Women Make Gains Behind the Cameras in Television

Oct 10, 2018  •  Post A Comment

The TV industry is making progress toward gender equity in one key area, with a new survey released today by the Directors Guild of America finding that more women are being hired to direct TV episodes, the AP reports.

The same survey found that the numbers remain stagnant when it comes to directors of color.

The DGA study found that women directed a record 25 percent of episodic television in the 2017-18 season, up 4% from the previous season.

“African-Americans directed 13 percent of series TV in 2017-18, unchanged from last season, the study found. Asian-Americans at 6 percent and Latinos 5 percent were up one percentage point each from 2016-17,” the AP reports.

The report notes that the series “SMILF,” ″One Day at a Time” and “Queen Sugar” were among the standouts for gender and ethnic diversity in their directing ranks, while Disney-ABC, Twentieth Century Fox, Lionsgate and CBS held the top four spots in the study among studios.

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