New Diversity Policy for Movies and TV Unveiled by Warner Bros.
Warner Bros. and its corporate siblings, HBO and Turner Broadcasting, introduced a policy on Wednesday aimed at increasing the diversity in its movies and television shows. In addition to pledging to grow the number of people of color and women, WarnerMedia also announced that their efforts to increase diversity both in front of and behind the camera will include the LGBTQ+ community, those with disabilities, and other underrepresented groups. “WarnerMedia pledges to use our best efforts to ensure that diverse actors and crew members are considered for film, television and other projects, and to work with directors and producers who also seek to promote greater diversity and inclusion in our industry. To that end, in the early stages of the production process, we will engage with our writers, producers and directors to create a plan for implementing this commitment to diversity and inclusion on our projects, with the goal of providing opportunities for individuals from under-represented groups at all levels,” the policy reads. They also announced that they would issue an annual report to document their progress, though the policy does not include specific benchmarks. The first project to fall under the new guidelines is Just Mercy starring Michael B. Jordan -- the first major star to announce that his production company would include inclusion riders. He and his agent, Phillip Sun, helped WarnerMedia to launch the policy. More here.