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Op-Ed: How Artificial Intelligence Could Impact Diversity In TV Writers' Rooms

Editorial Note: Opinions are the writer’s own and not those of AfroTech. Artificial intelligence (AI) has quickly and deeply infiltrated our daily lives — beyond simply getting the weather from smart speakers to now taking orders at local drive-thru restaurants. AI has become a part of our day-to-day routines at a speed many of us could not have predicted. Now that the Writer’s Guild of America (WGA) strike is well underway, along with several concerning headlines emerging about how generative AI adoption has outpaced our ethics around it, there should also be concern about how AI will continue to disrupt our media landscape — and representation in particular. Indeed, enacting parameters around the use of AI is part of the WGA strike demands, including regulating the use of AI technology to prevent AI from being used as source material, or to write/ rewrite literary material, among other tasks the technology could complete instead of actual writers. As Misa Makwakwa Masokameng...

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