Hollywood’s $10B Problem: Increasing Black Representation


Wednesday, June 2, 2021, 7:00pm to 8:00pm



People from BIPOC communities face a myriad of challenges in the entertainment industry, both in front of the camera and behind the scenes. From on-screen talent and actors to production crews, publicity teams, talent management, writing and film criticism, marginalized groups often remain underrepresented in all aspects of an industry that has major influence on American culture. A recent report released by McKinsey & Company confirms that, despite evidence that shows addressing these racial inequities could reap an additional $10 billion in annual revenue, efforts by the industry to create parity continue to be inadequate.

Join alums Sheldon Lyn (HBS ’07) co-author and partner in McKinsey & Company’s Southern California office and Dom Furlong (HBS ’20) key collaborator of McKinsey’s Black Representation in Film and TV: The Challenges and Impact of Increasing Diversity, where they will discuss the results of the report findings, critical industry pain points and steps to take toward industry-wide changes meant to increase representation and provide space for a new and diverse generation of creatives.

Joining the discussion is Franklin Leonard, a film and television producer, cultural commentator, and entrepreneur.