The WICT Network and the MPA Partner on 2023 Signature Awards Luncheon

Media contact:
Erin Powers
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202-827-4783

For Immediate Release:
12/13/2022

WASHINGTON, DC, (December 13, 2022) — The WICT Network today announced it has formed a strategic partnership with the Motion Picture Association (MPA) in support of The WICT Network’s 2023 Signature Awards Luncheon. The luncheon will take place in Los Angeles at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Tuesday, May 2, marking the first time the event has been held on the West Coast in over a decade. The partnership with the MPA underscores The WICT Network’s dedication to fortifying its new, more inclusive name and brand.

As the leading advocate of the film, television and streaming industry around the world, the MPA’s commitment to diversity, gender parity, authentic cultural representation and creating opportunities for underrepresented communities makes them the perfect partner for The WICT Network, whose mission is to create women leaders in the industry with a specific focus on diversity, equity and inclusion. The luncheon’s new West Coast location will allow greater accessibility to entertainment and technology professionals — a critical and growing sector of The WICT Network.

“We’re thrilled to partner with the MPA, an organization that aligns with our strategic vision for diversity and inclusion,” said Maria E. Brennan, CAE, President & CEO, The WICT Network. “As so many iconic Hollywood institutions celebrate their centennials in 2023, there’s no better time for The WICT Network to lock arms with the MPA and its member companies and shine a spotlight on the individuals and organizations that are making strong inroads toward achieving gender equality in the entertainment industry.”

“It’s an honor for the MPA to partner with The WICT Network on this important gathering to celebrate women leaders in entertainment and the inspiring work they’re doing to achieve gender parity in the industry,” said Gail MacKinnon, Senior Executive Vice President of Global Policy and Government Affairs for the MPA. “The MPA supports The WICT Network’s mission to expand opportunities and authentic representation across the creative community.”

For more information, please visit The WICT Network’s 2023 Signature Awards Luncheon page and stay tuned for additional announcements.

About The WICT Network

The WICT Network is a global organization whose mission is to create women leaders that transform our industry. We do this by providing unparalleled professional development programs, commissioning original gender research, and supporting a B2B network that helps advance women. For more than 40 years, The WICT Network has partnered with media, entertainment and technology companies to help build a more robust pipeline of women leaders. Founded in 1979, and now over 10,000 members and 24 chapters strong, The WICT Network is the largest and oldest professional association serving women in media. Charter Communications, Comcast NBCUniversal and Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution are The WICT Network’s Strategic Touchstone Partners. Please visit www.wict.org or follow @WICTHQ on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter for more information.

About The Motion Picture Association

The Motion Picture Association, Inc. (MPA) serves as the global voice and advocate of the motion picture, home video, and television industries. It works in every corner of the globe to advance the creative industry, protect its members’ content across all screens, defend the creative and artistic freedoms of storytellers, and support innovative distribution models that bring an expansion of viewing choices to audiences around the world. Its member studios are: Netflix Studios, LLC; Paramount Pictures Corporation; Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.; Universal City Studios LLC; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures; and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Charles Rivkin is Chairman and CEO.

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Media contact:
Erin Powers
epowers@wict.org
202-827-4783

WASHINGTON, DC, (December 8, 2022) — The WICT Network is pleased to announce that during Cablefax’s Most Powerful Women Luncheon, Maria E. Brennan, CAE, was named the 2022 recipient of its Women’s Advancement Champion Award, an honor Brennan proudly shares with fellow honoree, Julie Laulis, President & CEO of Cable One.

Cablefax Magazine annually recognizes the industry’s leading women executives for their contributions to their companies and the industry as a whole, while the Women’s Advancement Champion Award is given to individuals who go above and beyond to mentor, sponsor and nurture industry professionals, giving them support to excel in their careers and reach their full potential.

“I am in awe of the achievements of the Most Powerful Women honorees and humbled to be included among them,” said Maria E. Brennan. “I’m particularly pleased and grateful to receive the added recognition of Women’s Advancement Champion, alongside someone I admire immensely, Julie Laulis. My sincere thanks to Cablefax for recognizing the value women bring to our industry and the importance of women supporting women.”

The honorees were recognized at the 2022 Cablefax luncheon, held today at The Edison Ballroom in New York City, and will be featured in the December issue of Cablefax Magazine.

About The WICT Network

The WICT Network is a global organization whose mission is to create women leaders that transform our industry. We do this by providing unparalleled professional development programs, commissioning original gender research, and supporting a B2B network that helps advance women. For more than 40 years, The WICT Network has partnered with media, entertainment and technology companies to help build a more robust pipeline of women leaders. Founded in 1979, and now over 10,000 members and 24 chapters strong, The WICT Network is the largest and oldest professional association serving women in media. Charter Communications, Comcast NBCUniversal and Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution are The WICT Network’s Strategic Touchstone Partners. Please visit www.wict.org or follow @WICTHQ on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter for more information.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 4, 2022) — The WICT Network is pleased to announce its 2022 Top Companies for Women to Work based on the results of the most recent PAR workplace diversity survey. The survey — which evaluates pay equity, advancement opportunities and resources for work/life integration — is a critical diversity and inclusion resource for individual companies and the industry at large. The PAR Survey enables participating companies to benchmark their progress toward gender equity and provides overall industry benchmarks relative to other businesses and industries.The WICT Network recognizes the following top operators and programmers for their strong gender DEI efforts based on data collected by the survey administrator, PwC.

***IN ALPHA ORDER BY COMPANY*** 

The 2022 PAR Top Operators for Women to Work: 

  • Cable One
  • Charter Communications
  • Comcast
  • Cox Communications
  • Midco

The 2022 PAR Top Programmers for Women to Work:

  • A+E Networks
  • AMC Networks
  • NBCUniversal
  • REVOLT
  • Warner Bros. Discovery

The PAR survey gauges quantitative and qualitative employee data and evaluates the diversity and inclusion practices of its participating companies. In all, survey respondents represented an impressive 69% of the overall media workforce. This year marks the 19th anniversary of the PAR Initiative, most recently administered in 2019. The 2022 findings show that representation of women increased 5 percentage points from 33% to 38% of the overall workforce, comprising 47% of all new hires in the media, entertainment and technology companies that participated in the 2022 survey. This is an increase of 15 percentage points from 2019. In addition, the overall workforce of women of color increased 6 percentage points since the 2019 survey, and the turnover rate for women is 9 percentage points lower than it is for the overall industry workforce.

“We congratulate this year’s PAR Top Companies for Women to Work for their exemplary DEI practices. The data tells the story: despite the challenges our industry has faced over the last three years, companies have created environments where women are able to grow and thrive,” said Maria E. Brennan, CAE, President & CEO, The WICT Network. “Collecting data to measure progress is a vital factor in gauging progress toward gender equity, and we applaud the commitment of time and resources each of our participants dedicated to complete the 2022 survey.”

The WICT Network gratefully recognizes the Walter Kaitz Foundation for underwriting the PAR survey as well as our survey partner, NAMIC. The full PAR Executive Report will be released later this year.

About The WICT Network’s PAR Initiative 

Since 2003, the PAR Initiative has measured the status of women employees in the cable industry based on three main criteria: Pay equity, Advancement opportunities and Resources for work/life integration. A comprehensive advocacy program helping companies to set goals, institutionalize policies, measure progress and achieve results, the PAR Initiative showcases best practices in achieving stronger gender diversity. With a goal to improve diversity metrics for women, the PAR Initiative is supported by all of The WICT Network’s local chapters and is underwritten by the Walter Kaitz Foundation. The PAR Survey is administered in partnership with the NAMIC AIM Survey.

About The WICT Network

The WICT Network is a global organization whose mission is to create women leaders that transform our industry. We do this by providing unparalleled professional development programs, commissioning original gender research, and supporting a B2B network that helps advance women. For more than 40 years, The WICT Network has partnered with media, entertainment and technology companies to help build a more robust pipeline of women leaders. Founded in 1979, and now over 10,000 members and 24 chapters strong, The WICT Network is the largest and oldest professional association serving women in media. Charter Communications and Comcast NBCUniversal are The WICT Network’s Strategic Touchstone Partners. Please visit www.wict.org or follow @WICTHQ on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter for more information.

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Media contact:
Erin Powers
epowers@wict.org
202-827-4783

For Immediate Release:
10/11/2022

NEW YORK, (October 11, 2022) — The Executive Summary of the 2022 AIM/ PAR Workplace Diversity Survey was released today by NAMIC and The WICT Network during a Joint Town Hall Meeting at the Marriott Marquis in New York. The AIM/PAR top line survey results were shared as part of Diversity Week 2022 at The WICT Network Leadership Conference and the 36th Annual NAMIC Conference.

The biennial survey, last conducted in 2019, is administered by PwC and funded by the Walter Kaitz Foundation. Results below compare 2022 data to 2019.

This year’s AIM/PAR Workplace Diversity Survey highlights the changes in the diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) landscape for participating media, entertainment and technology companies since the last report in 2019. Over the last several years, the United States has experienced economic, social, political and health upheavals that have forever changed the economy, the future of the workplace, and society as a whole.

KEY 2022 FINDINGS
Among People of Color

  • People of color, overall, experienced a 7-percentage point reduction in workforce representation. The overall representation of people of color decreased from 44% to 37% since the 2019 survey, with the greatest decreases within junior level professional and manager ranks at Multi-System Operators (MSOs). Conversely, the percentages of people of color increased among participating programmers.
  • Talent Movement
    • More than half of the job vacancies in 2021 among companies surveyed were filled by people of color (52%). This is a decrease from 57% since the 2019 report. Hiring rates for programmers exceeded the industry average by 6 percentage points.
    • People of color were promoted and transferred within their organizations at rates of 14% and 8%, respectively. This surpassed the overall industry rates by 3 and 2 percentage points.
    • Voluntary and involuntary turnover rates for people of color trailed the overall industry workforce at 3% and 6%.
  • Women of color representation increased in all roles
    • The overall workforce of women of color increased 6 percentage points since the 2019 survey. In addition, the percentage of women of color increased in professional positions (8 percentage points), manager positions (8 percentage points), executive/senior manager positions (3 percentage points) and boards of directors (6 percentage points).

Among Women

  • Representation of women in the industry increased by 5-percentage points despite the pandemic from 33% to 38% since the 2019 survey. This occurred as women were exponentially more impacted by the pandemic in terms of employment. Women made up 51% of the workforce at programmer companies and 31% of the overall MSO workforce.
  • Talent Movement
    • Women comprised 47% of all new hires in the media, entertainment and technology companies that participated in the 2022 survey. This is an increase of 15 percentage points from 2019.
    • Promotion and transfer rates for women of 11% and 6%, respectively, were comparable to the overall industry workforce.
    • The turnover rate for women is 9 percentage points lower than it is for the overall industry workforce.
  • Representation of women, including women of color, increased in all roles except board of directors. In professional, manager and executive/sr. manager roles, female representation increased by 9, 7 and 2 percentage points respectively, while representation of women on the boards of directors decreased 2 percentage points since 2019.

“The AIM study reinforces that real DEAI is more than policies, programs, and headcounts,” said Shuanise Washington, president and CEO of NAMIC, Inc. “After many years of education, advocacy and DEAI capacity building within the media, entertainment and technology space, we see promising retention of diverse employees. The AIM-PAR study remains an important yardstick catalyzing critical conversations that explore the unique needs, perspectives and potential of diverse employees.”

“The data from this year’s survey is especially critical in that it provides a baseline for measuring the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic and social justice movement of the past two years,” said The WICT Network President, Maria E. Brennan, CAE. “Despite the Great Resignation and she-cession that resulted from the pandemic, our industry has created environments where women have been able to thrive. As we continue to navigate new ways of working, we will use this data to help companies strengthen their practices to ensure that women remain on a trajectory to achieve parity with men.”

Launched in 1999, the NAMIC employment survey, formerly titled “A Look Toward Advancement: Multi-ethnic Employment in the Communications Industry,” provided a baseline of statistics and perceptions about the state of multi-ethnic diversity in the cable and communications industry. Today, the employment survey — now titled “NAMIC AIM” (Advancement Investment Measurement) — provides data that is used by companies to support goals for sustaining a robust pipeline of diverse talent.

Since 2003, the “WICT PAR” (Pay Equity, Advancement Opportunities, and Resources for Work/Life Integration) has measured the status of women in the cable industry. Combined with a comprehensive advocacy program, the PAR Initiative helps companies set goals, institutionalize practices, measure progress, and achieve results.

The two surveys have been jointly administered since 2011.

A total of 18 organizations participated in the online survey of cable, media and technology companies and employ more than 252,000 people. These organizations represent 69% of the industry workforce, suggesting results are representative of the industry.

About NAMIC
NAMIC (National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications) is the premier organization focusing on cultural diversity, equity, and inclusion in the media, entertainment and technology industries. More than 4,000 professionals belong to a network of 18 chapters nationwide. Through initiatives that target leadership development, advocacy, and empowerment, NAMIC collaborates with industry partners to expand and nurture a workforce that reflects the cultural richness of the populations served. For more information, please visit www.namic.com or follow @NAMICNational on Twitter.

About The WICT Network
The WICT Network empowers women in media, entertainment and technology. Our mission is to create women leaders that transform our industry. We do this by providing unparalleled professional development programs, commissioning original gender research, and supporting a B2B network that helps advance women. For more than 40 years, The WICT Network partners with its members to help build a more robust pipeline of women leaders. Founded in 1979, and now over 10,000 members strong, The WICT Network is the largest and oldest professional association serving women in media.

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