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Warner Bros. Celebrates Diverse Storytelling at the American Black Film Festival

Changing the Narrative  / Posted on July 3, 2019

At Warner Bros., we are committed to diversity and inclusion by supporting diverse talent in front of and behind the camera, telling representative stories and being an employer of professionals from all backgrounds. Last month, as part of our expanded presence at the American Black Film Festival (ABFF), we activated across multiple business units, including human resources, film, television and our corporate responsibility platform WB Good.

ABFF’s opening night featured a red-carpet screening of New Line Cinema’s action comedy Shaft. The film was written by Kenya Barris and Alex Barnow, directed by Tim Story and stars three generations of John Shaft: Samuel L. Jackson, Jessie T. Usher and Richard Roundtree, along with Regina Hall.

The following afternoon, our Talent Acquisition team highlighted career opportunities for festival attendees. Festival participants were invited to stop by the Studio’s table to view content, better understand Warner Bros.’ work culture and discuss current or future professional aspirations.

As part of Friday’s activations, festival attendees had the opportunity to learn from the talented team behind Warner Bros. Television’s top shows at its Business of Entertainment Seminar, “See Yourself in the Work We Do.” Conceived by WBTV in collaboration with WB Good, this panel included some of the biggest names in television production: Kevin Fortson (EVP, Production, Warner Horizon Television), Nafessa Williams (actor, Black Lightning), Kofi Siriboe (actor, Queen Sugar), Marvin “KRONDON” Jones III (actor, Black Lightning), Dee Harris-Lawrence (showrunner, David Makes Man) and Odetta Watkins (SVP, Current Programming, Warner Bros. Television). Additionally, the discussion highlighted WB Access to Action, which has placed production assistants on each of the productions represented on the panel.

At our core, we are a company committed to hiring, promoting, supporting and providing access to diverse talent across all parts of our business – corporate and creative.
Dee Dee Myers, EVP, Worldwide Corporate Communications & Public Affairs, Warner Bros.

“ABFF’s annual event is an important platform for showcasing diverse and incredibly talented individuals, both in front of and behind the camera,” said Dee Dee Myers, EVP, Worldwide Corporate Communications & Public Affairs, Warner Bros. “At our core, we are a company committed to hiring, promoting, supporting and providing access to diverse talent across all parts of our business – corporate and creative.”

To learn more about how we’ve made an impact through initiatives that create access and opportunities in our industry, visit our Changing the Narrative page.

  • Shaft director Tim Story poses with excited fans on the ABFF opening night red carpet.
  • Talent from Shaft came out in full force to support the opening night event.
  • A packed house listens in at our “See Yourself in the Work We Do” panel.
  • Our “See Yourself in the Work We Do” panelists: Kofi Siriboe (actor, Queen Sugar), Odetta Watkins (SVP, Current Programming, WBTV), Kevin Fortson (EVP, Production, Warner Horizon Television), Nafessa Williams (actor, Black Lightning), Dee Harris-Lawrence (showrunner, David Makes Man), and Marvin “KRONDON” Jones III (actor, Black Lightning).