Who’s Writing for TV? Few Older People, Women or Minorities

Mar 27, 2013  •  Post A Comment

The majority of television writers are young, white and male, according to a study commissioned by the Writers Guild of America, reports EW.com’s Inside TV.

From 1999 to 2012, the share of women writing for TV rose by only 5 percentage points, with only 30.5% of writers being women, the story says.

"At that rate, the study said, it would take another 42 years before women reach proportionate representation to men in the writers rooms," the piece reports.

Minority writers increased to 15.6% from 7.5% during the same period, and almost one-third of shows had no writers over 50 years old, the story says.

"From concept to characters, from plot to narrative, writers play a fundamental role in the fashioning of stories a society circulates about itself. But in the Hollywood entertainment industry, unfortunately, there has all too often existed a disconnect between the writers hired to tell the stories and an America that’s increasingly diverse with each passing day," said Dr. Darnell Hunt, author of the report and director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African-American Studies at UCLA and professor of sociology, in a statement.

The study looked at 1,722 writers working on 190 broadcast and cable shows during the 2011-12 season.

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