'Survivor' and other CBS reality shows will now require 50% non-white casts

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CBS has pledged to diversify the casts of its non-scripted shows.

The network has announced a new diversity initiative that will require its reality shows, such as “Survivor,” “Big Brother,” "The Amazing Race" and “Love Island,” to include casts that are 50% Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC), reported CNBC.

"The reality TV genre is an area that’s especially underrepresented, and needs to be more inclusive across development, casting, production and all phases of storytelling," said George Cheeks, president and chief executive officer for the CBS Entertainment Group.

"As we strive to improve all of these creative aspects, the commitments announced today are important first steps in sourcing new voices to create content and further expanding the diversity in our unscripted programming, as well as on our network."

In addition, CBS will also contribute 25% of its unscripted development budget toward projects created or co-created by BIPOC producers.

The network is planning to implement these diversity targets beginning with the 2021-2022 broadcast season.

According to Bloomberg, these new initiatives are for CBS shows only and do not pertain to reality programs on other networks under ViacomCBS, its parent company.

Earlier this year, CBS disclosed new plans to also diversity its scripted programming. Moving forward the network said it would allocate 25% of its script development budget to BIPOC projects.

CBS has also promised to make sure its writers’ rooms consist of 40% BIPOC starting with the 2021- 2022 season. The goal would be increased to 50% the following year.

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