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Annette E Alvarez, founder of New York’s Multi-Ethnic Talent Management

Award-winning filmmaker Rashaad Ernesto Green

In the United States, the historically underrepresented stories and experiences of our ‘diverse communities’– people of colour, seniors, women, people with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals – are often invisible in the very media that have served as the most valuable and far-reaching record of our culture Transgender Committee; Native Americans Committee; Performers with Disabilities Committee; Seniors Committee; and Women’s Committee. Each of these is comprised of member leaders who volunteer their time and energy to advocate for increased inclusion of historically marginalised groups. With the support of the entire union, these committees initiate programming that includes industry experts and decision-makers participating in forums to candidly discuss these topics. As well, we facilitate practical workshops and seminars that give all members the opportunity to learn from, and engage with, each other. These events also provide the chance for members to interact with casting

directors, agents, writers, directors and producers outside the pressure-filled jobseeking process. We do whatever we can to highlight union projects that exemplify the philosophy of inclusion by hosting screenings, and networking and informational gatherings for members and content producers. We gather, analyse and share relevant information on the diversity landscape in media, and examine the data in historical context. You can find all of our research to date on our website. Visit www.sagaftra.org/content/ studies-and-reports The progress we’ve made would not have been possible without similar efforts on the part of individual advocacy and civil-rights

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organisations, other unions and the general public. The future of diversity in entertainment and media is dependent on all of these forces. Our strategy is to work collaboratively where initiatives and interests coincide and to build relationships that foster our initiatives and successes. We seek to continue empowering our membership and increasing our influence with industry professionals by devising creative and supportive ways to deliver our message of a diverse and accurate reflection of the American Scene. Certainly, direct responsibility for increasing the level of diversity rests squarely on the shoulders of writers, producers and other industry executives, who are creating the stories and deciding which ones will be funded. It is, however, also up to each and every one of us to demand more inclusive content by deciding where we will spend our time and our money in this ever-changing entertainment and media landscape. Adam Moore is the national director of Equal Opportunity and Diversity at SAG-AFTRA

Profile for Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance

Equity Magazine Spring 2013  

Official magazine of the Actors Equity section of the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance

Equity Magazine Spring 2013  

Official magazine of the Actors Equity section of the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance

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