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Latest Diversity News


In Hollywood, Few Female Stunt Performers Are Allowed To Drive


EXCLUSIVE: Four Saturdays ago, the Bumblebee stunt team showed up for rehearsals in downtown Los Angeles for work on the latest in the Transformers movie franchise. It was late afternoon, and they were preparing to film the stunt the next Wednesday, November 1. The rehearsal that day involved 11 stunt drivers and three passengers – all men. One of the drivers was even told to wear a wig to double for a woman. Seven of the driving jobs listed on the call sheet were… Read


Deadline’s Podcast New Hollywood: Race-Specific Characters & ‘The 15:17 To Paris’ With Sinqua Walls

New Hollywood Podcast

In the inaugural episode of Deadline’s New Hollywood podcast, we welcome actor Sinqua Walls, who has been seen in Power, Once Upon a Time and Friday Night Lights. On the film side, he appears in the upcoming Clint Eastwood-directed The 15:17 To Paris. In addition to talking about his mellow experience working with the Oscar-winning Eastwood, Walls talks about working with Courtney Kemp on Power and being a black actor portraying Sir Lancelot on Once Upon a Time. As for… Read


DGA Reports Big Spike In Hiring Of Female And Minority TV Directors

DGA Awards Winners List

The employment of women and minority directors set an all-time record in the 2016-17 television season, according to the latest hiring data compiled by the Directors Guild of America – more evidence that the industry is moving toward more diversity in the directing chair. The percentage of women directing episodic TV shows increased by a whopping 23.5% from the previous season – up from 17% of the shows the year before, to 21% last season. The number of ethnic minority… Read


New Diversity Org, The Creative Thread Foundation, Has Few Women On Its Board

The Rev. Al Sharpton has been appointed to the founding board of the Creative Thread Foundation, a newly formed organization dedicated to "opening doors for multicultural representation, diversity and inclusion" in the media, entertainment and communications industries. Trouble is, the founding board isn't very inclusive of women: Only three of its 13 board members are female. The foundation’s board also is chaired by two men: Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., director of… Read


CBS Diversity Comedy Showcase Gets New Co-Directors, Head Writers After Rick Najera’s Exit

Grace Parra and Stephen Guarino are set as the new co-directors of CBS 2018 Diversity Comedy Showcase, the network said today. They replace Rick Najera, who exited last month amid an investigation into inappropriate comments made during production of last year’s Diversity Comedy Showcase. The showcase also named it head writers for 2018: Nahreen Tarzi and Chris Eckert. See their credits below, along with those for Parra and Guarino — all of whom are alums of the CBS… Read


Bright Future For Diversity, Females In Showbiz, Say Women In Entertainment Panelists

“There is so much more inclusion than ever before, and I’ve been in the business for over 30 years,” beamed SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris today at the Women in Entertainment conference at Los Angeles’ Skirball Center. The Code Black and Beverly Hills, 90210 actress was part of this afternoon’s “Designing Disruption” panel alongside STX Entertainment Chief Communications Officer Patti Rockenwagner, Warner Horizon EVP Brooke Karzen, and DreamWorks Animation Head of… Read


New Report Calls On TV Industry To Adopt NFL’s “Rooney Rule” To Address Exclusion Of Black Writers & Showrunners

Nearly two-thirds of all scripted TV shows during the 2016-2017 season had no black writers, only 17% of the shows employed more than one black writer, and only 5% were led by black showrunners, according to a new report by UCLA sociology professor Darnell Hunt. To address television's systemic exclusion of black writers and showrunners, it calls on the industry to adopt a program similar to the NFL's Rooney Rule, which requires teams to interview minority candidates for… Read


The First Special Olympics, A Heroic Woman’s Story Set As Feature From ShivHans Pictures & Ken Kwapis

EXCLUSIVE: Diversity also includes the disabled and now there is a feature film project in development about one woman’s struggle to make sure the disabled were recognized and allowed to participate in their own Olympics during a time when Olympic fever was at its height. Shivani Rawat's ShivHans Pictures has partnered with Ken Kwapis' In Cahoots to produce Special, the story of Anne Burke and the first Special Olympic Games. Kwapis is attached to direct and Matthew Scott… Read


Elizabeth Banks, YouTube Team On Global Program To Support Women In Comedy

Elizabeth Banks

YouTube Space, Elizabeth Banks and her ​​WhoHaHa digital​ ​media​ ​company are teaming on an initiative designed ​to​ ​empower​ ​women​ ​around​ ​the​ ​world​ ​through​ ​comedy.​ ​​The global production program will be launched by the partners at YouTube​ ​Space outposts for creators​ ​in​ ​LA,​ ​New​ ​York,​ ​Toronto,​ ​Rio,​ ​Paris,​ ​Berlin, London,​ ​Tokyo,​ ​and​ ​Mumbai​ ​with the aim of supporting​ ​female​ ​storytellers​ ​on​ ​YouTube​ ​who use​ ​comedy​ ​as​ ​a​… Read


Fusion Seeks New Diverse Voices Through Open Call For TV Projects

Cable network Fusion, a division of Fusion Media Group (FMG) that focuses on programming for diverse youth, has issued an open call for scripted and unscripted television projects. The emphasis is on generating new opportunities for young storytellers of different ethnic backgrounds, races, sexual orientations, genders, religions and other under-represented areas of creative talent with or without agency connections. The Creative Board of Fusion, including Professor Henry… Read


NYC Film Czar Julie Menin Follows Up A Grammy Awards Coup With A Timely Focus On Women In The Biz

It took 16 months of arm-twisting, glad-handing, elbow-jabbing, butt-bussing bicoastal diplomacy and numbers-crunching, but January’s 60th annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast by CBS from Madison Square Garden. The ceremony hasn’t originated in New York City since 2003, so the announcement proved to be a very high-profile, thumbs-up event for both Mayor Bill de Blasio and a city agency head more accustomed to complaints than congratulations. The optics were terrific for… Read


New York Television Festival’s 13th Edition Features ‘S.W.A.T.,’ ‘Nude’ Premieres, Expanded Digital Footprint

New York TV Festival Announces 2014 Winners

The 13th New York Television Festival kicks off today with 52 pilots screening, 20 development scripts circulating, and new partnerships with Hulu and Audible aiming to channel talent toward emerging platforms. Through October 28, the festival will feature workshops and industry meetings as well as panel discussions and keynotes featuring notable producers and writers including Shawn Ryan and Lena Waithe, talent like Amy Sedaris and Jordan Klepper, and a range of network… Read