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Netflix, Transgender Film Center Launch Career Development Lab for Trans and Nonbinary Filmmakers (Exclusive)

Netflix and the Transgender Film Center (TFC) are teaming up to launch a new fellowship aimed at supporting promising transgender and nonbinary creators The Career Development Lab is a new, 12-week, intensive project through TFC and funded by Netflix’s Fund for Creative Equity. The fellowship, which aims to accelerate the careers of its participants, will […]

Producer Heather Rae Addresses Native Heritage Controversy: “For Several Years I Have Identified as an Ally” (Exclusive)

Among the persistently small number of people in the Indigenous film community who are known in the larger Hollywood ecosystem, Heather Rae has been a mainstay. The independent film producer formerly ran the Sundance Institute’s Native Program (now known as the Indigenous Program); she serves on the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences’ Indigenous […]

How Inevitable Foundation Developed Its “Aggressive” Solution to Pay Disabled Writers Not to Settle for Consulting Jobs

In 2021, shortly after founding Inevitable Foundation, their nonprofit to advocate for disabled screenwriters, Richie Siegel and Marisa Torelli-Pedevska penned a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter explaining the “consultant trap” in which all too many scribes with disabilities find themselves. Rather than hiring them for the writers room, the industry tends to relegate such […]

Guest Column: Trans Visibility Is More Important Than Ever

Growing up in Ecuador, the pop culture I consumed was mainly imported from the U.S. and other Latin American countries. The films and TV shows were often sexist, racist and homophobic. The limited portrayal of LGBTQ+ characters in my culture made it challenging for me to find relatable representation. For survival, I became skilled at […]

Racial and Gender Diversity in Theatrical Film Regresses to 2019 Levels (Study)

The regression from the so-called racial reckoning of 2020 can be seen in representation and inclusion in film as well, according to the latest UCLA Hollywood Diversity Report. For this year’s study, in separating employment data between theatrical and straight-to-streaming features released in 2022, “the gains in diversity for theatrical releases melted away,” researchers found, […]

Amazon Studios Teams With IllumiNative for Episodic Directors Program (Exclusive)

Amazon Studios has partnered with IllumiNative to create the IllumiNative Episodic Directors Program. Over the next year, the inaugural cohort of early- and mid-career Indigenous filmmakers will shadow directors on the upcoming second season of the streamer’s neo-Western series Outer Range, which includes an Indigenous character among its main cast. The participants will be paid […]

Macro Launches Multicultural Marketing Executive Pipeline Program With General Motors

Diverse content and products only go so far without the multicultural expertise to market them. As such, Macro has teamed with General Motors for a new five-month program designed to diversify the pipeline of executives in marketing, branding, public relations and communications. “It is a thrill and an honor to work with GM in creating […]

Paul Feig, Marlee Matlin, Ramy Youssef, Lauren Ridloff and More Support Call to Hire Fewer Consultants, More Disabled Creatives Offscreen

Marlee Matlin, Ramy Youssef, Lauren Ridloff, Ryan O’Connell and Ali Stroker are among the Hollywood names supporting the Inevitable Foundation’s open letter calling on the industry to shift away from relying on disability consultants and instead hire creatives with disabilities on film and TV projects. A total of 35 deaf, disabled and allied writers, actors, […]

Film Independent Announces Inaugural Filmmakers for Imaginar Producers Residency (Exclusive)

Film Independent has unveiled the three filmmakers who will participate in its inaugural Imaginar Producers Residency, first announced in November. “The Imaginar Producers Residency is an innovative and holistic program that provides Latinx producers tailored support with the goal to help achieve long-term sustainability,” Film Independent director of artist development Angela C. Lee said in […]

Ludacris’ Media Company Inks Licensing Deals to Boost Black-Owned Businesses

When Karma’s World launched two years ago, series creator Chris “Ludacris” Bridges told The Hollywood Reporter he hoped the Netflix animated series would help build the confidence of the current generation of children. The show, which also features Bridges voicing the title character’s father, premiered its fourth season in September and centers on a talented […]

Ming-Na Wen, Tati Gabrielle Among CAPE’s Inaugural Radiance Honorees

Actresses Ming-Na Wen and Tati Gabrielle, along with Partner Track showrunner Georgia Lee and Everything Everywhere All at Once costume designer Shirley Kurata, are among those being honored by the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment as part of its new Radiance event. Hosted by CAPE, the non-profit that has spent more than 30 years […]

Culture Shift: Putting the Asian Achievements at the 2023 Oscars in Perspective

Culture Shift is THR‘s new newsletter dedicated to exploring and examining the current frontiers of inclusion in the media and entertainment industry. Each bimonthly edition will give subscribers the first look at stories centering the experiences of people from historically excluded backgrounds, as well as a compendium of other inclusion-themed coverage you might have missed. Expect a […]