Wyatt is the leading force behind the El Rey Network Diversity Council, which contributes to the idea that diversity within the entertainment industry should be the rule, not the exception. She helps spearhead the organization’s efforts to not only promote diversity but also monitor progress and identify changes that help forward the conversation. Count Wyatt among the execs who applaud Shonda Rhimes’ lineup of shows. She adds, “America is beautiful in its diversity.”
What grade do you give the cable industry on diversity and why?
At this point, I give the cable industry a C+. I believe that networks are making an effort but it starts with sitting at the table and listening. At El Rey that is exactly the approach we have taken – one of partnership and collaboration. Equal playing field and opportunity. Eric Van Wagenen, the showrunner of El Rey Network’s “Lucha Underground,” has said “it has been my experience that when we cast purely for talent we typically end up with a very diverse cast.” If the networks would take that approach we would see a very different television landscape.
America is beautiful in its diversity. I am a media executive with a JD/MBA who grew up in Texas. My ethnocentric perspective does not define my contribution – it enhances it, but it just “is” and there is no need to call it out. It is understood and appreciated.
What television show/s – cable or broadcast – best embrace diversity?
Shonda Rhimes has paved the way with excellent television that just happens to also be an example of diversity and inclusion. The name of her company, Shondaland, indicates the point of view that you will be watching from. You are invited to a place where inclusion is the rule. “Grey’s Anatomy” has been a leader since 2005 with half the cast being men or women of color but no one acknowledging it.
My personal election campaign slogan would be…
In Pursuit of Happiness