Roswell, NM – “How Immigrants in America Are Depicted on Television”

On October the Writers Guild Foundation, Define American and The Hollywood Reporter discuss how immigrant stories are crafted and portrayed on TV with writers Rafael Agustin (Jane the Virgin), Mando Alvarado (Vida, Greenleaf), Carina Adly Mackenzie (The Originals, The Flash) and Nico Santos (Superstore, Crazy Rich Asians)

“Roswell, New Mexico”’s showrunner Carina Adly MacKenzie shared the link on Twitter and wrote: “Mostly excited to learn from the other people on this panel but YES I will happily answer the “why does this white girl get to do this panel” question while on this panel.”

About This Event

The Writers Guild Foundation, in partnership with Define American and The Hollywood Reporter, hosts a discussion featuring writers and actors on how immigrants in America are depicted on television.

Held in conjunction with the launch of a research study from Define American, the Norman Lear Center, The Hollywood Reporter, and the Opportunity Agenda, the panel will explore the nuances of crafting and portraying meaningful immigrant stories for TV as well as how storytellers can make an impact on the audience’s perceptions of immigrants and other marginalized communities.


Rafael Agustin (Jane the Virgin)
Mando Alvarado (Vida, Greenleaf)
Carina Adly Mackenzie (The Originals, The Flash)
Nico Santos (Superstore, Crazy Rich Asians)

Moderated by Rebecca Sun of The Hollywood Reporter

Doors open at 7pm. Event starts at 7:30pm.


Read more and buy tickets: Setting the Story Straight: Rewriting the Narrative on Immigrants in TelevisionAn event in support of The Writers Guild Foundation.