WarnerMedia is a long-term supporter of the Walter Kaitz Foundation and a partner in advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the media and entertainment industries. This month, WarnerMedia released The Power of Stories, the company’s findings from its 2020/21 Equity and Inclusion (E&I) report, which illustrates how its systems-based strategy is striving to amplify underrepresented voices around the globe.
“If you want to win once, you set a goal, If you want to keep winning, you create a system.” —Christy Haubegger, EVP, Communications and Chief Inclusion Officer. To that end, the report highlights equity and inclusion across four areas at WarnerMedia: Workforce (including workforce composition and business resource groups for employees), Content (including scripted TV, films, news, and animation), Programs (including creative development and pipeline programs) and Community (including industry and local outreach partnerships and initiatives). Using personal stories and accounts it provides insight into how WarnerMedia navigated significant moments in 2020-2021.
The report is a look into WarnerMedia’s global portfolio of content and Brands (including Cartoon Network, CNN, DC, HBO, HBO Max, TNT and Warner Bros. Television and Pictures), overall deals, business resource groups, employee experiences, social impact efforts, and pipeline programs. WarnerMedia brands remain one of the industry leaders in inclusive storytelling and award-winning content and this report reflects the continued commitment to amplifying the voices of global storytellers behind and in front of the camera, reflecting the audiences served around the world.
James Anderson, Head of Corporate Communications & Marketing at Warner Media and WKF Hollywood Creative Forum Advisory Board Member said, “Our work helps people around the world see themselves. So the questions I’m asking are:
These are all good questions that need attention and dedicated efforts from all involved. In 2020 the world changed and WarnerMedia has doubled down on its investments and put into place an infrastructure that aligns the company’s efforts and goals, striving toward an even more equitable and inclusive workplace.
The Walter Kaitz Foundation agrees that we still have work to do and it’s more important than ever to raise awareness and drive change around creating a more inclusive industry.
WarnerMedia is a leading media and entertainment company that creates and distributes premium and popular content from a diverse array of talented storytellers and journalists to global audiences through its consumer brands, including HBO, HBO Now, HBO Max, Warner Bros., TNT, TBS, truTV, CNN, DC Entertainment, New Line, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Turner Classic Movies and others. Warner Media is part of AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T).