We creatives don't like to think of ourselves in those terms. We have a love/hate relationship with personal branding and ourselves as product (if the audience doesn't want what I have, well screw 'em).
This week, the Writers Guild of America West announced a report of the hiring practices of networks and studios in regard to women and minority categories. As always, the progress was akin to the proverbial drop in the bucket.
While much of the hoopla at the Writers Guild Awards was focused on the film nominees as a ramp up to Oscars, the category most associated with the fastest growing medium on earth went largely unnoticed. And Michael Cyril Creighton was crowned king of that world.
Award-Winning screenwriter and playwright Tom Stoppard, who received the Writers Guild of America, West's 2013 Laurel Award for Film, says he doubts that he would ever adapt any of his own theatrical works for the screen.
Hollywood often ignores pleas for more diverse casting and continues to deny the negative impact it has on society as a whole. Seeing more diverse couples on screen makes the subject easier to discuss around the dinner table.
Remember the lawsuit that former SAG president Alan Rosenberg and three other Membership First members (1st VP Anne-Marie Johnson and board members Diane Ladd and Kent McCord) filed against their own union?