Women make up over half the U.S. population, but they only directed 14% of primetime network and cable TV shows last season, according to a new DGA study. Minority females fare even worse, helming only 2% of the shows. And job prospects for non-white-male directors aren’t getting better. “There has been no significant improvement in diversity hiring practices in episodic television during the past four years,” the guild said in its report.
“Unfortunately, it can be shockingly difficult to convince the people who control hiring to make even small improvements to their hiring practices,” said DGA President Paris Barclay. “But the end result is something worth fighting for. This should matter to all of us, as a culture, as an industry and as directors.”
In its survey, the DGA analyzed 3,500-plus episodes produced for the 2013-14 network television season and the 2013 cable television season from more than 220 scripted series…
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