Los Angeles, CA – October 12, 2022 – Warner Bros. Discovery (Nasdaq: WBD) today announced that its Writers Workshop and Directors Workshop, which previously resided with Warner Bros. Television, will now be housed within the company’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion unit, in partnership with WBTV, upon the completion of the current 2022–23 WBTV Writers Workshop class. The DEI team, which recently announced its new leadership structure under Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer Asif Sadiq, will grow the Workshop programs through its existing Pipeline Programs division led by Warner Bros. Discovery DEI Vice President Grace Moss and overseen by recently elevated Warner Bros. Discovery DEI US Lead Karen Horne.
The rebranded Warner Bros. Discovery Writers and Directors Workshop will build on the successful program initiated by WBTV and expand it across the entire WBD content portfolio. WBTV will continue to be an important partner for the Workshop, with the Pipeline Programs team collaborating with the studio to ensure the widest access possible for the participating cohorts. Importantly, while the original workshops were not developed with a unique diversity lens, they will now operate with a specific DEI focus.
“By continuing this successful WBTV initiative through the DEI division, we ensure that Warner Bros. Discovery’s continued commitment to training and development continues. Additionally, this is a strong example of how DEI plans to leverage our recently announced Creative Council to best align with our internal partners in maintaining our commitment to infuse our pipeline with diverse storytellers,” remarked Asif Sadiq, Warner Bros. Discovery CDEIO. “As we solidify the agenda and scope of the Council, we are excited to be able to expand this important initiative alongside our other efforts providing opportunities for underrepresented creatives.”
“Including the Writers and Directors Workshop within the scope of our current DEI pipeline programs, which include development opportunities for music supervisors, comedic voices and showrunners among others, will allow for a broader and more intense DEI focus and yield an even larger pool of cohorts to benefit from the experience and exposure we provide,” added Karen Horne. “We are encouraged by this chance to house this long-standing WBTV effort to impact the industry with emerging talent within the DEI team.”
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