Netflix Releases First Inclusion Report: Women in 50% of Leadership Roles

As Media Play News‘ annual “Women in Home Entertainment” issue will tell you, Netflix has long been a promoter of female executives in the workplace.

The SVOD pioneer Jan. 13 released its first-ever inclusion report indicating women make up half of its workforce (47.1%), including at the leadership level: directors and above (47.8%), vice presidents (43.7%) and senior leadership (47.6%).

Nearly half of the U.S. workforce (46.4%) and leadership (42%, director level and above) are made up of people from one or more underrepresented racial and/or ethnic backgrounds, including Black, Latinx or Hispanic, Indigenous, Middle Eastern, Asian and Pacific Islander backgrounds.

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The number of Black employees in the U.S. doubled in the last three years to 8% of our workforce and 9% of our leadership (director level and above).

The data is based as of October 2020 on about 8,000 full-time streaming employees. Netflix has been releasing quarterly diversity information and statistics on its job site since 2013.

But when the SVOD behemoth in 2017 first looked in the mirror regarding diversity, it wasn’t a pretty picture, according to Vernā Myers, who was hired VP of Inclusion Strategy to right the ship.

“We weren’t as great as we thought we were, or aspired to be,” Myers wrote in the report. “And over these last two years, our inclusion team has been building a foundation, sowing the seeds for inclusion to take root within the company.”

Myers said the Netflix still has work to do recruiting Hispanic or Latinx and other underrepresented folks into all areas of the company, particularly leadership. In addition, Myers said Netflix is working on improving inclusion within the company’s foreign offices.

“We’ve started by adding Cassi Mecchi to the inclusion team to lead this work for our Europe, Middle East and Africa teams,” Myers said. “We will add team members in the Asia Pacific and Latin America regions in 2021.”

WarnerMedia Creating Diversity/Inclusion Executive Position

WarnerMedia is set to create a new executive position focusing on diversity and inclusion issues. While no one has yet been hired to become the former Time Warner company’s first chief diversity and inclusion officer, the move was reportedly outlined in a March 20 staff memo from CEO John Stankey.

“During the Global Town Hall meeting [last September], I was asked about the lack of women and diversity on stage,” wrote Stankey. “I understand how important this is. In order for WarnerMedia to be the best company we can be, we have to include diverse voices at every level of our business. And while we already have some of the most talented women and diverse executives in the industry, we have more work to do.”

The chief diversity and inclusion officer will report directly to Stankey.

John Stankey

The new executive position follows restructuring among WarnerMedia, that has seen bosses at Warner Bros., HBO and Turner depart — including the former’s CEO Kevin Tsujihara exit March 18 following a story in The Hollywood Reporter about his affair with actress Charlotte Kirk.

Warner Bros. is now headed by an interim management team consisting of Toby Emmerich, Warner Bros. Motion Picture Group chairman, Peter Roth, Warner Bros. Television Group president and CCO; and CFO Kim Williams.

“There is no silver bullet to get us to where we need to be, but the leaders across our company are committed to working together to make the changes necessary as we build on our foundation towards greater progress,” Stankey wrote. “I believe that our new structure will enable us to do even more to achieve these objectives.”