Over the past five years, diversity in entertainment has evolved to include more opportunities for minority and women characters.  From the success of Wonder Woman, to the upcoming Black Panther film, Hollywood is slowly buying into the idea that a film can be successful with a majority non white male cast.  Last month’s CAA Summit saw both Ava DuVernay and J.J. Abrams promote diversity further explaining the need to grant opportunities to people of all race and gender.

DuVernay, the director of the TV series Queen Sugar explained how she convinced Disney to back her vision on the $100 million budget A Wrinkle in Time.  Due to her familiarity with the leadership, DuVernay pointed out that she “was able to walk in there like a white man does, explaining that she did not have to sell herself but instead focus on the project.”  With comments like that, it is clear that there is indeed a new day in Hollywood.

Abrams, the director of the rebooted Star Trek franchise and the Star Wars The Force Awakens, has been promoting diversity in entertainment for years.  For Abrams, the change in on and behind the screen talent is here, and to expand the audience of films and tv series, taking that into account will help build successful projects.

Ava DuVernay, J.J. Abrams Champion Diversity in Hollywood at CAA Summit