Despite the fact that President Obama, Spike Lee, Jada Pinkett-Smith, and the cast of SNL, and the Screen Actors Guild have all pretty much agreed that Hollywood has a glaring problem with promoting diversity, there are still a number of white people in the industry more than ready to disagree.
Ryan Murphy would like you to know that he is not one of those white people.
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Murphy announced his plans to launch a new initiative designed to bring people of color, women, and LGBT people into the fold on in a big way.
Half, the foundation that Murphy created with 20th Century Fox Television chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman, is committed to a number of concrete goals meant to course correct for the many barriers to entry keeping minorities out of key roles television production.
"Ryan has always been a leader, whether he was creating new models of storytelling, or setting new standards of inclusion when it came to his characters and casts," Walden said of Murphy and his plan. "Rather than pay lip service to what we all agree is an important goal for this industry — creating equal opportunity for women and minorities behind the camera — he's actually committing the resources of his company and setting clear targets to help make a real difference."
Murphy says that half of the directors for each of his shows currently airing on Fox and FX will be queer, people of color, or women after Half is put into action, but the foundation will also look to pull in minorities in other, entry level positions. Half will also seek out production talent from universities around the country in an effort to give young people a foot in the door to the insular professional world of Hollywood that they might not have access to otherwise.
“The industry has always been about, you come to us,” Murphy said. “There’s not a lot of effort and inclusion, and I’m saying, ‘No, we’re going to go to you.'"