“It all boils down to it” – Natalie Anderson and Tony Vlachos in the three-hour season finale episode of SURVIVOR: WINNERS AT WAR.
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CBS ‘ A number of reality shows including “Survivor”, “Big Brother” and “Love Island” will become more diverse in 2021.
On Monday, the network launched an initiative that requires these shows to ensure that 50% of their performers are black, indigenous or colored, or BIPOC. In addition, the network has committed to allocating at least 25% of its development budget to developers and producers who are BIPOC.
These reality TV goals will start in the 2021-22 broadcast season.
“The reality television genre is one area that is particularly underrepresented and needs to be more inclusive in terms of development, casting, production and all stages of storytelling,” said George Cheeks, President and CEO of CBS Entertainment Group, in a statement.
This initiative follows on from the goals CBS set for its scripting programs earlier this year, as well as a program creation contract with the NAACP.
CBS has also mandated that its authors’ rooms must be occupied by at least 40% BIPOC in order to increase that number to 50% in the 2022-23 season.