Janine Jones-Clark has been named Senior Vice President of Universal Filmed Entertainment’s newly established Global Talent Development and Inclusion Department, as an initiative to strengthen the studio’s diversity efforts. This is the latest move by a major studio to address concerns about inclusion in the entertainment industry.
Jones-Clark most recently served as Executive Director for Creative Talent Development and Inclusion at Disney ABC Television Group, and previously worked as an executive at Slamdance Film Festival/Orley Adelson Productions, The WB Television Network, NBC, and Fox.
“As our business becomes increasingly global, building on Universal’s legacy as a studio that is committed to telling stories and creating art that reflects the vast diversity of our audiences is top priority. Janine comes to Universal with a strong track record and deep understanding of how to develop effective initiatives for identifying and cultivating diverse talent. We are deeply pleased to welcome her to our leadership team and with this appointment, look forward to escalating our progress in these areas.” – Donna Langley, Universal Pictures Chairman
In her new role, Jones-Clark will oversee, develop and expand existing critical partnerships including Universal’s Emerging Writers Fellowship, Sundance FilmTwo and AFI Directing Workshop for Women; she will also partner with Universal Filmed Entertainment Group’s talent and diversity organizations on further strengthening employee development, recruitment and inclusion practices.
Congrats to Janine Jones-Clark!