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VIS sets up Black Narratives writers’ room

ViacomCBS’s global production arm ViacomCBS International Studios (VIS) has launched a Latin American writing room of black writers dedicated to developing content.

Federico Cuervo

Based in Brazil, participants in the Black Narratives (Narrativas Negras) scheme will be led by writer Marton Olympio (Express Kidnapping), along with Renata Diniz, Eliana Alves Cruz, Estevão Ribeiro and Lidiane Oliveira.

The writers will develop projects in different genres and formats including series, fiction and films, as well as serving as diversity and inclusion consultants.

Federico Cuervo, senior VP, head of VIS Americas, said: “For us to be successful, it’s important that the content we develop speaks to and attracts the different viewers that are out there. We especially want to raise those voices and highlight stories that are not well represented in media.

“Black Narratives is an important first step. However, it only marks the beginning of our efforts to create more diverse content that represents cultures worldwide. This initiative is starting in Brazil but will be replicated in other regions to enrich our product offering with different perspectives that identify with other ethnicities and groups.”

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