A new University of California, Los Angeles, study released Thursday points up a lag in diversity in behind-the-camera jobs and among TV executives as measured by the yardsticks of race and gender. As of September 2020, the study found that whites held 92% of chair and CEO positions at TV networks and studios, with men filling 68% of those posts. Among senior executives, 84% were white and 60% were male. Above, Channing Dungey was recently named chairman, Warner Bros. Television Group, starting her tenure at the studio early next year.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai says he has been trying to focus on diversity for the last couple of years,but has been hampered by the courts. Pai was asked during his post public meeting press conference on June 9 about the link between media ownership and the wider conversation in the country about racial justice, whether the FCC was doing enough to promote media diversity and what more it could do.
When the Pittsburgh Post Gazette pulled reporter Alexis Johnson off coverage of protests triggered by George Floyd’s death, nobody anticipated it would lead to a staff revolt and become a national story, part of an extraordinary week where the news media’s sluggishness in promoting diversity became part of the national conversation.
Staff members’ demands helped end the tenure of James Bennet as Opinion editor of The New York Times. And they are generating tension at The Washington Post. Part of the story starts in Ferguson, Mo.
After 24 Bachelor contestants and 15 Bachelorettes, the franchise’s sole black lead, Rachel Lindsay, is ready to dissociate with ABC’s reality series entirely if it doesn’t immediately address its problem with diversity.
The vast majority of broadcast station ownership in the U.S. is still made up of white men, according to the most recent data from the FCC’s fourth biennial report on broadcast station ownership, which represents how things looked in 2017. Prior to this report, the last bit of information available was from 2015.
ViacomCBS is letting go of staff amid a reorganization of its corporate diversity and inclusion department. Sources tell Variety that the cuts are concentrated in CBS’s legacy corporate-diversity department.
On Wednesday evening, NATPE presented its 17th annual Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Awards at a dinner in Miami. The winners (l-r): Marcos Santana, president of NBCUniversal’s Telemundo Global Studios; Courtney A. Kemp, television creator, producer and writer; Karey Burke, ABC Entertainment president; actress Christine Baranski; and Jeff Zucker, chairman, WarnerMedia News and Sports and president, CNN Worldwide. The dinner benefits the NATPE Educational Foundation, with a portion going to the Broadcasters Federation of America.
As the decade ends, nothing about TV is the same, whether it’s how much television we consume; how and where we do it; who gets to make it, and the level of respect given the creatively emboldened small screen. We don’t just watch TV, we binge it until we’re bleary-eyed if not sated. We still change channels with a remote control, but more often we’re logging in to watch shows on our phones or other devices and on our schedules, not network-dictated appointment TV.
With his company poised to merge once more with fellow media conglomorate Viacom, CEO Joe Ianniello on Tuesday addressed CBS’s diversity and inclusion efforts in a company-wide memo.
Despite CBS programming programming chiefs touting their strides with diversity in front of and behind the camera today, they continued to come under fire by the TCA press corps for mismanaging inclusivity on the network’s reality programs like Big Brother and Survivor.
FCC media ownership deregulation took its latest trip to Philadelphia Tuesday (June 11) as the FCC defended its most recent rule changes against a challenge by Prometheus Radio Project in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. The FCC defended its efforts, or in Prometheus’ view, its lack of them, on diversity.
Two new programs seek to boost inclusion among production coordinators and production assistants.
Larissa England has joined The E.W. Scripps Co. in the newly created role of equity, diversity and inclusion business partner. England joins Scripps’ corporate equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) team that was created in April 2018 and led by Danyelle S.T. Wright as chief diversity officer. “Scripps was built on the idea of giving all people […]
Jeanne Mau, a longtime programming and diversity exec at the company, has been promoted to SVP, entertainment diversity and inclusion. In her new role, Mau will supervise the CBS Directing Initiative and Writers Mentoring Program, while serving as liaison with other networks and studios in their diversity and inclusion efforts, and collaborating with producers and showrunners to ensure inclusivity in all aspects of their storytelling.
A more diverse workforce presents both opportunities and challenges, particularly around acceptable workplace behavior. Critically assessing where you are will result in better content and a more profitable bottom line.
The FCC will host a daylong symposium on media diversity March 7. It will come a day after minority advocates are meeting in Washington for the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council Broadband & Social Justice Summit in Washington, an event that often features FCC commissioners weighing in on the state of diversity.
Diversity was once again front and center at the Golden Globe Awards as multiple winners used the kudocast as a bully pulpit to advocate for greater inclusion efforts throughout the entertainment industry.
Although many news organizations proudly showcase their commitment to diversity and inclusiveness, women in the media continue to be under-represented in bylines, behind editors’ desks and in boardrooms. Along with sexual harassment issues, stark differences in gender and wage parity have forced the industry to do some important work to create partnerships and initiatives that will encourage more diverse newsrooms.
The Hollywood Reporter has created a two-year training program that aims to increase the number of television and movie executives of color called the Young Executives Fellowship. Starting in April and continuing annually, 25 underrepresented and low-income high school juniors in Los Angeles will be selected to participate. Amazon Studios and the WME talent agency are sponsors, and Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles and Martin Luther King III will sit on the advisory board.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actors and characters of Middle Eastern and North African descent are either ignored by TV or stereotyped, according to a new study. The few such actors who get work are largely confined to playing tyrants and terrorists, said the university-funded study released Monday. One percent of regularly seen TV series actors […]
The FCC today took what it called “a historic and long overdue step” to increase ownership diversity in the radio industry. Specifically, it adopted requirements that will govern an incubator program to assist new, small or struggling voices, including women and minorities, in overcoming the key barriers to entry into the broadcast sector. For many […]
For many actors with disabilities, their progress in Hollywood has lagged behind that of other minority performers demanding to be seen and hired. The reasons are complex, insiders and observers say, including unfounded concerns about added production costs, disability stereotypes and an industry clinging to entrenched habits.
Diversification isn’t merely the just thing to do; it’s also smart business.
A new study says some of the biggest newsrooms in the country are still failing to fulfill a nearly 50-year-old pledge to increase the employment of people of color in top masthead positions, despite repeated reviews and greater coverage of the issue.