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Warner Bros. Discovery Says It Will Keep Writers and Directors Workshops Alive, But Evolve to Conglom-Wide DEI Oversight

Warner Bros Discovery Warner Bros. Discovery 's decision to end its long-running and directors training program, which the conglom announced Tuesday as part of a of layoffs and budget cuts at Warner Bros. TV Group , drew a strong rebuke from different parts of the industry, including a stinging statement on Wednesday by the Directors Guild of America. But what Warner Bros. Discovery hadn't followed up to explain — and quickly revealed on Wednesday — is that its Writers Workshop and Directors Workshop will live on (albeit it, in a somewhat different form, details TBD) but now move from Warner Bros. Television and be housed inside the conglom's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion unit. The shift will happen in April, after the current 2022–23 WBTV Writers Workshop class winds down. New chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer Asif Sadiq will take over the workshop programs, which will join existing pipeline programs division led by Warner Bros. Discovery DEI vice president Grace Moss and overseen by Warner Bros. Discovery DEI US lead Karen Horne, who recently took that job. to Warner Bros. Discovery, the new Writers and Directors Workshop “will build on the successful program initiated by WBTV and expand it across the entire WBD content portfolio.” The original workshops did not have a specific DEI focus, but the new program will. “By continuing this successful WBTV initiative through the DEI division, we ensure that Warner Bros. Discovery's continued commitment to training and development continues,” Sadiq said in […]

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