EEO & Diversity

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Thu, 10/06/2011 - 17:26

Los Angeles (Oct. 6, 2011) — Actor Marlee Matlin was honored today with the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Harold Russell Award at the 2011 Media Access Awards. The awards, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., aims to raise awareness of people living with disabilities and seeks to have them represented accurately in television and film.

Fri, 09/30/2011 - 16:07

Breaking Bad actor RJ Mitte is representing Screen Actors Guild this weekend at the 2011 Next Up Summit. The event, taking place in Minneapolis from September 29 – October 2, is hosted by the AFL-CIO and brings together young people to discuss organizing, the recent legislative attacks on workers’ rights and the economic crisis, which has had a disproportionate impact on younger workers. 

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 04:07

1% Representation on Network TV Creates Few Employment Opportunities
for Performers With Disabilities; Improvement Seen on Cable Networks

Los Angeles (September 28, 2011) — Coinciding with the start of National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October, a new study shows characters with a disability are virtually non-existent on scripted primetime network television shows, presenting a stark contrast to cable channels, which fare significantly better in this area.

Mon, 06/27/2011 - 15:40

The Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists’ National Diversity Committee has debuted a new video in honor of Canadian Multiculturalism Day, which is observed each year on June 27.

The video, Diversity in the Workplace: Take One, features a crew filming an office scene, when the director interrupts.

“What’s the matter with that one?” asks one of the actors.

“It was, well … bland,” the director replies.

Fri, 06/17/2011 - 08:32

Older performers face significant challenges, including difficulty finding work and qualifying for health care, but a majority remain engaged in the creative community and are happy with the life they have chosen, according to a new study presented in New York on June 9.
The study, Still Kicking — Aging Performing Artists in NYC and LA Metro Areas: Information on Artists IV, was undertaken by the Research Center for Arts and Culture at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Thu, 06/16/2011 - 12:01

As part of its ongoing effort to discover and develop culturally and ethnically diverse talent and actors with disabilities, the Disney ABC Television Group’s Casting Project will hold auditions for consideration for the ABC Talent Showcase in Los Angeles.
Selected participants perform for casting directors, talent agents, managers and other industry professionals who view a series of live, one-act vignettes performed by the actors.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 16:39

We have all seen the Asian stereotypes in film and television: the nerdy student, the submissive lotus blossom, the sinister Fu-Manchu or Dragon Lady type. On May 10, 2011, in honor of Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Screen Actors Guild Affirmative Action & Diversity invited a group of distinguished Asian American entertainment industry professionals to the SAG national headquarters in Los Angeles to discuss how to overcome the stereotypical portrayal of — and lack of portrayals of— Asians in television and film.