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Sony Pictures Hires Ellene V. Miles As SVP Intersectional Marketing

EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures Entertainment has brought on marketing vet Ellene V. Miles to join the Motion Picture Group’s marketing team in the newly carved-out position of SVP Intersectional Marketing. Miles, who will report to Andre Caraco, co-president of domestic marketing, will work across all of the group’s marketing operations to establish holistic multicultural and inclusion-based strategies for all our films. In a memo sent out to employees this afternoon, Caraco… Read


‘Transparent’ Actress Trace Lysette To Star & Produce ‘Colors Of Ava’

Known for her role as Shea in the Emmy-winning Amazon series TransparentTrace Lysette is attached to star in Colors of Ava. Lysette is also set to serve as executive producer. The film, which is described as an “uplifting and authentic love story set in Los Angeles”, comes shortly after Scarlett Johansson stepped down from the movie Rub & Tug after she received backlash for portraying a trans male. It was announced that they will cast all 10 trans roles in the film with… Read


Paralympian Actress Katy Sullivan Chides Dwayne Johnson For Playing Amputee In ‘Skyscraper’

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Editors Note: Katy Sullivan is an actor, athlete and bilateral above knee amputee whose credits include My Name Is Earl, Last Man Standing and NCIS: New Orleans as well as the upcoming indie pic Offside. She got her acting start starring onstage in Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Chicago production The Long Red Road, and this year was nominated for Lucille Lortel and Drama League awards for her featured role in Martyna Majok’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Cost of Living. A four-ti… Read


Queen Latifah Is First Partner For Essence Fund For African-American Content

A new venture fund focused on African-American content has launched and teamed with its first partner, Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit Entertainment. The Essence Creators and Makers Fund has a $20 million endowment from Essence Ventures, the parent company of Essence Communications. The fund will support and partner with creators and makers of color in an effort to mitigate the barriers faced in securing financing for the development and production of projects. The fund will… Read


Imagen Awards Nominations: ‘The Shape Of Water’, ‘Coco’ Among Best Picture Hopefuls

The nominations are out for the 33rd annual Imagen Awards, which celebrate positive portrayal and creative excellence of Latinos and Latino cultures in TV and film. See the full list below. Best Picture Oscar winner The Shape of Water is nominated for Best Picture, along with Animated Feature Oscar winner Coco, comedy remake Overboard and Mexican comedy How to Break Up With Your Douchebag. Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro also is up for Best Director for Shape of Water… Read


CAA Launches Amplify Database For TV Writers Of Color

There is some interesting news coming out of CAA’s Amplify invitation-only event today. The agency just unveiled plans to launch a searchable database of television writers of color to help in the hiring of diverse voices. They are calling it a “first-of-its-kind searchable database.” The new Amplify database is comprised of more than 800 writers that have at least one writing credit on a broadcast, cable, or streaming television project in the past five years, and — no… Read


Comedy Mavens Michele Ganeless & Olivia Wingate Create Mo Studios With Focus On Diverse Content

EXCLUSIVE: Michele Ganeless, former President of Comedy Central, and Olivia Wingate, who previously served as a comedy talent rep, are doing their part to add a wrinkle to the ongoing push for diverse representation and inclusion in Hollywood. The comedy veterans have launched Mo Studios, a New York-based production company that will invest in the development, packaging, producing, and optioning of IPs with a focus on female and under-served voices. The jointly run… Read


Netflix Shares Dive Amid Exec’s Exit And Looming Diversity Questions

Netflix has lost about $12 billion in market value today, the first day of trading since the abrupt ouster of a top executive over the use of a racial epithet. Jonathan Friedland exited the company as communications chief Friday after a second instance of his use of a racial slur was revealed. The ignominious end to his Netflix career was not exactly swept under the rug by an eye-opening memo to employees from CEO and founder Reed Hastings, which suggested larger problems… Read


CAA Lineup For Amplify Event Includes ABC’s Channing Dungey, Lee Daniels, Jon M. Chu

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ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey, filmmakers Lee Daniels (The Butler) and Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians), California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and chairman of NBCUniversal International Group and NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises Cesar Conde are among those who will take part in CAA Amplify’s invitation-only event June 27 in Ojai. This is the second year the agency has held the event, which brings together leading artists and executives of color from… Read


Univision Warns Dish Subscribers On Potential Access Cut-Off In Carriage Dispute

UPDATED: Responding to Univision’s earlier statement to subscribers, Dish has issued the following statement: “We are actively working to reach a fair deal before the contract between Dish and Univision expires, knowing that only Univision can choose to take its content away from Dish and Sling customers. Negotiations are standard in the pay-TV industry. Univision is demanding a rate increase of 75 percent for channels whose ratings have declined by nearly a third over… Read


‘Seven Seconds’ Creator Veena Sud On How Lack Of Asian American Representation Influenced Her Career

As Hollywood attempts to move the needle more and more on the gauge of diversity and inclusion, Veena Sud is doing her part to make sure that she is doing her part to not only put more stories from marginalized communities on the screen, but to make those narratives resonate with all audiences. As the showrunner of Netflix’s Seven Seconds and The Killing, Sud is more than aware that she is in a minority when it comes to television showrunners. As a woman that is of… Read


Tracee Ellis Ross On The Changing Landscape Of Inclusivity, Solving Pay Disparity & Directing ‘Black-ish’

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About to enter its fifth season, Black-ish has so far earned Tracee Ellis Ross two Emmy noms and a Globe win for the role of Rainbow 'Bow' Johnson. In Season 4, Ross took the helm to direct an episode that marked the beginning of a separation for the sitcom's beloved couple Bow and Dre (Anthony Anderson). Amid protests from fans, the couple were fortunately reunited by the season finale, but not before making audiences both laugh and cry through the story arc. A longtime… Read