Amazon MGM released a report today detailing the progress it has made in supporting increased diversity in front of and behind the camera for its TV series and films. It shows significant growth in representation of women and people of color in creative roles and onscreen gains for women, people of color and LGBTQIA+ talent.
The report (read it here) highlights changes driven by the studio’s Inclusion Policy and Playbook, which launched in summer 2021 to codify Amazon MGM Studios’ existing DEIA practices with the aim of creating content that is more inclusive and representative of U.S. audiences, the company said.
“One of the most important things the data has shown us is the importance of being in business with diverse decision makers,” said Latasha Gillespie, global head of DEIA for Amazon MGM Studios, Prime Video and Freevee. “Representation increases in every area — from onscreen talent to Heads of Department — resulting in more authentic content. We need to continue to invest in creators from underrepresented groups to see long term, systematic change.”
Here are some of the reports key findings, per Amazon:
Representation of all women grew across creative roles (creators, directors, producers, showrunners and writers) for Amazon Originals series and movies from 35% to 43%.
Women of color were a large proportion of that growth, increasing from 8% to 13%.
People of color in top creative roles increased across movies and series from 19% to 24%.
LGBTQIA+ also experienced increased representation across top creative roles, growing from 3% to 5%.
People of color are seeing themselves equitably reflected on-screen in Originals movies and series for main cast (lead, regular/recurring, and supporting) roles at 45% (41.1% US Census).
Women of color make up 23% of total on-screen women representation, up from 20%.
LGBTQIA+ on screen talent in main cast roles increased from 4% to 7% across Originals movies and series.
“The world remains a complicated place, but we all have the opportunity to validate the human experience in the work we do,” Gillespie added. “If we are successful, we will tell inclusive stories that entertain audiences all over the world, while increasing our humanity toward one another.”
Amazon MGM Diversity Report Shows Gains For Persons Of Color, Women & LBQTBIA+ In Its Films & TV Series
December 14, 2023
Amazon MGM released a report today detailing the progress it has made in supporting increased diversity in front of and behind the camera for its TV series and films.
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