Universal Taps Janine Jones-Clark for Global Talent Development and Inclusion Post

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Janine Jones-Clark

The former Disney exec will serve as senior vp in the newly created department, which will focus on developing a diverse talent pool, both in front of and behind the camera.

Janine Jones-Clark has been hired as senior vp of Universal's newly created global talent development and inclusion department, which will focus on attracting and developing a diverse talent pool, both in front of and behind the camera, as well as within the organization.

In her new role, Jones-Clark, who will report to Universal Pictures Chairman Donna Langley, will develop and expand existing partnerships such as Universal's Emerging Writers Fellowship, Sundance FilmTwo and AFI Directing Workshop for Women, along with partnering with the company's talent and diversity organizations on further strengthening employee development, recruitment and inclusion practices.

"As our business becomes increasingly global, building on Universal's legacy as a studio that is committed to telling stories and creating art that reflects the vast diversity of our audiences is top priority," said Langley. "Janine comes to Universal with a strong track record and deep understanding of how to develop effective initiatives for identifying and cultivating diverse talent. We are deeply pleased to welcome her to our leadership team and with this appointment, look forward to escalating our progress in these areas."

Jones-Clark, who will start at her new post on Jan. 6, most recently served as executive director, creative talent development and inclusion for the Disney and ABC Television Group. There, she worked closely with her department head in redesigning and leading the Disney/ABC Writing Program and the Disney/ABC Directing Program, two of the few programs of that kind sanctioned by the Writers Guild of America West and the Directors Guild of America.

She previously held various roles in TV, including at Slamdance Film Festival/Orly Adelson Productions, and at the WB Television Network. The Los Angeles native began her career with executive positions in publicity at NBC and Fox.