Grey’s Anatomy executive producer, Zoanne Clack has been nominated to be a member of the WGA West’s (WGAW) board of directors alongside In Living Color executive producer Keenen Ivory Wayans, and Everybody Hates Chris creator Ali LeRoi, and more. A total of 14 candidates have been nominated to run for eight open seats on the WGAW’s Board of Directors.
Currently there are five women on the guild’s 16-member board of directors, one African American, one Hispanic, and one Asian of Indian descent.
If you have been following any form of news over the past few months, I am certain that you are well aware of the ongoing discussion surrounding the lack of inclusion within the walls of Hollywood. Earlier this year, The Writers Guild of America (WGA) released its annual Hollywood writers diversity report titled Renaissance in Reverse where they collected data from 2009-2014. This study shed a light on how deep the “epidemic of invisibility” runs within the Hollywood landscape for women and minority writers.
According to the report, female writers only account for 26% of all writers employed in 2014, African-Americans 4%, Latinos 3%, Asian-Americans 2.6% and Native Americans 0.2%. Compared with the U.S. population, female writers are underrepresented by a factor of 2-to-1, African-Americans by 6-1, Latinos by 9-1, Asian-Americans by 4-1 and Native Americans by 12-1.
This new study proves that the situation pertaining to female writers and writers of color has gotten worse over time; however, it is evident that the WGAW seems to be taking necessary action to ignite change within the system.
Zoanne Clack has worked on three medical dramas including Presidio Med, ER, and Grey’s Anatomy. She attended med school at UT Southwestern, and completed her residency in Emergency Medicine at Emory University. Clack also has a Masters of Public Health in Behavioral Sciences and spent a year working with the Center for Disease Control in international emergency medicine. While she was there, she helped develop an emergency medicine program in response to the bombing of the American Embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and played a part in expanding emergency medicine to the Pacific island of Palau. In addition to serving as executive producer of Grey’s Anatomy, Clack is also in development on an untitled project, from Shondaland that revolves around a U.S. Army Medevac (medical evacuation) team whose job it is to save lives while risking their own. Clack will executive produce this project alongside Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers.
Others nominated for the WGAW board of directors include Go, Diego! Go! head writer Ligiah Villalobos, and Rob The Mob executive producer Jonathan Fernandez, who is running for re-election, CBS News writer Courtney Ellinger, and Satisfaction co-executive producer Marjorie David, who is running for re-election.