February 4, 2019
Mindy Kaling’s new buzzworthy diversity feature, LATE NIGHT, has kick-started a number of socially conscious conversations and dialogues … as well as ignited a 24-hour bidding war.
These conversations are about race, about gender, about the workplace, and about our current entertainment culture.
The film is also notable in that two women of color, Kaling and director Nisha Ganatra, are the writer and director respectively. Ganatra has worked directing indie films and TV shows for the past two decades and has only now, thanks to LATE NIGHT, reached major success and name recognition.
According to Variety, “Amazon just closed a $13 million deal for the comedy which centers on Emma Thompson as an old-school comic turned late night icon who is shamed into hiring more women and minorities onto her staff.”
In the film, Thompson’s character hires Kaling as her first-ever female writer.
While LATE NIGHT tackles lack of diversity centered around late night talk shows and comedy, there is also extreme lack of diversity in another area:
U.S. Newsrooms and the Print and Electronic Media.
This past year, the Women’s Media Center (WMC) released an extensive study, “The Status of Women of Color in the U.S. News Media 2018.”
The study concluded:
- Women of color represent just 7.95 percent of U.S. print
- 6 percent of local TV news staff
- 2 percent of local radio staff
The results of the study, and their disappointing numbers, sent shockwaves through the industry but have not yet sparked significant change. At least not yet.
The press release promoting the report kicked-off with a very revealing
quote and conclusion:
“It seems like there is a cap on people of color in newsrooms.”
Indeed it does.
And that needs to change.
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