Friday an exclusive and closed networks of industry

Friday an exclusive and closed networks of industry

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Friday, November 22, 2019 an exclusive and closed networks of industry professionals, not allowing newcomers to enter. Gatekeeping Networks of exclusion shape access to storytelling work and employment opportunities according to race, gender, and age Writers Guild of Canada study Sociologists William T. Bielby and Denise D. Bielby have studied Hollywood writers since 1982 Canada decided to conduct similar research in order to determine who was in WGC Findings: o Twice as many male writers than women writers o Women are far less likely to get highly influential positions (ex. Showrunners) o Only 4.5% of Canadian screenwriters are visible minorities, whereas 16.2% of Canadians are visible minorities (Canadians are not truly represented in the writer's room o Canada's lack of diversity in writing is very similar to that of the USA. Cultural Industries Canadian government funding to help support and encourage Canadian content o Telefilm o Ontario Creates o Canada Media Fund Canadian companies used to just take already created content and distributed it. Now, they are required to actually create content as well Try to ensure that Canadian culture is represented (Cancon - is the content considered Canadian?) Canadian producers can't make a show or film without some amount of government funding But the WGC doesn't reflect Canada Gatekeeping Canadian develop stories with emphasis on them being cultural products But the distributors and broadcasters want views and box office Gatekeeping is a large issue o Canadian producers seek to appease the funding agencies with cultural products o Often written by Canadian writers who don't represent the diversity of Canadian culture on racial or gender or sexuality lines Canadian content developer's main occupational dynamic is to 2
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