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Ex-CBS exec calls out network's 'white problem'




The Frame's John Horn and Whitney Davis, former CBS executive.
The Frame's John Horn and Whitney Davis, former CBS executive.
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"TOXIC" WORKPLACE AT CBS PROMPTS EXEC TO PEN OPEN LETTER

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Take a look at the CBS line-up of shows in recent years and one thing is clear- many feature white male leads. Whitney Davis is a former CBS executive who says that that “white problem” at the network doesn’t just refer to on-camera talent. As a director of entertainment diversity and inclusion Davis was in part responsible for bringing more diversity to the network but she recounts in an open letter published in Variety a workplace culture that was anything but inclusive. She's now left CBS and started a new initiative called Inclusion In Hollywood in the wake of her "toxic" experiences at CBS.

Reached for comment, The Frame was emailed the below statement from CBS:

STATEMENT FROM CBS

During her time at CBS, Whitney was a valued team member of the News and Entertainment divisions. She was selected for a management-training program, promoted several times, and was given high-profile assignments.

While we disagree with some statements in Whitney’s story, we take all employee concerns seriously and remain committed to improving the workplace experience for everyone.

CBS leadership has made strengthening our culture a top priority. Over the past several months, we have announced plans to devote considerable resources to critical areas such as ethics, compliance, diversity and inclusion, and human resources, including creating a centralized, employee relations function to respond to workplace issues. Employees are CBS’ most important resource, and providing them with a safe, fair, inclusive and positive work environment is paramount to our continued success.

DAUGHTER OF HOLLYWOOD LEGENDS ON HER PARENTS' MARRIAGE

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Robert Riskin was one of the great screenwriters of the 20th century. His movies, many directed by Frank Capra, included “It Happened one Night” and “Mr. Deeds Goes to Town.” Fay Wray was an actress who starred in "The Wedding March," "The Clairvoyant" and, most famously, the original "King Kong." Riskin and Wray were married for and now their daughter, Victoria Riskin, has just written a memoir about them. She talks with John Horn about despite all of her parents' Hollywood endeavors, they had one memorable collaboration: their marriage.

KEEPING ARMENIAN MUSIC ALIVE

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This week marks the 104th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. By some accounts, the Ottoman government killed as many as one point five million people in the early 20th century. Areni Agbabian’s is an Armenian-American pianist and vocalist who keeps her culture's musical legacy alive in part by integrating it into her debut album. That’s out today on the ECM label. The Frame contributor Betto Arcos has her story.