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Warner Bros. Discovery Taps Asif Sadiq as Chief Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

Warner Bros. Discovery has found its head of diversity and inclusion, filling one of the last top executive roles at the David Zaslav-led company. Asif Sadiq has been named chief global diversity, equity and inclusion officer for the company, reporting to Zaslav and WBD chief people officer Adria Alpert Romm. Sadiq was most recently head […]

Soprano Angel Blue Drops Out of Opera in Italy Over Use of Blackface

Soprano Angel Blue says she won’t perform in an opera in Italy this month because blackface was used in the staging of a different work this summer on the same stage. The U.S. singer posted a note on her angeljoyblue Instagram page saying she will be bowing out of “La Traviata” at Verona’s Arena this […]

Canada’s Black Screen Office Head Talks Tackling Industry Racism: “Black Creators Aren’t Seen by Decision-Makers”

An industry reckoning has the Canadian entertainment sector striving for racial parity to ensure early gains in diversity and inclusion are meaningful and sustainable. And Joan Jenkinson, the inaugural executive director of the Black Screen Office, is working to chip away at historical systemic racism to get more authentic, diverse stories told worldwide by Black […]

Canadian Entertainment Industry Still Largely White and Male, Study Finds

A new study from the Directors Guild of Canada reveals the local film and TV industry still remains overwhelmingly white and male. A voluntary self-identification census carried out among DGC members found 82.8 percent of the guild’s membership identified as white. Another 18.3 percent identified as Black, indigenous or people of color. That’s a significant […]

CBC Faces Minimum Spending Requirements for Program Diversity

The CBC/Radio Canada, Canada’s public broadcaster, has had its federal broadcast license renewed to 2027, but the strings attached include first-time obligations to support indie TV producers from “equity-seeking” communities. The CRTC, the country’s TV and telecom watchdog will require that CBC’s English-language services direct at least 30 percent of overall programming expenditures to local […]

Marta Kauffman Pledges $4M Endowment for African and African American Studies at Alma Mater

Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman has pledged $4 million to endow a professorship in African and African American Studies at Brandeis University, her alma mater. The gift, she says, comes after a period of self-reflection and a series of interviews in which she expressed regret about the lack of diversity on the hit NBC sitcom. Kauffman […]

Guest Column: The Academy and ADL Explain Why Museum Needed to Tell Hollywood’s Jewish Origin Story With Upcoming Exhibit

Long desired by the film industry and the city of Los Angeles, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures opened its doors in Los Angeles on Sept. 30, 2021. The largest museum in the United States devoted to the arts, sciences and artists of moviemaking, the museum’s opening exhibitions include moments devoted to The Wizard of […]

Diverse Representation and #ChangeMusic Launch Music Database

Diverse Representation and Color of Change’s #ChangeMusic are set to launch the Diverse Representation Music Database, it was announced Tuesday. The database aims to increase the hiring of Black professionals in the music industry. Housing the résumés and profiles of hundreds of professionals, the database will act as a resource for hiring managers from music […]

AFM: Black Filmmakers Look to Capitalize on International Demand for More Diverse Stories

Diversity has been a Hollywood buzzword for several years now, but the real challenges faced by filmmakers from minority or marginalized communities in getting their stories made and seen came into sharp focus at a series of panels at the American Film Market (AFM) this week. The success of non-U.S, non-English-language content, like Netflix’s Korean […]

‘It’s A Sin’, ‘Dreaming Whilst Black’ Among Winners at MIPCOM Diversify TV Excellence Awards

Russell T. Davies’ acclaimed mini-series It’s a Sin, the British reality series The Money Maker, and French drama Special Honors: Welcome to Adulthood have taken top honors at the 2021 MIPCOM Diversify TV Excellence Awards. The awards honor international television programming that challenges stereotypes, and provides a more balanced representation of marginalized groups. It’s a Sin — which tells the story of London’s […]

Mipcom: ViacomCBS Launches Social Impact Division

ViacomCBS International Studios on Tuesday announced the launch of a new corporate division focused on social impact-driven content. The division, VIS Social Impact will assess the impact on issues including climate, equity, and health of content produced across ViacomCBS’ portfolio of brands, including Paramount+, as well as for third-party partners. VIS Social Impact is part of […]

MIPCOM: Newen Unveils Diversity and Inclusion Committee

French media group Newen unveiled plans for a new diversity and inclusion committee on Monday, which the company said will put achieving workplace diversity at the heart of all its operations. Speaking at a Women in Leadership keynote at the international television market Mipcom, Newen CEO Bibiane Godfroid said the group’s commitment to diversity was […]