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White Males Still Direct Most Prime-Time Shows, DGA Report Says -- In Fact, the Ratio Has Gone Up TheWrap

Most prime-time television is directed by white men, with the ratio actually ticking upward last season, reports TheWrap.com, citing a report by the Directors Guild of America.

The percentage of prime-time TV episodes directed by Caucasian men rose by a point to 73% during the 2011-12 TV season, up from 72% in the 2010-11 season, the story notes.

Only 11% of episodes were directed by white women -- the same as in the previous season -- while the percentage of episodes directed by male minorities dropped to 13% from 14%. Female minorities directed 4% of episodes, up from 3%.

“Our industry has to do better,” said Paris Barclay, co-chair of the DGA National Board's diversity task force. "In this day and age, it’s quite disappointing that so many shows failed to hire even a single woman or minority director during the course of an entire season -- even shows whose cast and crew otherwise is notably diverse."

Several shows were singled out for having no female or minority directors, including "Dallas," "Supernatural" and "Veep," the story notes.