CAA is doing its part to help ameliorate Hollywood’s diversity problem by hosting a comedy writers’ boot camp at its Century City offices on Saturday.
The day-long event hosted 60 aspiring comedy writers and featured several panels with some of the industry’s top TV execs, agents, and showrunners discussing how to break into the TV comedy world.
America Ferrera, Liz Feldman, Mike O’Malley, and Bob Kushell were among the talent who attended the event, along with CAA TV agents Olivia Blaustein, Jonas Brooks, Tony Etz, Ashley Holland, Jacquie Katz, and Brandon Lawrence.
The boot camp is designed to help young writers (not just women and people of color) move more quickly through the writers’ room and rise through the ranks, where they can eventually have more creative control of a show. The goal for the day was not to discuss diversity and inclusion, but rather to do something about it by giving female and/or ethnically diverse comedy writers the access, information, insights, and relationships they need to be successful in television.
Christy Haubegger, who organized and produced the event with Talitha Watkins and Ruben Garcia, said the diverse writers at the event will soon reflect Hollywood at large.
“I hate going to panels that just ‘talk’ about diversity,” Haubegger said. “I actually want to do something about it.”