Univision-owned cable channel and digital net Fusion has founded a Creative Board set to help identify and build a pipeline of diverse talent representing America today.
Forming the board – announced during the channel’s Upfront presentation in New York on Tuesday (May 16) – will be a cross-section of marquee talent, from actors and filmmakers to academics and musicians, that will work to identify the next generation of creators and talent for the network.
“To start addressing the challenges the media industry faces when it comes to the diversity gap, we need to bring together people who are champions of genuine change. People who, in terms of diversity and access to the media, are committed to transforming what is, and are inspired by what could be,” said scholar and Emmy-awarded filmmaker Henry Louis Gate, who will chair the board, in a statement.
Collectively, the founding members have been recognized with seven Academy Awards, five Emmys and 25 Grammy Awards, among other prestigious honors. They include Academy Award-winning documentary director Ezra Edelman (pictured); Oscar winning actors Viola Davis, Jodie Foster and Meryl Streep; and Nobel Peace Summit Award winning rapper Residente.
The board will further aid in Fusion’s central mission to provide resources and a platform to creators who span a variety of ethnicities, races, sexual orientations, genders and religions in order to tell “authentic stories that represent the shared values and passions of America’s diverse youth.”
“The group who will lead our Creative Board understands the need for greater diversity in media, often from firsthand experience, and are passionate about doing something about it,” added Fusion president Daniel Eilemberg. “We look forward to collaborating with them to ensure that the stories we tell on our network and platforms resonate with our audience because they are representative of who they are as individuals.”