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Diversity in TV and the Writers’ Room ft. Francesca Butler & Kelly Lynne D’Angelo (PT14)

Alex and Nick welcome Francesca Butler and Kelly Lynne D’Angelo to discuss diversity and representation in television — both on screen and in the writers’ room.
What has been their personal experience working in TV? What shows influenced them growing up? What are they thoughts on diversity staffing and writing programs?

The Paper Team hands the mic over for some thought-provoking insight…



1 – Influences growing up (00:33)
2 – Cultural appropriation and experiences being in the writers’ room (11:59)
3 – Diversity staffing and the writing programs (24:58)
4 – WGA’s Diversity Committees & Caucuses (33:11)
5 – Moving forward, selling yourself and recommended shows (36:12)


Francesca Butler on Twitter
Kelly Lynne D’Angelo on Twitter
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella
The Patriot
All That
The West Wing
American Dreams
Living Single
Angela Moore (from Boy Meets World)
The Journey of Allen Strange
The Meteor Man
Hollywood Shuffle
“Shapes” (1×19 – The X-Files)
Thunderbird House (from Harry Potter)
Jacqueline White (from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
Sundance Institute/IAIA’s Native Writer’s Workshop
LA Skins Fest’s Native American TV Writers Lab
“TV Diversity Programs: Launching Pad or Scarlet Letter?”
WGAW Diversity Committees
A Different World
The Flash and Supergirl’s Musical Crossover
Being Mary Jane
The Son

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Alex Freedman & Nick Watson

Paper Team is a podcast about television writing and becoming a TV writer.

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