Hollywood Caucus for Producers, Writers and Directors Receives Another Request to Speak Out Against Discrimination

Today in Variety:

There’s more fallout from Ben Shapiro’s book, “Primetime Propaganda”: Producer-writer Greg Strangis is asking the steering committee of the Caucus for Producers, Writers and Directors to make “an unambiguous public statement denouncing discrimination, particularly political discrimination, in the television industry.”

The Caucus’s leadership next meets on June 28.

Longtime Caucus members Lionel Chetwynd and Norman Powell resigned earlier this month after Shapiro posted some of the interviews he did for his book on the Web in which Hollywood creative figures appear to confirm a liberal bias in entertainment programming.

Strangis sent an email to Caucus leaders on Monday in which he also asked that they “call upon all networks, studios and industry leaders to join us in encouraging the presentation of diverse points of view, including unpopular political points of view, both in hiring practices and in entertainment programming.”

Other creators like Marta Kauffman and George Schlatter have challenged the book’s premise, particularly in a business ruled by ratings and advertising.

Full text of Strangis’ statement is here.

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