Amazon Studios is among the companies pledging to do more to close the racial inequity gap across industries following last year’s protests against racism and police brutality. The studio introduced a new inclusion policy with the goal of improving ethnic, racial, and gender diversity on screen and hiring decisions within the company.
According to the Los Angeles Times ‘Amazon Studios said for films or series with three or more people in above-the-line roles, it aims for at least 30% of positions to be filled by women and people from underrepresented ethnic or racial groups. The studio said it plans to increase this to 50% by 2024’.
In addition to seeing more diversity on-screen, Amazon Studios aims to hire actors who identify with the character they are portraying as well representing characters with disabilities, LGBTQ, and other minorities who are rarely seen.
“We know how much work there is to be done to improve representation both on-camera and behind the scenes, and it starts at home, with us,” said Jennifer Salke, the head of Amazon Studios, in a statement. “With clear directives and a commitment to accountability, these guides provide a path toward a more equitable future, both on- and off-camera.”
"Underground Railroad" image courtesy of Amazon Studios.