Ava DuVernay Launches Recruitment Tool to Improve Diversity of Hollywood Crews

Producer and director Ava DuVernay, whose credits include "When They See Us",  “Selma” and the TV series “Queen Sugar,” is spearheading an alliance with major studios, streaming platforms, and top producers aimed at increasing diversity among crew members on film and television sets.

Array Crew, which launches Thursday, has created a personnel database that seeks to connect productions with underrepresented crew members. Part of Ms. DuVernay’s nonprofit organization Array Alliance, its backers include AT&T Inc.’s WarnerMedia, Netflix Inc., Walt Disney Co., Amazon Studios as well as prolific producers J.J. Abrams and John Wells.

The database will initially have résumés of more than 3,000 experienced “below-the-line” workers—a category that includes lighting directors, production and costume designers, sound technicians and grips, which are the people who set up lighting equipment.