New DGA Report Assesses Director Diversity In TV Hiring Practices (It's Business As Usual)

by Tambay A. Obenson
September 28, 2012 2:34 PM
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Nothing you read in this report should at all be news, nor shocking.

As I've said before, I've long moved on from getting worked up over the findings of reports like this, year after year, so no commentary from me this time around. Why bother? I'm much more interested in how we move forward.

But don't let me stop you...

Although, an aspect of the report that I found most useful was the breakdown of shows with the best and worst records of hiring women and minority directors, for the 2011-2012 television season. 

To reach the above results (that Caucasian males directed 73% of all episodes; Caucasian females directed 11% of all episodes; minority males directed 13% of all episodes and minority females directed 4% of all episodes), and much more not mentioned here, the DGA says it looked at more than 3,100 episodes produced in the 2011-2012 network television season, and the 2011 cable television season, from more than 190 scripted television series. 

Read the FULL lenghty report HERE, which was published yesterday.

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  • ALM | September 28, 2012 2:48 PMReply

    The saddest part is that I bet you $20 that the numbers for minority men and women were better 15 years ago. In television direction we are moving backwards as opposed to progressing.

  • Melissa | September 30, 2012 12:28 PM

    *addressed more

  • Melissa | September 30, 2012 12:28 PM

    Yup. That's a bizarre phenomenon that needs to be addressed me. Putting these numbers into context, they are the lowest for perhaps the last 20 years? Minority females used to direct Living Single, Kenan and Kel, Fresh Prince of Belair, Sister Sister and I'm sre some dramas too. I'm sure they still had the lowest numbers, but not what we see today. We need to create our own shows and stop blaming others however. It doesn't help.

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