The WGA East has produced a YouTube video (watch it above) in support of legislation in New York that would, for the first time, link diversity to production tax credits. Called the Wright-Hannon bill, the legislation would modify the state’s film and TV credits to include incentives for producers who hire female and minority writers and/or directors.
WGA East executive director Lowell Peterson said that the bill “aims right at the heart of two problems: the lack of a stable base of television writing and, to some extent, directing work in New York and the lack of diversity in television.”
The four-minute video features writers and actors from House of Cards, The Americans, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, Nurse Jackie, and Cadillac Records.
According to the guild, the bill has bipartisan support and the support of all the entertainment unions in New York.