In an industry in which diverse characters have faced sidelining at best and erasure at worst, the current moment of industry interruption has created an opportunity for further discourse. As Karen Horne, Senior Vice President of Enterprise Inclusion for Warner Media and longtime advocate for underrepresented stories, notes: “Diversity is not a risk, and we sometimes have to push ourselves to places where we might not be comfortable being, but the result will always be better. “
I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Karen Horne and Teresa Huang, Story Editor of CBS’s MACGYVER, to discuss the rapidly shifting landscape of diversity, inclusion, and access in Hollywood. Here are five inspirational takeaways from last week’s panel.
Missed WeScreenplay’s ACTIONS FOR POSITIVE CHANGE: ‘Specificity in Character Description & Intentional Inclusivity’ chat with Karen and Teresa? Check out the full panel discussion here:
With an unprecedented focus on representation in the television and film industry, WeScreenplay has created a panel to hold space for noteworthy advocates who have been leading the charge toward further diversity, equity, inclusion, and access. Stay tuned for future events from ACTIONS FOR POSITIVE CHANGE, an ongoing series where accomplished guests speak from their experience, examining the systems of underrepresentation and exploring ways to amplify diverse voices in screenwriting.
Joshua Noble is a writer, actor, and producer based in Los Angeles, California. In addition to his career in TV and film, he is a founding producer of The American Playbook, a series of conversations and new works highlighting historically underrepresented voices, and currently serves as Director of the National Actors’ Retreat.
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