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Sue Obeidi

Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC)
Director of the Hollywood Bureau
We are experiencing a new kind of Golden Age in Hollywood. The movement for inclusion of all marginalized communities is changing the landscape of the silver screen and television before our eyes, and an influx of talent and fresh perspectives are energizing this powerful media. A crucial thought leader to these seismic shifts, who you don’t see on primetime, is Sue Obeidi, the Director of the Hollywood Bureau for the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC).
In the last decade, there have seen more stories with inclusive presentations of Islam and Muslims than ever in mainstream entertainment, including Lena Khan’s The Tiger Hunter, Kumail Nanjiani’s The Big Sick, Aziz Ansari’s Master of None, and Sana Amanat’s Mrs. Marvel. With grace, brilliance, and panache, these projects are fostering a dialogue that is essential to American pluralism.
 
A self-professed couch potato at heart and a huge consumer of content, Sue Obeidi is attracted to the entertainment industry due to the stories being told. “Good stories can change hearts; changed hearts can change minds; and changed minds impact our values and can galvanize us into action,” Sue always says.
 
Sue positions the Hollywood Bureau as a partner of the entertainment industry, both in front and behind the camera. She engages decision makers and creators to improve the quality and number of authentic, nuanced, and inclusive presentations of Islam and Muslims, and she also enriches the pool of talent in Hollywood by finding and nurturing Muslim talent.
 
On the frontlines of media, Sue is a vibrant voice. Her poignant and passionate perspective appear in op-ed pieces for top industry publications such as Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, and The Wrap, among others. Sue has been a guest lecturer at American and Georgetown Universities, and she has spoken on panels at the Sundance Film Festival, Variety Inclusion Summit, Variety Family TV Summit, and the Center for Asian American Media Festival.
Sue is the “go-to” interviewee for perspectives on Islam and Muslims in film and television, having been quoted in many articles by national publications including, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Variety, TMZ, and The Hollywood Reporter. Currently, Sue is consulting on projects with The Walt Disney Studios, Disney/ABC Television, Paramount Studios, Amazon, Hulu, Legendary TV, Nickelodeon, NatGeo, BBC1, and more.
 
Her continued success, experience, and expertise represent a lifelong love of her Muslim faith and enjoyment for the entertainment industry. Since launching the MPAC Hollywood Bureau in 2011, Sue has blended her endearment of both to help change and expand the narratives of Islam and Muslims so that audiences can see Muslims as vital contributors who are creating social and cultural change in America, as well as around the world.

In 2017, Sue was chosen for “Variety’s 2017 Inclusion Impact Report,” as one of 62 change-makers who are making efforts for diversity and inclusion in Hollywood.