CBS Actuality Present Casts will likely be not less than 50 % various beginning subsequent season, Community Vows
CBS doesn’t play games when it comes to diversifying the cast of the reality staples Survivor, Amazing Race, and Big Brother.
The network announced Monday that starting with the 2021-22 television season, at least 50 percent of its non-written series will be Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC). At least that’s the goal. CBS also plans to dedicate at least a quarter of its annual reality development budget to projects created or co-designed by BIPOC producers.
The move comes after CBS weathered a string of racial controversies over its reality shows over the past few years (a summary of those scandals can be found here).
“The reality television genre is one area that is particularly underrepresented and needs to be more inclusive in terms of development, casting, production and all stages of storytelling,” said George Cheeks, President and Chief Executive Officer of CBS, in a statement. “As we strive to improve on all of these creative aspects, the commitments announced today are an important first step in attracting new voices for content creation and further expanding the diversity in our non-written programming and network.”
Over the summer, CBS announced similar initiatives in the field of scripts.