The Writers Guild of America, East today released a video to support legislation in the New York State Senate and Assembly that would modify the Empire State Film Production Credit to include writers and directors that are women or people of color.
The video features Beau Willimon (“House of Cards”), Alison McDonald (“Roots”), and Tracey Scott Wilson (“The Americans”) speaking on equality, along with writers from “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah” and “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.” They are all supporting the bill, which aims to promote diversity in the TV industry in New York City.
“The time to take effective action to diversify television is now,” said Lowell Peterson, Executive Director of the Writers Guild of America, East, in an official statement. “This legislation would provide an incentive to hire women and people of color to write and direct television, offering new opportunities for people to build careers. More diverse storytellers would mean more diverse stories and casts, and would reflect the diversity of modern audiences. We are enthusiastic about this legislation and the support it has in the entertainment unions and the industry in general.”
Watch the video above.