El Rey, the English-language cable television network aimed at second- and third-generation Latinos, is spearheading a new diversity council to push the entertainment industry to create content and recruit talent that better represents the multicultural mix of the country.

Despite representing nearly one-fifth of the United States population, Latinos made up just 4.1 percent of television directors and less than 2 percent of producers and writers between 2010 and 2013, according to a NALIP/Columbia University report. (NALIP is the National Association of Latino Independent Producers.) In film, Latinos made up about 2 percent of directors and producers and 6 percent of writers, the report found.

The El Rey Diversity council — a partnership of leading national Latino groups — is focused on changing that ratio as well as promoting more diverse programming. The council’s formation is expected to be announced on Thursday during an industry conference. Continue reading at New York Times

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