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Ava DuVernay’s Narrative Change Collective ARRAY Alliance Has Launched ARRAY Crew

by Talia M.
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The narrative change non-profit organization ARRAY Alliance has launched ARRAY Crew, a personnel database for Hollywood’s below-the-line (BTL) crew members with a special focus on the amplification of women, people of color and other underrepresented film and television professionals. Created by filmmaker Ava DuVernay and led by an all-women executive team, ARRAY Crew lives as a web-based platform with more than 3,000 qualified BTL members.

ARRAY Crew’s inaugural founding partner is WarnerMedia, with its commitment to inclusive hiring spearheaded by former Chairman of Warner Bros. Television Peter Roth. In addition, ARRAY Crew is supported by every major studio and streaming service, including the following partners: Amazon Studios, Apple TV+, FOX Entertainment, NBCUniversal, Netflix, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, ViacomCBS and Walt Disney Studios. Allied production companies include A24, Bad Robot, John Wells Productions and Shondaland. More than 70 productions from these partners are currently utilizing the database.

Production partners have access to search and view profiles for diverse BTL talent, enabling hiring managers and line producers to find thousands of candidates across 500+ job titles in over 45 departments on a per project basis. Searchable titles include grips, lighting directors, production designers, costume designers, sound technicians, production accountants, hairstylists, VFX designers, foley artists, ADR mixers, animal trainers, food stylists, choreographers, scenic painters, toolmen, fabric buyers, stitchers, ADR editors, graphic designers and SFX makeup, to name a few.

Film and television professionals who are at least 18-years of age with a minimum of one verifiable production credit can create searchable profiles including images, videos, industry credits and work links at no cost to the crew member at any time. ARRAY Crew currently features U.S. based profiles and productions across seven cities including Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, New Orleans, Miami, Washington, DC and Chicago, with plans to expand to select international markets no later than 2022.

“We’ve ideated, incubated and executed the idea of ARRAY Crew over two years with one mission in mind: to help productions hire qualified crew candidates too often underrepresented, overlooked and unknown. Our goal is simply to amplify more professionals in an effort to build inclusive film and television crews,” shared DuVernay.

“The overwhelming support of the studios and streamers has bolstered our belief that our industry can become a more balanced place to work for more kinds and cultures of people, resulting in stronger and more dynamic content for viewers and moviegoers.”

The all-women leadership team of ARRAY Crew includes ARRAY President Tilane Jones, ARRAY Alliance Executive Director Regina Miller, ARRAY Alliance’s Director of Education and Understanding Tammy Garnes and ARRAY’s Chief Technology Officer Dee Tuck.


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