Advancing Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Bringing creative content to the screen depends on the passion of creators from a wide array of backgrounds, geographies, skills, and pursuits.
The Motion Picture Association is committed to great storytelling that reflects the viewpoints and experiences of all creators and audiences – which is why we are working hard with our member studios to collectively address diversity, gender parity, authentic cultural representation, and pipeline recruitment opportunities from underrepresented communities in our industry. By establishing programs that promote a diverse talent pipeline, creating new partnerships, and sharing what we learn, the MPA hopes to lead by example.
Established in 2012, the MPA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion program is led by John Gibson, Vice President, External and Multicultural Affairs.
John works to establish partnerships, promote programs, and highlight initiatives that have an impact on diversity in front of and behind the camera. In addition, he manages the MPA’s partnerships with national civil rights and multicultural groups as part of our outreach to leading third-party organizations.
Since creating the MPA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion program, John has cultivated key partnerships with more than 50 leading organizations, including the American Black Film Festival and Georgia Latino Film Festival, of whose advisory boards he serves on; the Washington Bureau of the National Urban League, serving on its Urban Solutions Council; Hispanic Heritage Foundation; National Association of Latino Independent Producers; and many other groups working tirelessly to promote gender equality and diversity in film and television.
Through his active engagement, speaking with multicultural media outlets and addressing participants at national conferences throughout the country, John has helped increase awareness of the multicultural projects pursued by both the MPA and its member studios.
Learn how our member studios are working to address diversity, equity, and inclusion in our industry:
Outreach and partnership programs
The Motion Picture Association partners with organizations across the country to improve inclusion and representation in the film, television, and streaming industry. Learn more about some of our partnerships below:
Watch important discussions highlighting diversity, equity, and inclusion in film and entertainment:
Entertainment Law & Policy Fellowship
The MPA partnered with the Entertainment Industry College Outreach Program (EICOP) to launch the MPA-EICOP Entertainment Law & Policy Fellowship — the first entertainment-focused law and policy program of its kind to serve outstanding recent graduates from Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), and other Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs).
The Fellowship aims to expand the pipeline and grow opportunities for graduates from diverse backgrounds to enter the entertainment industry.