Here are the opinions of several leading industry professionals who have shared their views on the impact of MOST:
Executive Producer: Tyrant, Homeland, and 24
We need to present American and other Muslims as characters other than terrorists. MOST is a great resource to get writers and content creators to think about incorporating Muslims into storylines in novel ways, and to encourage more Muslims to participate in storytelling in the media.
CEO, The Paley Center for Media
It is time for Americans – and the rest of the world – to see Muslims as they really are – doctors, lawyers, artists, mothers, fathers, teenagers. MOST will help the creative community move in that important direction.
Executive Producer: Syriana
My visits to the Middle East have given me a sense of the potential for links in film and television between the U. S. and the Muslim world. MOST can help to realize that potential.
FOX Broadcasting, VP, Current Programming
I appreciate the fact that MOST is not trying to impose policies or agendas. Instead, they want to work with writers, producers, showrunners, agents on their own terms, to provide necessary information to create more balanced, diverse, and authentic Muslim and Muslim American characters and themes.
MOST promises to be an important tool in helping the film and television industry transcend stereotypes and in projecting a more realistic view of the diverse and complex reality of the Muslim world.
Dean, USC School of Cinematic Arts
Through image, sound, and story, the cinematic arts offer a unique means for us to see that there is more that joins us together than keeps us apart.
Executive Producer: Law & Order Special Victims Unit, Under the Dome
MOST fills the gap in information available about Islam and Muslims to make it easier for writers, producers, and showrunners to create more balanced and nuanced characters. This kind of resource is essential.