Debbee Klein, a top agent in Paradigm’s TV literary department, has pledged that Paradigm will strive to achieve gender parity among its agents by 2020.
“At Paradigm, we’ve made a big commitment to 50/50 by 2020 and I hope we get there. There’s never been a year where it’s more advantageous for women to get hired,” Klein said Thursday at TheWrap’s third annual BE Conference at the Annenberg Beach House in Santa Monica, Calif.
“It is important that our agency pool reflects our client list, and most of these agency pools don’t right now. They are male-driven, they are white for the most part. They are good agents, but it’s time to open this up and take that seriously,” she said in a panel with Untitled Entertainment’s Jennifer Levine moderated by TheWrap’s senior film reporter Beatrice Verhoeven.
“I’m not saying it’s going to be exactly 50/50, but that’s our goal by the end of this year, and I think we’re on our way. If we recognize the problem usually we can fix it.”
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