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First-of-its-kind NY bill to give incentives for diverse hiring in TV productions




(L-R) Actors Constance Wu, Randall Park, Hudson Yang, Forrest Wheeler and Ian Chen speak onstage during the 'Fresh Off the Boat' panel at the 2015 Winter Television Critics Association press tour.
(L-R) Actors Constance Wu, Randall Park, Hudson Yang, Forrest Wheeler and Ian Chen speak onstage during the 'Fresh Off the Boat' panel at the 2015 Winter Television Critics Association press tour.
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A legislative proposal in New York that would give financial incentives to TV productions that hire women and people of color who reside in the state as writers and directors.

The bill would set aside $5 million in the $420 million that New York provides in tax credits to attract TV and film productions to the state.

The bill was first introduced in 2013. The bill has already passed Assembly, and the New York Senate is voting on it today. If signed into law, it would be the first film state tax credit with a diversity carve-out.  

Guests:

Gillian Thomas, senior staff attorney with ACLU Women’s rights project, which supports the New York bill. She is also the author of the new book, “Because of Sex” (St. Martin’s Press, 2016)

Kevin Klowden, executive director of the Milken Institute’s California Center and  managing economist at the Institute. One of his foci is film and television tax incentives.

Darnell M. Hunt,  director of the UCLA Bunche Center for African American Studies, which puts out the annual “Hollywood Diversity Report," and chair of the Sociology Department at UCLA