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Highlights from the WarnerMedia 2018 Diversity and Inclusion Interim Report

Awards & Reports  / Posted on September 26, 2019
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In September 2018, WarnerMedia announced a company-wide Production Diversity Policy which included the commitment to report on its diversity and inclusion efforts annually. To uphold the commitment, WarnerMedia today released its first-ever annual report looking at diversity, inclusion and belonging across both its corporate operations and the films, television series and digital content created by its various production businesses. As a subsidiary company of WarnerMedia, Warner Bros. sees this report as an opportunity to reflect on the collaborative work we’ve done in this space and as an opportunity to identify the steps we must take to continue to advance diversity and inclusion efforts in our industry.

Across the WarnerMedia companies, we have a longstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion, and consider these values an important part of our culture and a business priority.
John Stankey, President & Chief Operating Officer, AT&T Inc. and CEO, WarnerMedia.

The report, covering 2018, highlights diversity, inclusion and belonging across three areas at WarnerMedia:  Workforce (including workforce composition, Employee Resource Groups), Content (including scripted TV, films, news, animation) and Community (including industry and local outreach partnerships and programs). Within the community section of the report, WarnerMedia highlighted programs that aim to create opportunities to support and foster new voices in the entertainment industry, including WB Story Lab and WB First Cut. The report also featured various examples of diversity and inclusion in action across WarnerMedia, including spotlights on various employee resource groups (Women of Warner UK), employee-centric content and platforms showcasing D&I activities across the enterprise (Warner Bros.’ “We See You”) and a behind-the-scenes look at the company’s films, TV shows and animated series.

Among the key findings related to workforce and production staffing:

  • WarnerMedia’s global workforce is 54% male and 46% female, and its U.S.                            workforce is 53% male and 47% female
  • Across WarnerMedia’s non-film scripted programming, females represent 34%                  of onscreen roles and 23% of behind-the-camera positions
  • Across WarnerMedia’s non-film scripted programming, People of Color                                  represent 24% of onscreen roles and 23% of behind-the-camera positions
While I’m incredibly proud of what this report shows and our ongoing dedication to transparency, I recognize that we’ve got more work to do at every level. We know diversity, inclusion and belonging are important to our employees, our creative partners, our customers and to our success.
John Stankey, President & Chief Operating Officer, AT&T Inc. and CEO, WarnerMedia

Although this 2018 Interim Report only tracked gender and race, WarnerMedia is developing new processes, tools and formats for gathering more detailed information about the diversity of its workforce and productions, allowing it to better tailor its efforts and outreach. Going forward, this report will be issued annually, looking at data from the previous full calendar year, and will evolve to reflect the changes taking place across WarnerMedia’s businesses. Earlier this year, WarnerMedia hired its first Chief Enterprise Inclusion Officer, Christy Haubegger, and her leadership will be key to expanding and developing initiatives designed to make the company and its content more diverse and inclusive. We look forward to using this report as a steppingstone to deepen our initiatives so that we can provide content that reflects the diversity of our audiences.

View the full WarnerMedia 2018 Diversity and Inclusion Interim Report here. To learn more about how Warner Bros. is creating access and opportunity in our industry, visit our Changing the Narrative page.