Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

What Goes into Successful Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives in Entertainment?: Lessons from Advocates of Creative Talent
by Sands, Lindsey , M.S., Pepperdine University, 2020, 84; 28030843
Abstract (Summary)

Entertainment offers a powerful medium in reducing bias and prejudice. Therefore, its critical role in shaping bias through on-screen representation needs to be explored through people who work directly with writers, directors, and actors. This qualitative study aimed to determine the impact of diversity and inclusion approaches by interviewing 14 advocates of creative talent in the entertainment industry. The study explored the types of Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) initiatives prevalent in entertainment, the correlation between bias and prejudice reduction, and the perceived impact of these initiatives in improving environments. The study found that six themes emerged: access to relationships, highlighting talent, perceptions of the underrepresented, motivations for engagement, hiring as a metric, and positivity of incremental change. Three conclusions were drawn based on each inquiry area: programs based in support and contact, mixed signals in program effectiveness, and a promising path when disregarding speed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lacey, Miram
Commitee: Egan, Terri
School: Pepperdine University
Department: Organizational Development
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 82/2(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Organizational behavior, Multicultural Education, Cultural Resources Management
Keywords: Bias, Diversity, Entertainment, Inclusion, Initiatives, Prejudice
Publication Number: 28030843
ISBN: 9798662552296
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