18th, Freeform hosted its first-ever summit at the Neuehouse Hollywood, in Hollywood, California. It drew a slew of the network’s much-loved cast, executives and showrunners, all under one roof to foster an important discussion on social change, activism, gender stereotypes and the rise of the empowered female on television. After posing for photographs and answering reporters’ questions on the red carpet, attendees meandered inside the clubhouse for cocktail hour, where champagne and finger-food circulated in abundance.
The star-studded gathering kicked off with a panel—the first of four—titled “Millennials Are Destroying All the Industries,” featuring Kenya Barris (executive producer of Freeform’s “Grown-ish”), Yara Shahidi (actress, activist and star of Freeform’s “Grown-ish”), Karlie Kloss (model, entrepreneur and star of Freeform’s “Movie Night with Karlie Kloss”), Katie Stevens (star of Freeform’s “The Bold Type”), Karey Burke (executive vice president of Freeform’s programming and development), Elaine Welteroth (editor-in-chief of teenVOGUE), Katherine Power (co-founder and CEO of Clique Media), Luvvie Ajayi (speaker, digital strategist and author of New York Times bestseller “I’m Judging You”), and Rhonesha Byng (journalist and founder of Her Agenda). “If you look at the structures we’ve been destructing, they’re inherently flawed structures,” Yara said eloquently. “There’s so much history that’s been left out intentionally that we are now regaining, and I think with that regaining comes a certain pride in one’s self and pride in one’s past that we haven’t had. And with that, we’re armed with the knowledge to carry on.” Though Yara was brought on to discuss how millennials are shaping the future—their reputation, triumphs and setbacks—she was also in for a major surprise.
During the conversation, Kenya casually informed Shahidi that her show, Grown-ish, was renewed for another season. Yara paused to take in the big news before bouncing up from her chair to receive hugs from fellow panelists and an excited onslaught of cheers and applause from the audience. During the network-wide event, other announcements were made. Freeform’s highly anticipated “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger”—which follows two teenagers as they wrestle with newly acquired superpowers—is slated to premiere on June 7 with a two-hour pilot. “The Bold Type,” a comedy-slash-drama based on the life of former Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Joanna Coles, will return for a second season on June 12, with Nikohl Boosheri and Stephen Conrad being given a series-regular status.
Freeform’s original series “Famous in Love” will also return for a second season. Moreover, the network released a cast photo from its upcoming mermaid drama “Siren.”