viewfinder Emerging Directors Program and Nickelodeon Writers and Artist Program, and successfully built partnerships with executives and producers to create access for artists and creators across all platforms of the business. In this role, she also established initiatives to inspire and foster innovation, and cultivate a diverse, world-class talent pool of content drivers.

Prior to that, Mau was SVP, Entertainment Diversity and Inclusion where she supervised the CBS Directing Initiative and Writers Mentoring Program, while also serving as liaison with other networks and studios in their diversity and inclusion efforts and collaborated with producers and showrunners to ensure inclusivity in all aspects of storytelling. Over the past two decades, Mau rose through the company and served as VP, Current Programs, where she was responsible for the day-to-day management of shows including “NCIS,” “Two and a Half Men” and “Criminal Minds.”

Mau graduated from the University of San Diego with a bachelor’s degree in Communications.

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