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Break The Story Volume III: Remaking Television

BREAK THE STORY Volume III: Remaking Television explores the groundbreaking revolutions happening in Hollywood. This issue chronicles how artists, social justice advocates, researchers, and philanthropic leaders are creating a new understanding of who has the power, imagination, and ability to create the stories our society needs. This issue was inspired and informed by the Pop Culture Collaborative’s two years of grantmaking and field-building in television.

Essay, 4 minutes
Bridgit Antoinette Evans & Tracy Van Slyke
March 19, 2019

The Good Place, The Walking Dead and more shows are helping audiences see what it means to connect with, care for and be in community with each other. But, as the authors write, television can have an even higher purpose.

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Article, 4 minutes
Jamilah King
March 19, 2019

Television veteran Sameer Gardezi partnered with social change activist Margari Hill to reimagine how a writers rooms is formed, and who is in it.  The result? A groundbreaking new show about two American Muslim women, characters rarely seen in pop culture.  Gardezi is now expanding the model to more communities.

Scene from Up North

Article, 5 minutes
Erin E. Evans
March 19, 2019

With his independent show Up North, Emil Pinnock is bringing formerly incarcerated people into the writers room, forever changing how their stories can, and should, be told.

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Essay, 9 minutes
Bridgit Antoinette Evans
March 19, 2019

Four years ago, Bridgit Antoinette Evans wondered how artists and activists could organically work together to create riveting television. So she developed a brand new model for a writers room to find out.

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Article, 3 minutes
CultureStrike Team
March 19, 2019

Julio Salgado and Jesús Iñiguez want to disrupt the narrative about undocumented immigrants in pop culture.

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Essay, 3 minutes
Luis B. Castro
March 19, 2019

It’s a constant fight for diverse artists to gain, and sustain power In the entertainment industry. So what do these show creators need to succeed?

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Article, 4 minutes
Jamilah King
March 19, 2019

Color of Change, Harness, Define American, Storyline Partners and more are consulting with writers rooms and networks in order to center the authentic voices of diverse communities.

"Chewing Gum" and "The Crown"

Q & A, 12 minutes
Manuel Betancourt
March 19, 2019

A Q&A with Luminate Group’s Felipe Estefan and Unbound Philanthropy’s Adey Fisseha on what they’re watching, what they’re learning about television and social change, and how philanthropy can intentionally play a role in this expanding field.

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Infographic
Maha Chehlaoui
March 19, 2019

A comprehensive visual detailing the systemic issues facing diverse writers and the ways academics, artists and activists are overcoming them. 

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Article, 5 minutes
Erin E. Evans
March 19, 2019

“Behind the Scenes: The State of Inclusion and Equity in TV Writers Rooms” represents the first time working TV writers are speaking out about the bias, harassment and discrimination they face.

Issa Rae, and partner Deniese Davis, are pioneering new ways for artists of color to enter - and stay in the television industry.

Article, 5 minutes
Maha Chehlaoui
March 19, 2019

From competitions to content accelerators, ColorCreative, BoomGen Studios, Open Television and more, are helping new diverse writers transcend traditional barriers into Hollywood.

Article, 5 minutes
Manuel Betancourt
March 19, 2019

This data will uncover TV  audiences’ beliefs and behaviors in order to create shows with social impact at their core.

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Q&A, 8 minutes
Timothy DuWhite
March 19, 2019

A conversation with fandom and experiential storytelling experts Ivan Askwith, Mikhael Tara Garver and Shawn Taylor.

Greg Propper

Q & A, 4 minutes
Timothy DuWhite
March 19, 2019

Greg Propper previews A Day of Unreasonable Conversation, set to take place March 25 at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, which will bring together artists, organizers and political figures to discuss the issues impacting our lives.

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Article, 5 minutes
Daria Segalini
March 19, 2019

Peruse some of the latest reports, tool kits and guides critical to helping the social justice field and the television industry understand the gaps, opportunities and needs to advance transformative culture change.

Break the Story Volume III:
Remaking Television

Editor: Tracy Van Slyke
Production Manager: Daria Segalini
Visual Design: In-House International
Website Improver & Implementer: Deanna Zandt
Contributors: Manuel Betancourt, Luis B. Castro, Maha Chehlaoui, CultureStrike Team, Timothy DuWhite, Bridgit Antoinette Evans, Erin E. Evans, Jamilah King, Daria Segalini, Tracy Van Slyke

 
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