A+E Networks, Warner Bros. Discovery, Banijay Americas and Amazon Studios have all signed up to be part of Coded For Inclusion, an initiative launched in May of last year by production jobs platform Staff Me Up in order to provide more opportunities for underrepresented groups across the film and TV industry.
The initiative, buoyed by the support of such organizations as Michael B. Jordan’s Outlier Society Fellowship, AMC Networks and Endeavor Content, uses the racial and social justice equity expertise of organizations such as employment database Hue You Know and Color Of Change to ensure that studios and production houses have a direct pipeline to candidates from underrepresented communities. The hiring platform provides transparency about available job opportunities in an aim to steer production leadership away from hiring predominantly from within their own networks.
Those behind the initiative say the additional partnerships with A+E Networks, Amazon Studios, Banijay Americas and Warner Bros. Discovery will support further expansion into scripted production.
“We’re thrilled to welcome A+E Networks, Amazon Studios, Banijay Americas, and Warner Bros. Discovery on board,” said Daniel Rosenberg, vice president of business development and strategic alliances for Staff Me Up, in a statement. “It is our goal with these partnerships to increase the visibility of job opportunities in the industry while providing productions an easily adaptable infrastructure to diversify their talent pools and break down the barriers of entry into Hollywood.”
Staff Me Up currently has more than 380,000 crew profiles listed on its hiring platform, including over 100,000 people from historically underrepresented communities.