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History Channel/A+E Networks Forms Multiyear Partnership With Roybal Film and TV Production Magnet Fund

The History Channel/A+E Networks has entered in a multiyear partnership with the Roybal Film and Television Magnet Fund, which supports the magnet school of the same name founded last summer by a host of industry elites, including George Clooney, Grant Heslov and CAA managing director Bryan Lourd. A+E Networks Group president and chair Paul Buccieri […]

Dan Lin Launches BIPOC-Focused Content Accelerator Rideback Rise

Producer Dan Lin is launching a new nonprofit accelerator to help cultivate the next generation of BIPOC creators and entrepreneurs. Rideback Rise – a registered 501(c)(3) – already has secured more than $1 million in commitments from the Ford and MacArthur foundations, the Zelnick Belzberg Charitable Trust, the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art and […]

Diverse Representation Launches Summer Immersion Program for HBCU Law Students

Diverse Representation, the organization dedicated to supporting Black representatives (agents, attorneys, managers, publicists and financial advisors) in sports and entertainment, has launched a new program to expose law students to opportunities in Hollywood. As part of a partnership struck with Southern University Law Center last September, the first-ever Summer Entertainment Immersion Program will take place […]

‘Euphoria,’ ‘Yellowjackets,’ ‘Big Sky’ Among Series to Get ReFrame Stamp of Approval

The ReFrame Stamp, a distinction handed out to TV productions that have achieved gender-balanced hiring, has been given to 94 shows from the IMDb top 200 series table for the 2021-22 season. Among the newly stamped shows are Big Sky, Bridgerton, Star Trek: Discovery, The Flight Attendant, Gaslit, Chicago Med and others. The news was […]

Hollywood’s Chief Diversity Officers Tell All

This is the first in an ongoing series on the status of progress with inclusion in Hollywood. *** Latasha Gillespie remembers having a doctor’s appointment on May 30, 2020. It was five days after George Floyd was suffocated by a police officer, his excruciating nine-minute, 29-second death — captured on video and witnessed by millions […]

Starz Teams With NALIP, NFMLA for Development Program for Underrepresented Writers

As part of Starz’s ongoing #TakeTheLead initiative to support inclusion behind the scenes as well as as onscreen, the network is launching a program to train scribes from historically excluded backgrounds in writing for premium cable. The Starz #TakeTheLead Writers’ Intensive is a first-time partnership with the National Association of Latino Independent Producers and NewFilmmakers […]

‘Squid Game’ Star Anupam Tripathi Signs With CAA (Exclusive)

Squid Game fan favorite Anupam Tripathi has signed with CAA in all areas, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned. The Indian actor moved to Korea on an arts scholarship and for the next decade worked mostly in small parts onscreen and stage until he landed his first major role in what became a global sensation […]

Annenberg Inclusion Initiative Teams With Snap for $25K Student Film Grant (Exclusive)

The USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative has partnered with Snap on a program to boost one female student filmmaker of color during her senior year. The Snap Originals Annenberg Inclusion Award will give the winning filmmaker $25,000 for her senior thesis film. A panel of Snap advisors will mentor her throughout her senior year, and she […]

Half of This Year’s Emmy-Nominated Actors of Color Came From Three Shows

Squid Game’s historic 14 nominations went a long way toward buoying the diversity numbers for the 2022 Emmy acting nominees. Nearly 20 percent (five: lead actor Lee Jung-jae, supporting actors Park Hae-soo and Oh Young-soo, supporting actress Jung Ho-yeon and guest actress Lee You-mi) of this year’s nominated actors of color (26) hail from the […]

Academy Launches Development Program for Black British Film Composers

Film composition has historically been one of the least diverse crafts in the industry, but the Academy is launching a new program to address the deficit. The organization has partnered with Mercury Studios, which has offices in London and Los Angeles, to launch the Jonas Gwangwa Music Composition Initiative, a yearlong development program for U.K.-based […]

Disney Launches Howard University Fund to Support Black Storytellers

Disney has partnered with Howard University to help advance opportunities for underrepresented students in media and entertainment. The initiative, the Disney Storytellers Fund at Howard University, was announced by the Walt Disney Company on Sunday at the Essence Festival of Culture. The multiyear program will provide stipends over a five-year period for student projects focused […]

Supreme Court Rulings Rocked — and Rallied — the 2022 CAA Amplify Summit

There is a Planned Parenthood in South L.A. five minutes from USC, where Storm Reid goes to college. “I have friends who have been in situations where they’ve had to go to Planned Parenthood,” the Euphoria star said in a conversation with Ava DuVernay and Nina Shaw on Thursday afternoon in Ojai. “That right could […]