CBS has announced that Catrice Monson has been promoted to senior VP of Diversity and Inclusion. Monson, who has been with CBS since 2000, most recently served as the network’s Senior VP of Labor Relations.
According to Deadline, Monson will be working with Josie Thomas, CBS’s executive vice president and chief diversity inclusion officer, as they both will work to expand and enhance diversity initiatives for the network.
Monson’s new responsibilities will include facilitating engagement internally and externally on CBS diversity programs and expanding CBS Corporation Diversity Council’s impact-oriented activities and outreach, according to a statement from CBS. She will also be at the forefront of the network’s west coast multicultural and women’s employee resource groups.
“Catrice is a highly effective and respected executive with wide ranging experience across many CBS business units,” Thomas said. “She’s dedicated and passionate about the importance of diversity and inclusion and will be an invaluable asset in helping to advance the dialogue of diversity as we expand and enhance our focus across the corporation.”
The news comes days after Ayo Davis was officially named as the head of Talent and Casting for ABC Entertainment and ABC Studios. Davis had been serving as the interim head of that department since November, the Hollywood Reporter noted.
“Ayo has done an amazing job identifying and bringing new talent into the fold for both the studio and network,” said ABC Entertainment’s first African-American female president, Channing Dungey.
“Her keen eye and track record make her perfect for this position,” she added.
Davis has been working at ABC for 13 years in numerous positions. In 2015, Davis oversaw casting of scripted ABC shows including black-ish, How to Get Away With Murder, American Crime and Scandal.
Her promotion comes off the heels of ABC Shondaland stars Kerry Washington and Viola Davis both signing studio deals to oversee and create programs and films with the network.
For Washington, being a gatekeeper can help ensure that voices that have been traditionally ignored can finally be heard.
“I believe strongly in the importance of having a seat at the table which makes starting this production company thrilling for me. It’s an honor to be at a point in my career when I can help generate projects that that are exciting, necessary, and truly reflect the world around us,” Washington said in a statement.
“I’m grateful to be on this journey with ABC, a network that remains unparalleled in its commitment to inclusive storytelling.”