WarnerMedia Launches Diversity and Inclusion Initiative in Canada

Christy Haubegger - Publicity - H 2019
Joe Scarnici

The Hollywood studio aims at bringing stories by underrepresented creators to the Canadian and global markets.

WarnerMedia has brought its studiowide drive toward greater diversity and inclusion to Canada.

The media giant has unveiled a new Canadian talent development team to bolster representation of diverse and underrepresented creators in front of and behind the camera north of the border.

“We look forward to bringing the amazing Canadian stories from both seasoned and emerging storytellers to the Canadian and global market. This program will build upon our long history of production in Canada through our Warner Bros. and HBO brands,” Christy Haubegger, WarnerMedia’s chief enterprise inclusion officer, said in a statement.

In mid-2019, WarnerMedia hired former CAA exec Haubegger to oversee the company's growth in diverse audiences and make sure the studio's workforce was representing the global markets it served. WarnerMedia, like other major Hollywood studios and streamers, after launching HBO Max has also been a major producer of movie and TV content in Toronto, Vancouver and other Canadian production centers.

Deanna Cadette will lead the Canadian diversity development initiative for Warner Media as executive director, while Melanie Nepinak Hadley will serve as program director. The studio's inclusion effort will target creators from Canada's indigenous, Black, disabilities and LGBTQ2+ communities, among others.

“Melanie and I know that there’s an abundance of talent in Canada. So we’re thrilled to join WarnerMedia to forge lasting and impactful relationships with both seasoned and emerging creators who can tell those stories," said Cadette, who most recently led inclusion initiatives at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the country's public broadcaster.