Diversity in New York's Film and TV Industry

New York State is taking a prominent role in building diversity in the film and television industry, led by the Governor’s Office of Motion Picture and Television Development (MPTV). A Multicultural Creativity Summit, held earlier this month, is the latest in a series of events and initiatives held in New York City over the past several months, working with industry leaders and studio executives to promote inclusion of diverse voices in the entertainment industry. Highlights of the events are recapped below:

The New York State Multicultural Creativity Summit
The Governor’s Office of Motion Picture and Television Development (MPTV) co-hosted the New York State Multicultural Creativity Summit earlier this month, encouraging content creators from all backgrounds to participate in the booming film and television industry. The Summit, hosted in partnership with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), in collaboration with Urbanworld, promoted New York State’s talent and helped to expand pathways for aspiring filmmakers, writers and producers. The day-long interactive workshop, held at the HBO Theater, featured panel discussions that provided a roadmap for diverse content creators to navigate the film and television industry, followed by a networking session with representatives from  21st Century Fox, CBS Corporation, HBO, Paramount Pictures, Viacom, Disney, Warner Bros., and NBCUniversal. Participants also had the opportunity to work with Empire State Development’s marketing team, on the heels of the state’s new integrated marketing campaign promoting New York’s equal rights destinations.

Supplier Diversity Showcase
An inaugural Supplier Diversity Showcase, held in February at the Time Warner Center, has encouraged greater participation from minority and women-owned businesses and vendors in the film and television industry.The showcase was collaboratively sponsored by Time Warner, NBCUniversal, the CBS Corp., Sony, Viacom-Paramount Pictures and the Walt Disney Co, in partnership with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), the Producer’s Guild of America (PGA), and the New York State Governor’s Office of Motion Picture & Television Development (MPTV). The event aimed to broaden the connection between the major film and television studios and the diverse supplier/vendor community; it also created a digital directory of exhibitors for distribution to all event attendees.

Pitch NY
A Pitch NY workshop at NBCUniversal’s Rockefeller Plaza studios brought together 31 aspiring student filmmakers, producers and writers from across New York with film industry leaders for advice, networking and resource-sharing. The November event, announced by the Governor and hosted by NBCUniversal and the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, aimed to advance the careers of fledgling filmmakers and promote diverse voices in the entertainment industry. Panel discussions and “speed dating” style networking allowed participants to pitch and network with the industry representatives from Universal TV, Viacom, Lionsgate, Sony, CBS, Warner Bros, Fox, Marvel, NBCUniversal, Vimeo, Vice Media, FX and HBO, as well as independent producers and writers and producers of hit series.

HBO Diversity Roundtable
The Governor’s Office of Motion Picture and Television Development (MPTV) joined HBO last October to lead  a discussion of best practices for increasing diversity in the film and television production industry at HBO’s headquarters in New York City. A range of nonprofit, corporate and government representatives also participated in the event, sharing ideas and program successes that have increased diversity across productions.