The Directors Guild of America announced in its latest inclusion report that 66% of directors in television productions were white and male, despite increases in representation for women and directors of color.
“It’s hard enough to achieve success in the competitive world of TV directing,” said DGA President Thomas Schlamme in a statement.. “Therefore, it is vitally important that no group should be disadvantaged when it comes to developing a career. That’s always been the driving force of our work to push this industry towards more inclusive hiring practices and a level playing field.”
“Our most powerful tools to analyze the availability of opportunities have been these in-depth data reports,” Schlamme continued. “And while we see encouraging growth in some areas, we will not be satisfied until we see fairness for all. Inclusion is not about one group or another, inclusion means everyone.”
Despite the continued imbalance in gender and ethnic representation, progress has been made. The report found that of the more than 4,300 episodes produced in the 2019-20 season, the portion directed by people of color grew to 32%, up from 27% the prior season and from 18% just five years ago. Episodes directed by women grew to 34%, up from 31% the prior season and more than doubling over the 16% from 2014-15.
The survey also tallied individual directors hired by studios during the 2019-2020 season. Of the 1,268 directors that were hired this past season, 72% were white and 65% were men. But the percentage of first-time female and nonwhite directors getting opportunities is trending towards parity. Of the 227 first-time directors this TV season, 30% are going to directors of color, up from just 10% in 2009. 47% of first-time directors were women, just below the 48% from last year and up from 11% in 2009.
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Originally published at https://www.thewrap.com/two-thirds-of-tv-directors-last-season-were-white-and-male-dga-study-finds/ on .