May 28, 2021

“Feed Your Passion” with Karen Horne


Karen Horne, Senior Vice President Equity, and Inclusion at WarnerMedia, believes there is an abundance of talent, but not always an abundance of access. Karen helps talented creators navigate the puzzle pieces like structure, politics to be positioned for success. Check out this week’s episode as we discuss what it takes, what talent is, and what YOU need to do to “get access”.

This week’s Guest is… 

Karen Horne is a senior executive with over 20 years of experience within the entertainment industry. She has been recognized as a Diversity and Inclusion pioneer and pipeline builder. Karen recently joined WarnerMedia where she is Senior Vice President of Equity & Inclusion. She leads the domestic and international creative talent development pipeline programs and initiatives across the enterprise’s many brands, including HBO, HBO Max, Warner Bros film and television, the Turner Networks, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, CNN, DC Comics and WarnerMedia’s gaming divisions.

Prior to joining WarnerMedia, Karen spent over a decade at NBCUniversal,where she was Senior Vice President, Programming Talent Development and Inclusion. In this role, Karen was responsible for overseeing in-front-of and behind-the-camera primetime diversity efforts. The programs and initiatives she created and/or developed became the industry’s gold standard and a blueprint for many other companies.

Horne designed, implemented and oversaw Nickelodeon’s Writer Fellowship Program. She was the Director of Writer Development & Special Projects for Walt Disney Studios and Walt Disney Network Television. Previously, she served as Director, West Coast, for the Black Filmmaker Foundation.

Horne was also a Co-producer for the HBO Emmy Award-winning animated series “Spawn.” 

Her early career includes stints at ABC as the Executive Assistant to the President, ABC Entertainment, as well as positions at ABC Television Network Group and ABC Sports.

Ms. Horne has spoken both nationally and internationally on diversity and inclusion best practices and has been honored with several awards and recognitions for her diversity and inclusion work and her service to underrepresented communities. She serves on the boards of Montclair State University’s School of Communication and Media; USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, The Alliance of Women Directors, the Bay Area’s Urban League and is a member of several entertainment industry organizations.

Ways to Connect 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karen-horne-90b6603/ 

Twitter: @khorne1234 

IG: @karnehorne 

Email: karen.horne@warnermedia.com 

WarnerMedia Access: https://www.hbo.com/hboaccess/writing/                                                            

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