3 Women Of Color wins major contract for film and television this week: LAist


From left to right: Ava DuVernay, Viola Davis and Domee Shi. (Photo by: Kevin Winter / Getty Images, Mike Coppola / Getty Images for NBC and Roy Rochlin / Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)

In an industry plagued by problems of inclusion (read: an industry that has prevented women and people of color from being held by leading jobs for decades), this week has gone to # 39, now offered deserved breaks to three creators of film and television.

Monday, the news broke Amazon Studios has signed an exclusive first contract with Viola Davis production company, JuVee Productions. The same day brought word Domee Shi, the first woman to make an Oscar-nominated short film (Bao, 2018) is on the right track to make his first feature film for Pixar. And the next day, Deadline reported Ava DuVernay has signed a $ 100 million global deal with Warner Bros. Television Group.

This comes after a year that has shown no change in diversity behind the camera, according to Annenberg Inclusivity Initiative. Researchers from the University of Southern California think-tank reported in July that among the most profitable films in 2017, only 7.3% of filmmakers, 10.1% of screenwriters and 18.2% of filmmakers producers were women.

The sector's record for people of color was even worse: only 5.5% of directors were black or African-American last year, and only one among this group was women.

DuVernay and JuVee Productions have published statements about collaborations via Twitter.

Maybe things start to change.

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