In August, RAD, the CBS Multicultural Employee Resource Group, together with Film Lab hosted a panel discussion on Mirror Mirror a for television dramedy pilot Film Lab is producing which challenges gender stereotypes in the bro-dominated Silicon Valley culture. The Panelists, Emmy award winning writer, Sheryl L. Davis, multi-time Emmy nominated editor and director, Jason Wong and Film Lab President, Jennifer Betit Yen, discussed the pilot and then presented employees with a unique opportunity to be a part of the project. Show runner, line producer, staff writer, costume designer and actor were among the many opportunities offered. Employees responded with great excitement and enthusiasm and to date, several employees have already been involved in the production. Said Barbara Matos, VP Diversity and Inclusion, CBS Corporation and RAD Co-Chair. The moment Film Lab approached me with the idea I knew it was something we had to do. The response to date confirms it!
Barbara Matos; Jenifer Betit Yen, Jason Wong and Sheryl L. Davis
Following the success of the Film Lab discussion, in late August, RAD together with Odin Productions, lead by Jose Esquea, hosted a Table Read of “Floe’s Thoughts – An American Music Story” written by Troy Edmonds and Directed by Jose Esquea. Actors read the script and the audience, which was made up of external creatives and RAD members, sat for the read and then provided feedback. What resulted was a terrific evening of dynamic, relevant conversation. RAD will absolutely host more of these.
And, ever aware of the Community we serve, leading up to and during the table read, RAD collected school supplies and book bags for “A Pack on the Back Drive” which benefits the LES United Festival who serves low income, elementary to HS children on the Lower East side.