Only One Major U.S. Entertainment Company Board Has Achieved Gender Parity | Chart

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Only one major entertainment company has already met the goal set by the 50/50 Women on Boards advocacy organization, which seeks gender parity on boards of directors, according to data recently released by the organization. Of 11 major entertainment companies included in WOB’s 2021 report on U.S. public companies and examined by TheWrap, only ViacomCBS has achieved gender parity with seven board members out of 13, or 53.8%. Notably, the company — the result of a re-merger of Viacom and CBS in 2019 — is also chaired by a woman, Shari Redstone. On the other end of the spectrum, three top U.S. entertainment companies — Fox, AMC Entertainment and Discovery — have only one woman on their boards. Discovery has by far the worst ratio: Only 8% percent of its 12-member board is female. It is “interesting how the one board run by a woman has the most women on the board,” Amy Baer, the board president of Women in Film, told TheWrap in an email. It “shows you how important female leadership is to achieve parity/diversity.” ViacomCBS declined to comment on its gender parity numbers. According to WOB’s Gender Diversity Index released last month, Hollywood’s top entertainment content companies...

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