I would like to personally invite you to an informational hearing I am hosting on Friday, February 24, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on “The Secondary Impact of California's Film and Television Tax Credit Program on Diversity?” This hearing will take place at the Auditorium of the Ronald Reagan State Building, 300 S. Spring Street, Los Angeles, California, 90013.
This hearing is the start of a critical conversation that is intended to push the needle to understand the economic impact of the Film and Television Tax Credit Program in California, but also just as importantly, in diverse communities.
Between a volatile funding environment and shrinking exhibition window, ethnically diverse directors and their teams are dealing with more variables and obstacles than ever. A 2017 USC Annenberg study found that across 1,000 films released from 2007-16, only three were directed by female African Americans. UCLA’s Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies has, since 2014, studied diversity in Hollywood and recently concluded “… industry is woefully out of touch with America’s increasing diversity, despite increasing evidence that diversity is good for business.”
This informational hearing will explore whether state support for the film and television industry ensures access, equality, and inclusion for all in the film industry in the years to come. Joined by a list of esteemed entertainment industry experts, this hearing will share perspectives on the economic benefits associated with current diversity efforts, and the relationship of the Film and Television Tax Credit Program to advancing this issue.