Cultivating an Inclusive Environment
At Amazon Studios, we know that our set environment can influence the outcome of the content we produce.
We aim to foster a culture that is open, inclusive, and respectful of our creatives, cast, and crew in a way that respects their background, gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, disability, size, national origin, religion, or any other aspect of identity. We honor differences, and have zero tolerance for harassment or discrimination of any kind.
Accessibility on Set
We expect that our auditions and sets meet or exceed accessibility requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), and that additional measures are in place to ensure all talent (in front of and behind the camera) are able to use all entrances, exits, and facilities. This starts by asking people what they need, and ensuring those who are working, auditioning, or visiting the set know how to ask for specific services (e.g. interpreters, screen readers, or other services).
Support on Set
Each production should identify their own plan to create a culture of inclusion, as well as flag with Studios executives what additional support might be needed in addition to physical access. This could include mental health resources, sensitivity training, cross-cultural awareness building, or additional resources. Where you have unique circumstances that require immediate support, the Amazon Studios DEI team is available at any time.
We work to ensure that each production leaves the community where we are working better than we found it. This is particularly important when it comes to communities that could be vulnerable, or different in background from that of the cast and crew. Some best practices include:
- Understand the community before you enter
- Where possible, work to hire, pay, and include the community in the production
- Encourage the cast and crew to understand the community norms and always be respectful when engaging with the community
- A Media Production Guide to Working with First Nations, Métis and Inuit Communities, Cultures, Concepts and Stories (for filming in the Canadian Indigenous community)