New Study Finds That More Women and People of Color Have Directed Episodes of TV Than Ever Before

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  • A new report released by the Directors Guild of America says that the number of television shows directed by women and people of color is higher than ever before.
  • Industry leaders were Twentieth Century Fox, CBS, NBC Universal, and Amazon.

A new report released by the Directors Guild of America on November 14th, has assessed that the number of television shows directed by women and people of color has hit an all-time high.

The study looked at directors of episodic television throughout the 2016-2017 television season and found that “the percentage of episodes directed by ethnic minorities [raised] by 3 percentage points to a record 22% of all episodes, while the percentage directed by women went up 4 points to 21% of all episodes, another all-time high.”

Those numbers reflect over 4,500 episodes of television total for the year. And overall, 38% of television episodes were made by women and minorities.

Interestingly, the study notes that the industry leaders in diverse hiring practices were Twentieth Century Fox, CBS, NBC Universal, and Amazon. While Disney/ABC, Warner Brothers, and HBO ranked in the middle, and Sony and Viacom came in last.

Reflecting on the past year’s trends, DGA President, Thomas Schlamme writes that, “While this report, and our recent report on hiring of first-time TV directors, reflect some progress overall, there are stark disparities among the major studios that raise questions about how committed to inclusion some employers really are.”

“Frankly, ” he adds, “it’s hard to understand why they’re not doing more. Even if all the right reasons are not enough for them, they should at least be motivated by the bottom line – inclusion just makes good business sense.”

 

 

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