Who We Are


Over the past five years, Universal's Global Talent Development & Inclusion (GTDI) department has become the premier thought leader in the diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) space across entertainment. This first-of-its-kind, film DEI team has built upon Universal's long legacy of inclusive narratives, but our mission to shape the industry landscape will continue for the next.

Talent for hire

COMING SOON! An interactive talent database of GTDI alumni with resumes, materials and representation details for hiring opportunities. This resource has been designed to increase exposure for alumni to further their career momentum.
coming soon
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Discover your next experience

Inclusion is a core principle of the Studio’s overall business strategy

GTDI works to create experiences for talent at various points in their creative and production journeys within all of the Studio’s business functions. Check out our Experiences page for information on our initiatives, programs, labs and traineeships!
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Talent Spotlight

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Universal Directors Initiative alum K.D. Dávila and Universal Composers Initiative alum Amie Doherty are two of this year’s invitees to become members of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
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Evan Dodson project moves forward with viola davis and Yance Ford

Viola Davis is in talks to star in Two Butterflies, an Amazon drama based on an original idea and script by Evan Dodson, which will be directed by Yance Ford.
Universal Below-the-Line Trainee, Robert McTyre Jr. on the red carpet at the world premiere for Nope.

Detroiter goes from being homeless to working on film ‘Nope'

Below-the-Line Trainee Robert McTyre Jr hasn’t stopped since completing his traineeship on ‘Nope!’ Since the film wrapped, McTyre has gone on to do set lighting for commercials, TV shows and is currently working on a film directed by actor Chris Pine.


The cohort of talent are the top, up-and-comers in their respective fields. We are proud to have identified and recruited them to join our studio ranks. Get to know them a little bit here.

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We are Universal

together we are reaching amazing heights

At NBCUniversal, we celebrate global narratives and inclusive perspectives. We’re grateful for the support and advocacy we receive from our highly respected and dedicated internal and external partners. This support system helps GTDI continue to make an incredible impact on the Company and across the industry.
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have you heard?

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Focus Features Celebrates 2O Years of Stories that Connect Us

To celebrate two decades of powerful storytelling and remarkable filmmaking, Focus Features commemorates the incredible milestone with a new reel, looking back at some of their most iconic onscreen moments.
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Madagascar Makes History With Animated Deaf Character Signing in ASL

DreamWorks Animation's “Madagascar: A Little Wild” introduced kids to a deaf chimp named Dave, who communicates through American Sign Language (ASL), as well as his sister, Pickles, who translates for him and can also sign in ASL.
Jordan Peele and Daniel Kaluuya review footage on the set of Nope.

Universal Releases 'Nope' Featurette Showcasing inclusive Crew

Jordan Peele's upcoming feature was the first film to participate in the studio's new training program aimed at developing talent from historically excluded backgrounds behind the camera.






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