NBCUniversal has promoted Janine Jones-Clark — previously head of inclusion, talent and content at Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (UFEG) — to EVP of inclusion, talent and content at NBCUniversal Film, Television and Streaming.
Jones-Clark (pictured) will retain oversight of UFEG’s diversity, inclusion and equity strategies, adding NBCU’s entertainment, streaming and television studio teams to her purview.
Her role expands to include diversity efforts for NCBU’s television division, Universal Studio Group — comprised of Universal Television, Universal Cable Productions and NBCUniversal International Studios – and its entertainment and streaming businesses, including Peacock, NBC, USA Network, SYFY, E!, Bravo, Oxygen and Universal Kids.
Jones-Clark will oversee the current television diversity efforts that include NBC and Universal Television’s Talent Infusion Programs, including Female Forward, the Emerging Director Program and Alternative Directors Program, to name a few.
She will continue to report to UFEG Chairman Donna Langley, in addition to Mark Lazarus, chairman of NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, and Pearlena Igbokwe, chairman of Universal Studio Group.
The executive joined UFEG in 2017 to launch Global Talent Development & Inclusion (GTDI), a diversity and inclusion department for the feature film industry.
Over the last three years, Jones-Clark and her team have originated programs and initiatives building upon UFEG’s commitment to telling stories with multi-cultural, global perspectives.
Some of these programs include an inclusive writers program, a directors initiative and an animation writers program for film and television.
Additionally, workforce initiatives at UFEG include pipeline programs with a focus on early career recruiting from underrepresented communities, identifying diverse executives from outside the company for its hiring managers and a dedicated internal leadership development program.
UFEG most recently launched the multi-tiered workforce initiative Universal Voices.
Jones-Clark has developed and expanded several partnerships throughout UFEG and will carry over these sponsorships to encompass the broader portfolio, including the AFI Directing Workshop for Women, Easterseals Disability Film Challenge, Ghetto Film School and the Sundance Institute FilmTwo Fellowship, among others.
Prior to joining NBCU, Jones-Clark worked across television publicity, current programming and development at Fox, NBC and The WB. She later transitioned into diversity at Disney/ABC Television.
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