DGA 2016-17 Episodic TV Director Diversity Report:
Increase in Women and Minority Directors
On November 14, 2017, the Directors Guild of America released a report in which television series were analyzed based on the gender and minority status of the directors. The DGA's annual report on the subject analyzed an all-time high of nearly 4,500 episodes produced in the 2016-2017 television season, up from 4,061 episodes in the prior season.
Further breaking down the data by ethnicity:
Caucasians (male and female) directed 78% of all episodes,
African-Americans directed 13%,
Asian-Americans directed 5%,
and Latinos directed 4%
Combined, the ten dominant industry employers oversaw the production of more than 75% of the episodes covered in this report. By aggregating the episodes from each employer, differences in the companies’ hiring patterns emerge.
Taking a look at the rankings in the table above, Twentieth Century Fox, CBS, NBC Universal and Amazon held the top four spots in the hiring of diverse directors, with Fox leading the way overall and in the hiring of minority directors. Amazon led in the hiring of women directors, but took the second to last spot in the hiring of minority directors.
In the middle were Disney/ABC, Warner Bros., and HBO. While HBO was strong in the hiring of women directors, the studio was also in the bottom third in the hiring of minority directors.
Sony and Viacom held the eighth and ninth spots, while Netflix hired the lowest percentage of diverse directors.
*This report tracks employment by television studios (production), as opposed to networks (distribution). Hiring decisions are primarily made by studios – even when they share the same parent company as a network which may have some approval of those decisions. Moreover, many studios also produce series for outside networks, and some studios are not affiliated with a network.
To view the source report, click here. Check out the breakdown of women, minorities, and women and minorities combined in PDFs of the study. View the official report on the DGA website, and look at other PDFs and additional information linked in the study.
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Last updated: Nov. 20, 2017