Rep. Johnson attends Starz event celebrating “Survivor’s Remorse” 4th Season
From left: Tichina Arnold, Ronreaco Lee, Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson, Congressman
Hank Johnson, Teyonah Parris, Erica Ash and Jessie T. Usher.
ATLANTA — Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) attended the Starz network dinner this week with African-American actors, directors, writers and other executives who are part of a broadening an ongoing effort to diversify the television and film industry.
As founding co-chair of the Caucus for the Advancement of Studio Talent (CAST) and Film Diversity in the U.S. House of Representatives, the congressman was pleased to have the opportunity to address the distinguished group.
“It was important for me to attend and show my appreciation for their contributions as well as take the opportunity to share information about the caucus, its purpose and how they could get involved. In light of recent events, the call for diversity and inclusion in film and tech is evermore important,” said Johnson.
CAST was established by Congressman Johnson, Rep. Raul Ruiz (CA-36) and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27) to educate and promote diversity in front of and behind the camera. Congressman Johnson represents an area of the new Southern film and television capital -- Georgia – that was home to 17 film projects in 2016 and slated to film 50 movies and television shows this fall.
“I thank those individuals that are in Georgia working and opening up opportunities for the many in this state who aspire to work in this industry,” said Johnson.
The dinner event was hosted by Upscale Magazine for the Starz network show “Survivor’s Remorse” celebrating its fourth season. Starz and Upscale Magazine celebrated the fact that the show represents people of color, and the ratings prove that there is a market for such programming.
Survivor's” is about a young professional basketball player Cam Calloway, who moves his family to Atlanta after signing a big contract. The series shows one of the many success stories in the African-American community and accents it with how Cam’s support system plays a vital role in sustaining his good character at the height of his career and despite many temptations to go off course.
In addition to the cast and storyline, the executive producer of this show is one of the most iconic professional basketball superstars to have ever graced the hardwood – LeBron James. As an African-American entrepreneur, philanthropist and NBA professional, he is one of the most highly respected individuals of character on and off the court. The show, and James’ involvement in it, speaks to people on so many levels.
“Survivor’s Remorse embodies the goals of CAST Film Diversity Caucus as it seeks to obtain diversity behind and in front of the camera. The call for diversity in and inclusion in film and tech is prescient and important as we seek to make a place for all to live and thrive. Film and the arts is a reflection of our culture and society. As a nation and a people, we aspire to higher ideals of equality and justice for all.”