Creative Thread Foundation

The Creative Thread Foundation is a non-profit organization launched in July 2017 by FUSION TV with more than 60 additional corporations, public interest groups, and associations committed to creating pipelines and opening doors for multicultural representation, diversity, and inclusion in the media, entertainment and telecommunications industries.

We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.

- Maya Angelou

Our mission is to

Break down barriers of entry for underrepresented content creators and those working behind the scenes in the media and entertainment.

Create pipelines and mentorship opportunities for uncovering and promoting talent and projects that reflect America’s diverse reality.

Share best practices to allow for better recruitment, retention and awareness of underrepresented content creators.

Encourage coalitions of corporations, industry associations, universities, and public interest groups to work together to provide better opportunities for underrepresented content creators and develop content featuring and representing untold stories of underrepresented groups.

Supporters

21st Century Fox // Amazon // Asian Americans Advancing Justice // Asian & Pacific Islander Health Forum // AT&T // Black Mamas Matter Alliance // Building Skills Partnership // California State University of Fullerton // Campaign for Youth Justice // Care for Life and Limb // CBS Corporation // Central American Resource Center // Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights // Color of Change // Computer and Communications Industry Association // Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute // Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute // Disney // Eastmont Community Center // El Rey Network // Entravision Communications // Entertainment Software Association // Green 2.0 // GreenLatinos // Fusion Media Group // Fusion TV // Hispanas Organized for Political Equality // Hispanic Heritage Foundation // Interactive Advertising Bureau // Latino Memphis // Latinos in Information Sciences and Technology Association // Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law // Miami Dade College// Mi Familia Vota // Mnet America, Motion Picture Association of America // Multicultural Media // Telecom and Internet Council // National Action Network // National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education // National Association for the Advancement of Colored People // National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters // National Association of Broadcasters // National Association of Hispanic Journalists // National Association of Hispanic Publications // National Association of Latino Independent Producers // National Council of Asian Pacific Americans // National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts // National Hispanic Media Coalition // National Hispanic Medical Association // National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health // National Urban League // Native Public Media // Nielsen // Northwest Side Housing Center // Pandora // Para Los Niños // Scripps Networks Interactive // Solutions Project // Spotify // UnidosUS // United Farm Workers // Univision Communications Inc. // Urban Health Plan // U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute // Valle del Sol // Viacom // Lady Parts Justice // The Group

Board Members

John C. Yang,

President & Executive Director,

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - AAJC

Antonio Tijerino,

President & CEO

of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation

Megan Hauck,

Director of the IAB

Education Foundation

John Gibson,

Advisor for Inclusion & Multicultural Outreach

at the Motion Picture Association of America

Marcellus Alexander,

Executive Vice President, Television at the National Association of Broadcasters and President

NAB Education Foundation

Rev. Al Sharpton,

Founder & President of the

National Action Network

Benjamin Lopez,

Executive Director at the

National Association of Latino Independent Producers

Felix Sanchez,

Chairman & Co-Founder at the

National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts

Alex Nogales,

President & CEO of the

National Hispanic Media Coalition

Marc Morial,

President & CEO of the

National Urban League

Loris Taylor,

President & CEO of

Native Public Media

Joseph Fortson,

Vice President

Government Affairs at Nielsen

Kimberly Hulsey,

Vice President, Legal & Government Affairs at

Scripps Networks Interactive

Message from the Chairman

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Creative Thread Foundation, it is an honor to share in the launch of this important organization.

We created the Creative Thread Foundation because all our members and supporters believe diversity needs to be represented more accurately in media and entertainment.

And together, we will be a powerful, independent, non-partisan voice to educate influencers, policymakers, and stakeholders on the importance of representation on screen, behind the camera, and in the writer’s room – while also promoting the efforts of business, community and government leaders who are driving positive change and making an impact on this critical issue.

The Creative Thread Foundation does not think small. Our collective mission is to break down barriers of entry for underrepresented content creators as well as those working behind the scenes. Create new pipelines that uncover and promote talent and projects that reflect the beautiful diversity of America. And share best practices amongst our members on recruiting and retaining talent, developing content, and driving awareness of under-representation in media and entertainment.

Through this Foundation and with our supporters, we will encourage public interest groups, corporations, industry associations, and universities to work together to provide more opportunities for storytellers to tell untold stories and better represent all communities and people in our country.

I’m encouraged and excited by how many share in our commitment and are ready to step up. We eager to see what the Creative Thread can accomplish working hand-in-hand with all of you.

Activities

Inclusion for the public good

Identify, organize, and provide support for events around the country that promote diversity and inclusion in the media, entertainment and telecommunications industries.

Press conference and reception on july 26th

The Multicultural Media Caucus Members are invited to participate and serve as honorary co-chairs of the reception.

Leading by example

Corporate and trade association members are committed to participating and partnering with public interest groups, non-profits, and universities on content pitches, fellowships, internships, and other venues to provide diverse content creators opportunities to connect with industry professionals.