Variety has been running a series of articles calling attention to the lack of diversity in Hollywood. Articles calling out issues of ageism, sexism, under-representation of people of color and women in an older white male dominated industry. Variety is going a step further, hosting its’ first-ever conference on diversity and inclusion in Hollywood.
“The conference, which is called “Inclusion,” aims to foster dialogue around various aspects of diversity including ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and aging, by engaging senior executives and talent from the creative community.
Academy Award nominee and musician Pharrell Williams and Universal Studios chairman Donna Langley will have keynote conversations with Variety editors at the conference. “Inclusion” will also consist of a series of panels tackling issues ranging from advancing Latino entertainment to LGBTQ rights. PwC’s U.S. Board Chairman Brian Cullinan will moderate a fireside chat with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
“There is no issue in Hollywood today more important and relevant than diversity and inclusion. It is Variety’s privilege and responsibility to lead an industry-wide dialogue and bring the decision makers of our community together to promote solutions to counter the lack of minority talent in film and television. This is an issue that transcends the entertainment business, and we are excited to play a role in the broader conversation,” said Michelle Sobrino-Stearns, group publisher of Variety.”
Should make for an interesting forum to have a much needed dialogue. With the Academy inviting a record 683 new class members this year, with 46% female and 41% being people of color being, things are already moving in the right direction.