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Sue Obeidi        

Director of the Hollywood Bureau for the Muslim Public Affairs Council

Sue Obeidi is the Director of the Hollywood Bureau for the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC). Obeidi ensures that MPAC’s Hollywood Bureau is a partner with the entertainment industry. Behind the scenes, Sue engages decision makers and creatives to improve the quality and number of authentic, nuanced, and inclusive presentations of Islam and Muslims so that audiences can see Muslims as vital contributors to creating social and cultural change in America and around the world. She also enriches the pool of Muslim talent in Hollywood by nurturing and connecting them to those who can assist with their careers, both on the creative and business sides of the industry.

Since MPAC’s Hollywood Bureau was launched in 2011, Obeidi has blended the love of her faith with her love of film, television, and digital series to change and expand the narrative of Islam and Muslims in the entertainment industry.

In 2017, Obeidi was chosen for Variety's Inclusion Impact Report as one of 60 changemakers making the entertainment industry more inclusive. Her poignant and passionate perspective appears in Op-Ed pieces for top industry publications such as Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, and The Wrap. Obeidi has been a guest lecturer at American University, University of Southern California, and Georgetown University, and she has spoken on panels at the Sundance Film Festival, Variety Inclusion Summit, Variety Family TV Summit, Teen Vogue Summit, Women in Entertainment, Color of Change, and the Center for Asian American Media.

Obeidi is the “go-to” interviewee for perspectives on Islam and Muslims in the entertainment industry, 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. MPAC’s Hollywood Bureau has consulted on projects with The Walt Disney Studios, Disney/ABC Television, Paramount Studios, Amazon, Hulu, Legendary TV, Nickelodeon, CBS, NBC, Fox, FX, NatGeo, Starz, BBC1, and Participant Media, among others.

She has an MBA and B.A. in Marketing and has been with the Muslim Public Affairs Council since November of 2000.

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Race-Equity Consultants in Demand in Hollywood: "Never Once ...

"Tolerating a community is not enough — they have to be respected and accepted," says bureau director Sue Obeidi, whose background includes an MBA in ...

8 Inclusive Shows for the Whole Family to Watch

The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in a new appreciation for streaming platforms while families are “together at home.” Variety recently reported that the streaming competition depends on strong children’s content. Kids have always needed creative, educational and inclusive stories. But during this time of self-isolation, the streamers have become a conduit to the outside and a way to stay connected to a world that is full of diversity.

The Emmys and the Future of Muslim Portrayals on Television

Sue Obeidi, director of the Hollywood Bureau of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, hopes Emmy contenders “Ramy” and Netflix’s “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj” will inspire many more nuanced portrayals.

Why It’s Time for Hollywood to Recognize the Muslim Community’s Diversity

The past five years have given MPAC’s Hollywood Bureau a renewed sense of hope. We’ve seen an unprecedented increase in Muslim characters and storylines on screen, even from major studios.

How Hollywood Can Help Overcome Negative Perceptions of Muslims

“Inclusion and authentic representation of marginalized communities will create a power shift in public discourse,” writes the director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council’s Hollywood Bureau

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