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February 05, 2016

'Glee' Creator's Foundation Tackles Diversity Behind Camera

Ryan Murphy, the television executive behind hits such as Glee and American Horror Story, is launching a foundation with a goal of filling 50 percent of directorial slots on his shows with women and racial and sexual minorities, The Hollywood Reporter writes. The new organization, Half, will be based within Mr. Murphy's production company at 20th Century Fox TV and will begin its outreach on college campuses to align budding directors with mentors.

Mr. Murphy aims to have women, people of color, and members of the LGBT community directing half of the episodes of his current series — Scream Queens, American Crime Story, and American Horror Story — by the end of this year. He said Half was inspired in part by an emotional speech given by a female publicist at a Hollywood event on women in entertainment urging greater inclusiveness in the industry. "I personally can do better," he said.