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SXSW 2020

Media Diversity: The Revolution is Streaming Now

Over the past several years, there has been a call for intentionally inclusive storytelling and diversity both in front of and behind the camera. Film and television are portals to new perspectives around issues, identities, and communities; and those who manage the portals, drive the narrative. As communities of color in the United States face increasing mischaracterizations and attacks in mainstream media, it is now more apparent than ever that the narrative must be reframed and reclaimed. This panel will critique the power of Hollywood and entertainment media to change hearts, minds, and policy—we will discuss how the effort to tell authentic stories from diverse communities is progressing, what work needs to be done, and what we hope to see in the coming years.

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  1. How has media, including news, digital, and entertainment, framed the narrative around communities of color in the United States?
  2. As diverse communities make up an increasingly larger portion of the US consumer & voter base, how have diverse stories and creators gained traction?
  3. When issues facing communities of color are highlighted in film & television, how can it shape public policy in a constructive and positive way?



Estuardo Rodriguez, The Raben Group

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Film & TV Industry
  • Level: Beginner
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