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CBS Promises More Black Representation in Writers' Rooms With New Inclusion Initiative

CBS wants more Black writers at the table. In a broad initiative announced on Monday (July 13), the network detailed its efforts to mandate no less than 40 percent Black, Indigenous, or people of color representation in writers’ rooms by the 2021-2022 season. The Viacom entity also allotted a quarter of its script-development budget for future programming created by BIPOCs. Deadline reports that “at least six new and current shows for this coming fall schedule are expected to hit this 40% mark.” Amid the fight for racial justice and equality, Hollywood reexamined how Black people are represented on and off-screen. According to Television Business International , CBS is the first U.S. broadcast network to make a targeted effort to increase diversity in programming through its initiative. “While steady progress has been made in recent years both in front of and behind the camera, change needs to happen faster, especially with creators and leadership roles on the shows,” said George...

Jul 15, 2020