Equity & Inclusion Report
WarnerMedia believes in the power of stories
WarnerMedia brands remain one of the industry leaders in inclusive storytelling and award-winning content. The results for our 2020-2021 Equity & Inclusion report highlight our continued commitment to amplifying the voices of global storytellers behind and in front of the camera, reflecting the audiences we serve around the world.
Our inclusion report takes a deep dive into our commitment to advance equity and inclusion we serve across our enterprise. We seek to move away from “random acts of diversity” to build systems and processes that last. We have increased our investment and put into place an infrastructure that allows us to align our equity and inclusion and corporate social responsibility efforts towards a comprehensive strategy that address all aspects of diversity including a focus on workforce, content, programs, community, and suppliers.
We don't believe in random acts of diversity
2020-2021 Equity and Inclusion Report
The Power of Stories as shared by (in order of appearance):
- MyKhanh Shelton, SVP Equity & Inclusion, Workforce & Production
- Asif Sadiq, SVP Equity & Inclusion International
- Diana Theobald, Senior Manager, Equity & Inclusion Content
- Christy Haubegger, EVP Communications & Chief Inclusion Officer
- Samata Narrra, SVP Equity & Inclusion, Content
- Pam Lifford, President, WarnerMedia Global Brands and Experiences
- Dennis Williams, SVP Corporate Social Responsibility
- Karen Horne, SVP Equity & Inclusion, Pipeline Programs
- James Anderson, Head of Corporate Communications & Marketing
If you want to win once, you set a goal, if you want to keep winning, you create a system.
“The stories we tell and the ways we tell them shape culture, break down barriers, inform aspirations, and more importantly, inspire hope and change. Storytelling is a privilege and a responsibility, and that’s why it is so critical that all people have the opportunity to share their perspectives, talents and visions.
At WarnerMedia, we aim to ensure that we are inclusive in every aspect of our company – from our workforce to our content, from our pipeline programs to the work we do within communities. While we’re proud of the progress we’re making and we’re excited for what’s to come, we know that there’s more work to do.”
EVP, Chief Enterprise Inclusion Officer
We're 30,000 changemakers around the world
At WarnerMedia, we believe that diversity is achieved by building an equitable and inclusive workplace. Our Equity + Inclusion team is committed to building equal opportunity for all employees and external partners and creating a culture where all members of our workforce and productions can fully participate and bring their authentic selves to work.
Equity and inclusion are fundamental to who we are and how we win. By integrating those two elements into all aspects of the organization and the content we create, we’ll be best-in-class at engaging the world and help shape a more just and equitable society.
See how we're doing
Global gender split
“While we recognize that gender is not binary, in 2020 our gender information was captured this way. We are currently reframing how we capture gender, adding options for people to select nonbinary, not listed or choose to not disclose.”
- Christy Haubegger
U.S. Ethnicity & Race Split
We have a racially diverse workforce, and we’re placing a sharper lens on growing diversity at all levels. We’re also refining how we capture our race/ethnicity information. In 2020, “other” includes people who have chosen to not disclose their race/ethnicity as well as races such as Native American, Native Alaskan, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander and Two or More Races.
Data as of 12.31.2020. Figures here may not sum to 100% due to rounding.
To support our people in 2020, we started by listening to what they needed. Across the world, we hosted opportunities for specific feedback and clumsy conversations. What we heard shaped the tools we created for change.
Like the HR Intensive on Race working sessions to help our HR teams have productive discussions about race. Like Path to Equity, where entire business units are offered shared frameworks and language to create understanding. Like Equity Mindset for Creative Leaders, a program where writers, directors and showrunners are given the tools to help them run the safest, most inclusive sets.
Workforce Data Overview
The System We're Creating: Path To Equity, EMCL
Everyone has a story
We believe that everyone should see themselves in the stories we tell.
Challenging a century of limited access to Hollywood and the entertainment industry isn’t something you address once. It requires ongoing, diligent action.
If we want to super-serve more audiences with the world’s most compelling storytelling, if we want to attract the best talent, if we want to demonstrate how much we respect our creators, audiences and our employees — then real inclusion is essential.
Chair and CEO WarnerMedia Studios and Networks Group
We're Showing Progress
Across our brands, the diversity of our 2020 storytellers on-screen and behind the camera shows overall improvement. Here's how we compare to 2019.
WarnerMedia Scripted Shows
28%, up 5% over 2019 | 29% people of color, up 6%
Warner Bros. Films
28%, up 5% over 2019 | 29% people of color, up 6%
We have so much more to do.
We support our brands and storytellers throughout the creative decision-making process by building innovative systems to remove barriers and create connections. This is done by creating scalable systems in service of our talent and content across the enterprise.
HBO Max, our recently launched streaming platform, is bringing more of our content to more people, now in the U.S., Caribbean and Latin America, but soon the world. HBO Max is full of the films and TV series you’d expect, but it’s also home to new and original stories that our teams love.
Key Content Highlights
HBO Max: More Drama, More Laughs, More Max
Bring It On: Three of Our Biggest Action Titles Led By Women
DC Entertainment: Opportunities On Infinite Earths
Book to Stage to Screen: Ta-Nehisi Coates' "Between The World And Me"
Warner Bros. Television's "Warrior" and "Kung Fu"
"In The Heights": Dreams Are Bigger When They're Cinematic
Meet Costume Designer, Maya Mani
Meet Head of CNN'S Race & Equality Unit, Delano Massey
Cartoon Network's "Craig Of The Creek"
We're investing in future talent
The Equity & Inclusion Programs team is to design and implement a best-in-class global Talent Pipeline Strategy that will attract, recruit, empower and retain the most innovative and diverse Talent - both above and below the line - strengthening WarnerMedia’s status as one of the industry leaders in diversity & inclusion.
In 2020, the E&I Programs team developed a strategic framework and brand to reflect this work – WarnerMedia Access. The WarnerMedia Access brand represents the suite of talent pipeline efforts that are in service of all brands across the enterprise. These initiatives include the expansion of existing programs such as the HBO Access programs as well as the creation of new initiatives.
We understand the value of access by creating opportunity in the entertainment industry for writers, directors, production crews, scripted showrunners, unscripted showrunners, animators and virtual production assistants.
WarnerMedia One Fifty
We're standing up for what we believe in
In 2020, we committed to advancing social impact by pledging dollars for change, supporting creators, sharing our platform and resources with our partners to shape narratives, and getting involved in our local communities to champion civic responsibilities by volunteering and making financial contributions.
Commitment To Social Justice
For us, Equity + Inclusion = Diversity. We’re working to create the systems that provide fairness and environments that are welcoming, to enable more diversity.
Full 2020-2021 Equity And Inclusion Report
WarnerMedia Equity and Inclusion Report: Communities
WarnerMedia Equity and Inclusion Report: Content
WarnerMedia Equity and Inclusion Report: Programs
WarnerMedia Equity and Inclusion Report: Workforce
The Report One-Sheet