It’s been a busy year for Hsiung, who oversees the production companies that create live-action series, animated series and movies for the brands that kids and families around the world know and love. Hsiung was instrumental in developing a number of successful productions for Disney, including “Zombies 2” on Disney Channel, which is the #1 cable movie with Kids 6-11. She also oversaw the debut of Disney+’s original series “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” which earned widespread critical acclaim. Diversity is important to Hsiung on and off the camera. “Embracing diversity in our industry is not enough. How can we take care of each other and improve our world?” she asks.
The conversation about racial injustice in 2020 has been… long overdue. We need to commit to equality and justice from the top down.
What are some of the tough conversations this industry needs to have?
Embracing diversity in our industry is not enough. How can we take care of each other and improve our world?
How have you been a champion of diversity & inclusion in your professional life?
I sponsor IMPACT, Disney’s Asian-Pacific Islander employee resource group. I lead Disney’s The Women’s Connection, an affinity group. I am on the board of Girls Inc: Los Angeles which serves at-risk girls.
Which current shows (on linear and streaming) best embrace diversity?
“Kim’s Convenience” is about a Korean family and the multi-cultural community around them. The family is steeped in heavy issues influenced by cultural and generation gaps. The characters are comedic, yet relatable.