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.
"Warner Bros. is a great partner in visibility and belonging to all genres + of different cultures, which is our mission at Forward Movement.We could not be happier to call Warner Bros. TV my production house." Thank you for the love and the light, the people. Really appreciated. xo, A. pic.twitter.com/5ndgbJd3qL
– Ava DuVernay (@ava) November 27, 2018
Maybe things start to change.
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