Panel Spotlight: Plus Size on the Big & Small Screen

The small screen is changing. If your not sure what that means, we’re talking about television and the characters we view on the small screen is improving every day. The double standards of Hollywood’s have created a larger alternate platform where size doesn’t matter.

And now away with the stereotypes, a new regime is here and we are so excited to bring this discussion to our platform this year. Join us as we proudly welcome Toy Monique, Jen Ponton and Dianne Ashford for the panel discussion, Plus Size on the Big & Small Screen.  Ready to meet this trio of movie making magic?

Plus Size on the Big & Small Screen

Sunday, August 12, 2018, at 3 pm at the TCFStyle Expo, Cobb Galleria Centre, Atlanta, GA

Meet Toy Monique

Toy Monique, a Los Angeles based writer and producer, is currently promoting her latest short film “A Guide to Love,” and adapting her novel series into screenplays while supporting scripted and unscripted television at Will Packer Media. Toy Monique, a native of Chicago, is most known for her work as a full figured model, author, and philanthropist. She has graced numerous fashion runways in New York, Dallas, Atlanta and Chicago – and has been featured as a print model for clients domestically and internationally. Interviews and photo credits from various commercial campaigns and major media outlets include, USA Today, Plus Model Magazine, and Chicago Tribune. Toy Monique’s primary focus in entertainment is creating and ensuring plus size women (and men) are equally represented on screen as more than comic relief for a problem to be fixed – instead in leading roles, as the sexy, confident, successful beauties they are in real life!

Meet Jen Ponton

Actress Jen Ponton is a comedic force, consistently serving up big laughs on screen. A Muppet enthusiast, horror fanatic, and body love activist, Jen’s seasoned resume continues to grow.

In this year’s most talked-about new show, Jen joins AMC’s highly-anticipated Dietland as the recurring character, Rubi–the resident fat activist of Calliope House, the feminist enclave and refuge of Verena Baptist (Robin Weigert). Jen has also guest appeared on The Blacklist, 30 Rock, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Deadbeat, Orange is the New Black, Blue Bloods, Boardwalk Empire, Law & Order: SVU, The Slap, and The Good Wife.

Jen’s film credits include a starring role in the indie film Love on the Run with Frances Fisher and Steve Howey, the Warner Brothers film Going in Style, and Chuck with Liev Schreiber.

Jen is also a producer and writer with several pilots in development, including a web series.

This Jersey tomato of a gal graduated from Ramapo College of New Jersey and went on to work in New York regional theatre. She memorably tickled audiences and broke hearts off-Broadway in Halley Feiffer’s pitch-black play How to Make Friends and Then Kill Them (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater).

Jen married her college sweetheart.

Meet Dianne Ashford

CEO and President of Symmetry Entertainment, Dianne Ashford has been producing and line producing for over 15years now. From an internship with Will Packer of Rainforest Films in 2001, she quickly learned the business and went on to produce numerous titles like Trois: The Escort, The Gospel, Motives 2,  Three Can Play That Game,  Stomp The Yard 2 and Season 4 of BET’s The Game ; just to name a few.  Never one to be confined to just one aspect of the industry, Dianne has also produced numerous short films, documentaries and commercials for clients like CNN and TBS. She is most proud of a documentary she produced for BET, which took an unconventional look at Dr. Martin Luther King’s life, entitled: Alpha Man: The Brotherhood of MLK, Jr.

Come to this session to share what the plus community wants to see on the big screen directly with decision makers working within a thriving production company.

You don’t want to miss this discussion. Get your tickets now for the 2018 TCFStyle Expo.

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