Senior leads the network’s non-scripted development team, overseeing hits like “Ink Master” and “Bar Rescue,” as well as the Peabody award-winning “TIME: The Kalief Browder Story” and “Gone: The Forgotten Women of Ohio.” Senior is currently leading the development of the documentary series “Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story.” Regarding diversity and inclusion, Senior says, “It is clear that the industry still has a long way to go.”
A February 2018 UCLA study revealed that of the 45 new scripted shows approved for 2017-18 across broadcast, cable and digital platforms, only four were from creators of color, all of whom were black. What is your reaction to this report?
It is clear that the industry still has a long way to go.
In what areas should the industry step up its efforts with regard to diversity and inclusion?
All areas. I think we need to look less at the idea of diversity in specific roles and be more collectively focused on equality across the entire industry.
What’s your best advice to someone just entering the video content/distribution industry?
The people you are entering the industry with you will more than likely know for most of your career. Try and surround yourself with positive people early on. It will pay off in the long run