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Film Independent Announces Inaugural Filmmakers for Imaginar Producers Residency (Exclusive)

Film Independent has unveiled the three filmmakers who will participate in its inaugural Imaginar Producers Residency, first announced in November. “The Imaginar Producers Residency is an innovative and holistic program that provides Latinx producers tailored support with the goal to help achieve long-term sustainability,” Film Independent director of artist development Angela C. Lee said in […]

Ludacris’ Media Company Inks Licensing Deals to Boost Black-Owned Businesses

When Karma’s World launched two years ago, series creator Chris “Ludacris” Bridges told The Hollywood Reporter he hoped the Netflix animated series would help build the confidence of the current generation of children. The show, which also features Bridges voicing the title character’s father, premiered its fourth season in September and centers on a talented […]

Ming-Na Wen, Tati Gabrielle Among CAPE’s Inaugural Radiance Honorees

Actresses Ming-Na Wen and Tati Gabrielle, along with Partner Track showrunner Georgia Lee and Everything Everywhere All at Once costume designer Shirley Kurata, are among those being honored by the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment as part of its new Radiance event. Hosted by CAPE, the non-profit that has spent more than 30 years […]

Culture Shift: Putting the Asian Achievements at the 2023 Oscars in Perspective

Culture Shift is THR‘s new newsletter dedicated to exploring and examining the current frontiers of inclusion in the media and entertainment industry. Each bimonthly edition will give subscribers the first look at stories centering the experiences of people from historically excluded backgrounds, as well as a compendium of other inclusion-themed coverage you might have missed. Expect a […]

Hollywood Latino Leaders Form Visionary Alliance to Combat Disinformation in Media: “A Cancer Is Starting to Eat Up the Town” (Exclusive)

They’re the most disproportionately underrepresented demographic in Hollywood, an industry that makes its headquarters in a county where they comprise the plurality of the population. And even as other systemically marginalized groups make prominent and visible strides in pop culture, Latinos have remained caught in a cycle of development hell, with projects created by and […]

Creatives of Chinese and Indian Descent Triumph at 2023 Oscars

Because of the unimaginable-a-year-ago dominance of Everything Everywhere All at Once and the perception bias in which deviations from the norm appear more outsized than they actually are, the 2023 Oscars might be remembered as the most Asian Academy Awards yet. Winners of Asian descent — namely, of Chinese and Indian ethnicity — took home […]

Octagon Promotes Stephen Macias to Lead Diversity Across Marketing Agency Network (Exclusive)

Stephen Macias, who joined R&CPMK in 2020 to launch its multicultural marketing and communications division, is expanding his responsibilities across the parent company. The veteran executive will now serve as head of inclusive diversity worldwide for the IPG-owned Octagon Sports and Entertainment Network, which includes both Octagon and R&CPMK as well as the marketing and […]

Men Out-Talk Women Almost Three to One in the Movies, Study Finds

In the movies, women are talking (as Mark Wahlberg put it) — but not as much as the men. Male-speaking characters outnumbered their female counterparts 63 percent to 37 percent in the 100 highest-grossing domestic films of 2022, according to the latest “It’s a Man’s (Celluloid) World” report from San Diego State’s Center for the […]

How the Landscape of Native-Led Stories Has Changed Between ‘Avatars’: “We’re Flexing Our Sovereignty”

Hollywood has never had a reluctance to show Native characters onscreen. They’ve served as the go-to foils for the hero in the most American of movie genres — the Western — and occasionally have been romanticized for their exotic mysticism, their cultural practices and presentation adopted (or appropriated, as some might say) in order to […]

Nearly 60 Percent of PBS Doc Content in 2022 Featured BIPOC Talent or Was “Diversity-Related,” Per DEI Report

PBS built out its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion team in fiscal year 2022. The public broadcaster’s second annual DEI report, released Monday morning, noted that the network created a DEI Office during the period and hired a staff, including DEI head Cecilia Loving and DEI director Gina Leow, in addition to establishing employee resource groups […]

Aminah Nieves, Mo Brings Plenty on Why ‘1923’ Doesn’t Look Away: “We Have to Allow the Audience to Witness”

[This story contains spoilers to the 1923 season finale, “Nothing Left to Lose.”] 1923 has released its season finale and amid heartbreaking cliffhangers and treacherous uncertainty for many of the ensemble cast, the Yellowstone prequel series also delivered hope. That ray of light surrounds Teonna Rainwater, the breakout Indigenous character on Taylor Sheridan’s Western saga […]

Rideback Rise Adds Producer Tracey Bing as Head of Content and Veteran Philanthropy Advisor Sabrina Pourmand as Executive Director

Dan Lin has found the leaders for his BIPOC-focused content accelerator. Rideback Rise has hired film producer Tracey Bing as the nonprofit’s head of content and former charity:water executive Sabrina Pourmand as founding executive director. “Tracey’s experience as a producer and executive and her eye for creative excellence make her the ideal leader to build […]