Women and mi­nor­ity TV di­rec­tors make mod­est gains

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LOS AN­GE­LES » Women and mi­nor­ity tele­vi­sion di­rec­tors made mod­est gains last sea­son, but the ma­jor­ity of tele­vi­sion episodes are still di­rected by white men, the Di­rec­tors Guild of Amer­ica found in a study re­leased Tues­day.

The guild’s study states that 62 per­cent of nearly 4,500 tele­vi­sion episodes re­viewed dur­ing the 2016-2017 sea­son were di­rected by white men. When ad­ding in white fe­male di­rec­tors, 78 per­cent of the tele­vi­sion episodes re­viewed were helmed by white di­rec­tors.

Non-white di­rec­tors ac­counted for 22 per­cent of all episodes di­rected last year, with black di­rec­tors ac­count­ing for 13 per­cent. Asian-Amer­i­cans ac­counted for 5 per­cent of the episodes di­rected, while Lati­nos rep­re­sented 4 per­cent.

The num­bers re­flect low sin­gle-digit in­creases for fe­male and mi­nor­ity di­rec­tors from pre­vi­ous sea­sons: White women di­rected 16 per­cent of episodes in 2016-2017 com­pared with 14 per­cent, and mi­nor­ity fe­males di­rected 5 per­cent of episodes, up from 3 per­cent in 2015-2016.

Di­rec­tors Guild Pres­i­dent Thomas Sch­lamme wrote in a state­ment ac­com­pa­ny­ing the re­port that the re­sults show “stark dis­par­i­ties among the ma­jor stu­dios that raise ques­tions about how com­mit­ted to in­clu­sion some em­ploy­ers re­ally are.”

He said stu­dios must do more to find di­rec­tors from di­verse back­grounds.

“Frankly, it’s hard to un­der­stand why they’re not do­ing more,” Sch­lamme said. “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.”

The re­port also ranks stu­dios and their sub­sidiaries on the racial and eth­nic break­down of its di­rec­tors. The study found 20th Cen­tury Fox was the most in­clu­sive stu­dio, pro­duc­ing 553 episodes of con­tent, with 55 per­cent of episodes be­ing di­rected by white men. CBS and NBC ranked se­cond, while Net­flix was last, with white men di­rect­ing 77 per­cent of the 88 episodes re­viewed, and only 4.5 per­cent of those jobs go­ing to mi­nor­ity di­rec­tors.

ABC, which ac­counted for the most con­tent with 614 episodes, ranked fifth out of 10 stu­dios re­viewed, with white men ac­count­ing for 64 per­cent of the di­rec­tors. Mi­nor­ity di­rec­tors ac­counted for 23 per­cent of ABC episodes, while fe­male di­rec­tors were in charge of 21 per­cent.

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