Black TV and film collective and parity project merge to address systemic racism in Hollywood – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: The Black TV & Film Collective, a non-profit development and production center for artists of black and African descent, has merged with The Parity Project, a data-driven organization with the mission of creating economic and narrative equity for African-American professional writers in the television industry. to address systemic racism in Hollywood.

Together, now known as The Black TV & Film Collective, they will offer production and career support, mentorship and networking to creatives of black and African descent who seek to become creators, producers, directors and writers in television. , movies and digital entertainment. Going forward, both organizations are excited to increase their impact as a merged organization.

“We see serving Los Angeles and New York as just the beginning, and over time we will open hubs in other major cities across the United States and the world,” said BTFC co-founder and board member Hurriyah Muhammad. “We are at the forefront of leveraging digital technologies to train, connect and empower black creatives from around the world with the intent of removing as many barriers as possible that have historically kept us out.”

Added Ron McCants, The Parity Project Co-founder, “” Our future is bright because as black people, when we walk with our brothers and sisters, we can smooth mountains. It’s our great superpower. Together we will do this! “

With this merger comes the announcement of an opening council that includes veteran producer Cassian Elwes, Tanzanian and American writer / director Ekwa Musangi, showrunner / producer Ben Watkins, comedian / activist Aida Rodriguez, gamechanger CEO Effie Brown, illustrator / director / producer Peter Ramsey , Showrunner / Producer / Author / Author Jeff Melvoin and HBOs Insecure Producer Deniese Davis, b.a.

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