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WarnerMedia, which includes Warner Bros. HBO and Turner set to implement a Diversity and Inclusion Policy which will include the hiring of minorities on productions, including off and on camera.
The policy is unveiled the same time the production of Michael B. Jordan’s new legal drama “Just Mercy” will begin. Michael B. will also serve as an executive producer of the film.
It’s no secret that many influential actors and actresses alike have been vocal about the lack of diversity in the film industry. According to Variety, it appears that Michael B. Jordan has been a voice in this new policy that WarnerMedia is implementing.
Read WarnerMedia’s full statement:
WarnerMedia companies, Warner Bros., HBO and Turner, have long been committed to diversity and inclusion as moral and business imperatives. It is essential that our content and creative partners reflect the diversity of our society and the world around us. Together with other production companies, networks, guilds, unions, talent agencies and others in the industry, we all must ensure there is greater inclusion of women, people of color, the LGBTQ+ community, those with disabilities and other underrepresented groups in greater numbers both in front of and behind the camera.
For our part, WarnerMedia pledges to use our best efforts to ensure that diverse actors and crew members are considered for film, television and other projects, and to work with directors and producers who also seek to promote greater diversity and inclusion in our industry. To that end, in the early stages of the production process, we will engage with our writers, producers and directors to create a plan for implementing this commitment to diversity and inclusion on our projects, with the goal of providing opportunities for individuals from under-represented groups at all levels. And, we will issue an annual report on our progress.