Welcome to the WGAW Diversity department.
|Leo Chu (l-r) and Eric Garcia (Supah Ninjas)
||Rachel Axler (l-r),Beth Armogida, Beth Einhorn, Larry Wilmore, Molly McNearney, Beth Sherman, Nell Scovell
||Dennis Leoni (Los Americans)
The WGAW's Diversity department works with producers, studio and network executives, and writers to increase employment opportunities and the availability of writing assignments for writers who are Asian/Pacific Islander, American Indian, African-American, Latino, women, over 40, gay, lesbian, or disabled.
The department works with industry personnel to develop access and talent development programs and also hosts events, panels, and seminars to promote a more positive image of historically underemployed writers, to increase the industry's awareness of the unique obstacles often faced by these writers, and to encourage positive change in hiring practices.
Read more about the Diversity department here. (pdf)
WGAW DIVERSITY PROGRAMS FOR MEMBERS
TV Writer Access Project
A program for mid-level diverse television writers.
Feature Writer Access Project
A program for minority feature writers.
Writers Training Program
A self-placement initiative available to Non-WGA members.
WGAW DIVERSITY COMMITTEES
The Diversity department staffs the following eight committees:
American Indian Writers Committee
Asian-American Writers Committee
Committee of Black Writers
Career Longevity Committee
Latino Writers Committee
LGBT Writers Committee
Women Writers Committee
Writers With Disabilities Committee
INDUSTRY DIVERSITY WRITING PROGRAMS, CONFERENCES AND FESTIVALS
This list is provided for informational purposes only. A program's inclusion does not, in and of itself, indicate endorsement by the Guild. The Guild counsels its members to analyze carefully the details of each program and not to participate in programs that require payment. Guild staff is available to review individual programs.
SEE THE INDUSTRY DIVERSITY WRITING PROGRAMS, CONFERENCES AND FESTIVALS LIST
HOLLYWOOD WRITERS REPORT
Commissioned by the WGAW, the Hollywood Writers Report provides an update on the progress of women, minority, and older writers on the employment and earnings fronts in both film and television.
READ THE HOLLYWOOD WRITERS REPORT
WGAW FREELANCE COMPLIANCE
The department is responsible for administering the freelance compliance requirement of the Guild’s contract, which offers new writers an opportunity to be introduced to television writing. This provision makes it practical to employ new writers from diverse backgrounds.
Have a question? Read these Frequently Asked Questions about WGAW Diversity.
Director of Diversity: Tery Lopez
Coordinator: Mai Tran-Lanza
Assistant:Diversity Main Line: (323) 782-4589