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The MENA Arts Advocacy Coalition (EXCLUSIVE) has launched a database for MANA and South Asian creatives named OECD and launched by NEXT-Asian Coalition

The MENA Arts Advocacy Coalition (EXCLUSIVE) has launched a database for MANA and South Asian creatives named OECD and launched by NEXT-Asian Coalition

In a bid to strengthen the representation of MENA and South Asian talent in the entertainment industry, the MANA Arts Advocacy Coalition (MAAC) launched iAA's global online database on Tuesday.

The database will connect emerging and established talent from these regions to film productions, studios and hiring managers starting today. It can be accessed at maacdatabase.com.

As a group, we are constantly asked for actors, writers, producers, composers and even crew from certain Middle Eastern and South Asian countries who speak specific languages. Hollywood knows that audiences are demanding authenticity, and for incredibly long, it was utterly impossible to find them. So, technology helped solve that problem with the help of technology.

The new digital platform will be a partner resource for the Academys new Inclusion and Standards policy for Academy's awards.

The MAAC database will provide global access to authentic voices and serve as a powerful resource to help meet diversity and inclusion standards emerging in the industry, including the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Representation and Inclusion Standards. This database is expected to be an acknowledged resource, said the AAC statement.

The Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation, BoomGen Studios, Todd Phillips, Steve Levinson and Dave Goetch are sponsors and supporters of this database.

I hope to be part of the solution, Phillips said. Assembla Ghanizada and the MENA Arts Advocacy Coalition are proud of their work in shining light on the bias that exists toward Middle Eastern creatives both in front and behind the camera. I appreciate the work they did to create this space.

The MAAC database is an absolutely indispensable resource for anyone looking to tap into the deep well of MENASA talent in Hollywood, added BoomGen Studios in a statement.