Ava DuVernay launches ARRAY Crew personnel database to promote diversity among crew members

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Ava DuVernay, left, and Jharrel Jerome appear on the set of “When They See Us.” [Netflix photo]

Oscar-nominated producer and director Ava DuVernay (“13th,” “Selma”) has launched ARRAY Crew, a personnel database for Hollywood’s below-the-line crew members with a special focus on amplification of women, people of color and other underrepresented film and television professionals.

Created by DuVernay and led by an all-women executive team, ARRAY Crew lives as a web-based platform with more than 3,000 qualified below-the-line crew members, according to a news release. People who are 18 and older with at least one production credit can create a profile in the database at www.arraycrew.com.

Among the crew members in the database are production designers, lighting directors, grips, sound technicians, costume designers, production accountants, hairstylists, VFX designers, foley artists, choreographers, scenic painters, animal trainers, food stylists and more, Variety reports.

“We’ve ideated, incubated and executed the idea of ARRAY Crew over two years with one mission in mind: to help productions hire qualified crew candidates too often underrepresented, overlooked and unknown. Our goal is simply to amplify more professionals in an effort to build inclusive film and television crews,” DuVernay said, per Variety. “The overwhelming support of the studios and streamers has bolstered our belief that our industry can become a more balanced place to work for more kinds and cultures of people, resulting in stronger and more dynamic content for viewers and moviegoers.”

ARRAY Crew’s inaugural founding partner is WarnerMedia, and former Chairman of Warner Bros. Television Peter Roth is spearheading its commitment to inclusive hiring.

DuVernay and Roth have recruited major studios and production companies for support, and backers include Amazon Studios, Apple TV+, FOX Entertainment, NBCUniversal, Netflix, Paramount Studios, Sony Pictures Entertainment, ViacomCBS and Walt Disney Studios. Allied production companies include A24, Bad Robot, John Wells Productions and Shondaland.

More than 70 productions fare currently using the database, according to Variety.

“This is the time. We’re in the gap. And so our goal is to provide this tool so, ‘No, no, no, don’t, no, you’re not going back, we’re not gonna let you … keep moving,’” DuVernay said, per Variety.



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