Sunday, November 17, 2019

El Rey Network’s Robert Rodriguez to form Diversity Council

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Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, known for such commercial hits as Spy Kids, Predators, and Sin City, announced that his English-language cable network aimed at second- and third-generation Latinos, El Rey, will launch a diversity council to create content and recruit talent more representative of America’s changing demographics. The announcement comes on the heels of other networks forming similar groups to spearhead an industry-wide diversity overhaul within its ranks.

“It has been my personal commitment from the beginning for El Rey Network to not only set very high standards for the kind of quality entertainment we provide our viewers, but also to set industry standards and high benchmarks for diversity both in front of and behind the camera,” Rodriguez said.

With groups including the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, the League of United Latino American Citizens (LULAC) and MANA: A National Latino Organization already on board, the diversity council seeks to create a comprehensive system to ensure diversity in the industry, though the exact activities remain unknown to the public. They will hold the inaugural meeting later this month in Austin, Texas.

“As a creator of content, I feel an obligation to our community to advocate for inclusivity,” Rodriguez added. “This group will creatively approach issues, build a community of like minds and big ideas, advocate for change and work diligently to have our voices heard.”

Variety