Stage 13 joins WarnerMedia with two Sundance panels

(Pictured: Michelle Arvizu as Grace — Photo: Kailey Schwerman/Stage 13/The CW — 2021 )

Stage 13, the award-winning and Emmy-nominated original content studio, is premiering two virtual panels at the 2021 WarnerMedia Lodge held during the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.

The two panels will be discussing two of Stage 13’s award-winning franchise series: Two Sentence Horror Stories, the horror anthology on TheĀ  CW Network, and Family Style, the unscripted Asian food and culture series that is streaming now on Facebook Watch, YouTube, and, and was sponsored by Toyota.

Stage 13/WarnerMedia Lodge panel schedule:
Friday, January 29

Time: Live stream posts at 4 PM MST/3 PM PST and on-demand after 5 PM MST.

Panel title:
How “Two Sentence Horror Stories” is Reinventing the Horror Genre by Tackling Societal Issues


  • Vera Miao, Creator and Executive Producer
  • Chase Joynt, Director, “Elliot”
  • Kimani Ray Smith, Director, “Bag Man” & “Manifest Destiny”
  • Melody Cooper, Writer, “Ibeji” & “Quota”
  • Elaine Chin, SVP, Scripted Content, Stage 13
  • Moderator: Crystal Ro, Senior Editor, BuzzFeed 

Two Sentence Horror Stories is currently airing on The CW. Featuring a different sub-genre of horror in each episode, the series subverts classic horror tropes by centering on everyday people and diverse perspectives.

The series taps into universal primal fears while tackling provocative social and cultural issues within our modern society. The New York Times has said the series’ “roster of writers, directors, and characters is more diverse than you’ll find in just about any other broadcast-network show.”

The panel of writers, directors, and executives will dive into the process and responsibility of how horror is used and told, using how the series has addressed societal issues such as school lockdowns (Bag Man), bullying (Elliot), medical neglect (Ibeji), inhumane warehouse conditions (“Quota”), and drug addiction (Fix).

It will also discuss the series vision of providing an opportunity for a diverse mix of writers, directors, cast, creator and above and below the line crew that reflect people of color, queer, women, men and provide an opportunity for people that have traditionally been marginalized in the genre.

The series began as a short form digital series in 2017 and has consistently prioritized diversity in front of and behind the camera. That vision continues into season three, which will continue to speak to those complex issues with authenticity.

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Sunday, January 31

Time: Live stream posts at 3 PM MST/2 PM PST and on-demand after 4 PM MST.

Panel title:
How Stage 13’s Asian Food and Culture Series “Family Style” Survived the Pandemic and Came Out Stronger on the Other Side 


  • Jim Lee, Publisher and Chief Creative Officer, DC
  • Shari Scorca, EP, and VP, Unscripted Content, Stage 13
  • Marie Jamora, EP and Director
  • Philip W. Chung, EP, and Creative Director, YOMYOMF (Justin Lin’s production company)
  • Lana McKissack, Cast Member, and Foodie Fam
  • Moderator: Lawrence Yee, Deputy Editor, The Wrap

Stage 13’s digital series Family Style explores Asian food and culture, showcasing a diverse array of Asian chefs, celebrities, and foodies across multiple generations, sharing favorite recipes, traditions, and locations representing various Asian backgrounds.

COVID-19 halted Season 2 midway through production, but Stage 13 was able to virtually finish production and distribution. During the shutdown, they created #stage13supports, an award-winning campaign to promote Asian-owned restaurants and small businesses on social media. 

This panel will touch on topics including the diversity in front of and behind the camera, how the producers responded to COVID-19 and completed the series virtually, and the impact of the  #stage13supports community campaign. 

Both panels are free and open to the public through registering at the WarnerMedia Lodge.

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