It’s been a promising week for diversity on TV. While ABC was premiering new shows like Black-ish and How to Get Away with Murder, the new media world saw the launch of Issa Rae’s ColorCreativeTV and the Amazon Original Series Transparent. Hopefully these new ventures will launch even more stories about folks that look a little less like the Friends cast (which also got a lot of love this week on the 20th Anniversary of its premiere).
More Good Reads for the week of September 22, 2014
The Age of the Streaming TV Auteur (via Adam Sternbergh for Vulture)
How today’s hit slew of streaming shows mirror the indie film boom of the ’90s.
How Sony Pictures Classics Survived the Indie Film Biz (via Ramin Setoodeh for Variety)
Speaking of the indie film boom of the ’90s, take a look at one of the last-shingles-standing.
Awkward Black Girl’s Next Misadventure: Her Own Studio (via Jai Tiggett for Indiewire)
An inside look at Issa Rae’s Color Creative.
Racking Focus: Indie Filmmakers Need More Screens (via Zachary Wigon for Tribeca Films)
Why IFP’s new movie theater is a good thing for filmmakers.
12 Things I Learned at Werner Herzog’s Rogue Film School (via Marie-Françoise Theodore for Indiewire)
This was bound to be more memorable than a semester at Tisch.
What’s Behind the Rise of Transgender TV (via Natalie Jarvey for The Hollywood Reporter)
In the wake of Transparent and Orange is the New Black MTV, HBO, and AOL add trans-themed programming to their schedules.
It’s Still the Era of White Television (via Kellie Carter Jackson for The Atlantic)
Before we start celebrating that TV’s diversity problems are solved, there’s still a lot of work to be done.
How to Address the Gender Divide in Filmmaking (via Sarah Salovaara for Filmmaker Magazine)
Ditto for gender equality.
How ’bout you? Read anything good this week?
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