Hollywood Diversity Report Says Minority Groups Still "Woefully Underrepresented"
Hunt highlighted key trends of the five-year study that took place from 2012 to 2016, specifying how, despite the annual steady increase of the national minority population, representation in Hollywood remains disproportionate. The study, titled "Five Years of Progress and Missed Opportunities," focused on 11 main arenas and their proportion of people of color and women in various film, broadcast, cable and digital sectors.
Henderson, currently working on the TV series The Quad and Marvel’s The Punisher, said the success story of Black Panther, while deserving of praise, was worrisome.
“You see change, but you don’t see consistent change,” she said. “The more you see a success story like Black Panther, while you celebrate it, you’re also freaking out because you don’t want it to be a moment. ... So how do we do that, so it’s a movement instead of a moment?”
Behind the camera, statistics showed most of the executive decision-making is being carried out by white males in both television and film. The report also found that films and TV shows perform best with 21 percent-30 percent minority casting, and yet the trend of disproportionate casting remains.
The report discusses the effects of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements:
"Hollywood's enduring failure to correct the gender disparities chronicled in this report series has locked many women out of influential roles and entrenched a patriarchal occupational culture within the entertainment industry. But this year - as the previous two did for people of color - marked a potential turning point for women in Hollywood. Sparked by the public revelation of rampant sexual misconduct and the mistreatment of women in the workplace, the Me Too movement also shed light on long-entrenched gender biases and the structural barriers to women's entry into and mobility within entertainment careers. The momentum of the Me Too movement inspired prominent women in the entertainment industry to initiate the Time's Up movement, a comprehensive agenda aimed at promoting equality and safety in the workplace through legislative initiatives, changes in corporate policies and hiring practices, and legal support for men and women with workplace sexual harassment and assault cases.
Some of the above has been excerpted from the news coverage of the study in The Hollywood Reporter. Read the full article here.
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Last updated: Mar. 2, 2018