Diversity Execs Tout ‘Impactful’ Pipelines for Underrepresented Talent: ‘That’s What Has Longevity’ (Video)

TheGrill 2022: Equity and inclusion officers from Warner Bros. Discovery, Starz, NBCUniversal and more talked about moving past conversations toward action

During TheWrap’s annual business conference, TheGrill, diversity, equity and inclusion executives at major companies like Warner Bros. Discovery, Starz and NBCUniversal, as well as independent companies championing talent from underrepresented backgrounds, emphasized the need to move past conversations of representation to actionable change in Hollywood.

The panel, co-moderated by actress Carla Renata and Rotten Tomatoes awards editor Jacqueline Coley, featured Asif Sadiq, chief DEI officer at Warner Bros. Discovery; Elizabeth Gray Bayne, board member of the Global Institute for Black Girls in Film & Media; Gaby Mena, partner at representation firm M88; Jamila Daniel, Chief Diversity Officer at Lionsgate and senior vice president of human resources at Starz; Janine Jones-Clark, executive vice president of Inclusion — Talent & Content, Global Talent Development & Inclusion of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group at NBCUniversal; Jeanell English, EVP of Impact and Inclusion at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; Lacy Wright, executive director of the nonprofit Hillman Grad Foundation and Olga Segura, co-founder of the Latinx House.