Virtual See Jane Salon – Behind the Scenes: The State of Equity and Inclusion in TV Writing



Tuesday, May 4, 2021
12:00pm PT | 3:00pm ET

Go behind the scenes with The Geena Davis Institute and TTIE (Think Tank for Inclusion & Equity). Join us as we analyze the 2020 survey data from TV writers.

The survey found that 37.9% of writers who witnessed problematic content in their most recent writers room, many of those who pushed back on problematic content or storylines were negatively impacted.

This year’s Behind the Scenes Report attempts to further understand the barriers that underrepresented writers continue to face, address how the pandemic has affected TV writers’ careers in the last year, and dive deeper into the process of creating more authentic and inclusive content.

We’ll talk to a panel of experts and provide substantive recommendations to industry leaders as well as tools for underrepresented writers to be successful in their TV writing careers.


Steven Canals

Award-winning Co-Creator, Executive Producer, Director and Writer of FX’s groundbreaking drama series, POSE.

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LaToya Morgan

Writer for Shameless, Parenthood, The Walking Dead, and other hit shows. Co-Creator and Executive Producer of the upcoming HBO Max series, Duster.

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Melinda Hsu Taylor

Showrunner/Executive Producer of Nancy Drew on the CW. She worked on Lost, The Vampire Diaries, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Medium, and other hit shows.

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Y. Shireen Razack

Co-Executive Producer on NBC’s New Amsterdam. Writer for Undercovers, The Secret Circle, Rizzoli & Isles, Shadowhunters, and other hit shows. Co-Founder and Co-Chair of Think Tank for Inclusion & Equity.

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Tawal Panyacosit Jr.

Co-Creator/Co-Executive Producer of Life After First Failure. Co-Founder of Think Tank for Inclusion & Equity.

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Geena Davis

Founder & Chair
Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media

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Madeline Di Nonno

President & CEO
Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media

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Romeo Pérez

Senior Project Manager, Research & Insights,
Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media

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