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Glen Mazzara

from Fast Company’s CO.CREATE (with shout-out to Laura Terry)

“Damien” Creator Glen Mazzara On The Fight To Bring True Diversity To TV

For 14 years, veteran producer Glen Mazzara has been working to help solve TV’s diversity problem. Here are some of his solutions.

by SUSAN KARLIN

Onscreen, TV producer Glen Mazzara shines a light on our darker natures. Offscreen, he’s trying to improve them.

Mazzara, creator of A&E’s Damien, inspired by the 1976 horror film The Omen, and former showrunner of The Walking Dead, is among the leading advocates to increase diversity among TV writing staffs, crews, and casts.

In 2002, Mazzara began speaking to minority and young writers on how to break into the system. Since 2012, he has co-chaired the Writers Guild of America, West’s Diversity Advisory Group with Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes. Their mission: to educate the WGA, studios, networks, agencies, and showrunners about diversity problems and develop methods to fix them.

Mazzara’s efforts have become especially pertinent, when accusations of Hollywood racism, sexism, and age discrimination have crescendoed, from the #OscarsSoWhite campaign decrying the absence of African American actor nominees, to disclosures of gender pay disparity, to “whitewashing” roles by casting white actors to play non-white characters. The 2016 WGAW Hollywood Writers Reportrevealed a mixture of glacial progress, stagnation and reversals in women, minority, and older writer employment and earnings.

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Posted on May 3, 2016 by Editor

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