Latino Groups to Protest Lack of Diversity at Paramount Studios

October 17, 2018 - 8:30 am

(KNX 1070) --Two activist groups will be on the sidewalk demanding more Latino actors in Paramount movies this afternoon.

The head of the National Hispanic Media Coalition, Alex Nogales, tells KNX that the studio has the worst record in Hollywood on employing Latinos in front of and behind the camera.

Paramount says it is making progress on diversity pointing to upcoming films including Dora The Explorer and Instant Family in which a white couple adopt Latino children.

  One of the groups involved says Paramount has the worst record among the studios. 

National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) and National Latino Media Council expect some 100 protestors. 

According to research done by NHMC, out of the top 100 grossing films of both 2016 and 2017, Paramount Pictures produced 20 films. Of the 20 films, there were only seven Latino actors, one Latino director, and no Latino writers.

A Paramount statement says they welcome the opportunity to build and strengthen relationships with the Latin creative community. 

The protest is planned for Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. in front of Paramount’s main gate.

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