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The Parity Project advocates for fair economic and narrative inclusion and equity of black artists, executives and representatives in television and film.
The foundation of equality is adequate representation. We believe that if Black Americans represent 13.4% of the US population, then at a minimum, 13.4% of Black people should be represented on screen and behind the camera.
We are fighting to ensure that all black entertainment professionals, including writers, directors, actors, cinematographers, editors, executives, producers and representatives, reach parity in the market that's on par with our population in the United States through: career mentorship, collaboration, accountability, networking, equal and fair representation, training and education.
Our organization started as a data-driven collective of black Writers Guild of America union members who aimed to have our fair share of the entertainment industry. We found that from 2012-2017 Black writers made up 5.5% of the WGA. Over those 5 years, these writers only made 3.6%, or $203M, of the $5.6B in revenue from writing services. If black writers had adequate inclusion and equity at 13.4%, then they would have made $749M of the revenue. We became committed to fighting for our right to work by creating opportunities for black people ourselves. Our assumption is that if this is the reality for black writers, who are often the creators and producers, then the inequity and exclusion must be ubiquitous across the industry.
We connect rising black professionals with experienced ones to sustain and shape careers.
Are you watching a show with little to no black people involved? Did you see a movie about black people but the studio or production company never bothered to interview or hire black people behind the screen? We aim to make studios, production companies and showrunners accountable.
We collect and analyze data to advocate for equality. Every single person in entertainment needs to understand the statistics so we eliminate racism, sexism and the other 'isms in Hollywood.
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