Why Hollywood doesn’t care about hiring women and minority directors?

Gail Mancuso

This is a remarkable decoding of Hollywood jargon, When it comes to hiring women and minority directors on prime-time television episodes, cable channels and broadcast networks have made little progress.

Apparently Hollywood doesn’t like hiring women or minority directors, and it’s also not surprising. Sadly in this day and age, the trend continues, even on television and cable channels.

Behind the cameras there’s still little room for women and minority directors.

A new study released by the Directors Guild of America analyzed more than 3,500 episodes produced in the 2013-14 network television season from more than 220 scripted series.

It’s worth noting that Caucasian males directed 69% of all episodes, while the percentage of minority males directors directed 2% of all episodes. Overall, white males directed seven out of every 10 episodes.

Female directors, meanwhile, made no headway: Caucasian females directed 12% of all episodes, while minority females directed just 2% of all episodes.

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The increase in episodes directed by minority males was attributable entirely to a single director, Tyler Perry, rather than a reflection of broad improvement in diversity hiring.

Comparing figures for 2013-2014 with figures from 2012-2013, this year’s report shows that:

1. The percentage of episodes directed by Caucasian males decreased from 72% to 69%;
2. The percentage of episodes directed by minority males increased from 14% to 17%;
3. The percentage of episodes directed by Caucasian females remained static at 12%; and
4. The percentage of episodes directed by minority females remained static at 2%.

Below are the shows with the worst records of hiring women and minority directors for the 2013-2014 television season. Shows that are BOLDED also appeared on the DGA’s “Worst Of” lists last year:

SHOWS THAT HIRED WOMEN OR MINORITY DIRECTORS FOR FEWER THAN 15% OF EPISODES (SOME OF THESE SHOWS DIDN’T HIRE A SINGLE WOMAN OR MINORITY ALL SEASON):

  1. Back In The Game (ABC/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation/Twentieth Century Fox Television) – 0%
  2. Betas (Amazon.com/Picrow/Picrow) – 0%
  3. Boardwalk Empire (HBO/Home Box Office/Home Box Office) – 0%
  4. Crossbones (NBC/Universal Television/Northern Entertainment Productions) – 0%
  5. Defiance (Syfy/Universal Network Television/Open 4 Business Productions) – 0%
  6. Eastbound & Down (HBO/Home Box Office/Home Box Office) – 0%
  7. The Exes (TV Land/Hudson Street Productions/King Street Productions) – 0%
  8. Fargo (FX/MGM Television Entertainment/Redhawk Productions) – 0%
  9. Granite Flats (PBS/Remnant Pictures/Remnant Pictures) – 0%
  10. Hannibal (NBC/Chiswick Productions/Chiswick 2 Productions) – 0%
  11. Hello Ladies (HBO/Home Box Office/Home Box Office) – 0%
  12. Hot In Cleveland (TV Land/Hudson Street Productions/King Street Productions) – 0%
  13. It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia (FXX/Sunny Television Productions/Sunny Television Productions) – 0%
  14. Last Man Standing (ABC/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation/Twentieth Century Fox Television) – 0%
  15. Maron (IFC/Fox Television Studios/TVM Productions) – 0%
  16. Mixology (ABC/ABC/ABC Studios) – 0%
  17. Mob City (TNT/Turner Films/Turner North Center Productions) – 0%
  18. Nikita (CW/Warner Bros. Television/NS Pictures) – 0%
  19. Perception (TNT/ABC/FTP Productions) – 0%
  20. The Red Road (Sundance Channel/Stu Segall Productions/Stu Segall Productions) – 0%
  21. Resurrection (ABC/ABC/FTP Productions) – 0%
  22. Witches of East End (Lifetime/Pacific 2.1 Entertainment Group/Pacific 2.1 Entertainment Group) – 0%)
  23. Workaholics (Comedy Central/Avalon Television/50/50 Productions) – 0%
  24. The Big Bang Theory (CBS/Warner Bros Television/Warner Bros. Television) – 4%
  25. Girl Meets World (Disney Channel/It’s a Laugh Productions/It’s a Laugh Productions) – 5%
  26. I Didn’t Do It (Disney Channel/It’s a Laugh Productions/It’s a Laugh Productions) – 5%
  27. Kickin’ It (Disney XD/It’s a Laugh Productions/It’s a Laugh Productions) – 5%
  28. Mom (CBS/Warner Bros. Television/Warner Bros. Television) – 5%
  29. Sam & Cat (Nickelodeon/MTV Networks/Uptown Productions) – 5%
  30. Beauty & the Beast (CW/Take 5 Productions/BATB II Productions) – 6%

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  31. Supernatural (CW/Warner Bros. Television/NS Pictures) – 6%
  32. The Americans (FX/Fox Television Studios/TVM Productions) – 8%
  33. Betrayal (ABC/ABC/ABC Studios) – 8%
  34. Big Time Rush (Nickelodeon/MTV Networks/Uptown Productions) – 8%
  35. Californication (Showtime/Showtime Pictures Development Company/Showtime Pictures Development Company) – 8%
  36. Enlisted (FOX/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation/Twentieth Century Fox Television) – 8%
  37. Justified (FX/CPT Holdings/Woodridge Productions) – 8%
  38. NCIS (CBS/CBS Studios/CBS Studios) – 8%
  39. Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (ABC/ABC/Digital 49 Productions) – 8%
  40. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS/CBS Broadcasting/CBS Broadcasting) – 9%
  41. The Mindy Project (FOX/Universal Network Television/Open 4 Business Productions) – 9%
  42. The Neighbors (ABC/ABC/FTP Productions) – 9%
  43. Ray Donovan (Showtime/Showtime Pictures Development Company/Showtime Pictures Development Company) – 9%
  44. The 100 (CW/Warner Bros. Television/Bonanza Productions) – 10%
  45. Bates Motel (A&E/Universal Television/Universal Television) – 10%
  46. The Blacklist (NBC/CPT Holdings/Woodridge Productions) – 10%
  47. The Crazy Ones (CBS/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation/Twentieth Century Fox Television) – 10%
  48. The Michael J. Fox Show (NBC/CPT Holdings/Topanga Productions) – 10%
  49. Sullivan & Son (TBS/Warner Bros. Television/Horizon Scripted Television) – 10%
  50. Dads (FOX/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation/Twentieth Century Fox Television) – 11%
  51. King & Maxwell (TNT/CBS Broadcasting/CBS Overseas Productions Two) – 11%
  52. The Last Ship (TNT/Turner Films/Turner North Center Productions) – 11%
  53. Those Who Kill (A&E/Pacific 2.1 Entertainment Group/Pacific 2.1 Entertainment Group) – 11%
  54. Turn (AMC/Stu Segall Productions/Stalwart Films) – 11%
  55. Dog with a Blog (Disney Channel/It’s a Laugh Productions/It’s a Laugh Productions) – 13%
  56. Castle (ABC/ABC/ABC Studios) – 13%
  57. The Goldbergs (ABC/CPT Holdings/Remote Broadcasting) – 13%
  58. Masters of Sex (Showtime/CPT Holdings/Remote Broadcasting) – 13%
  59. Super Fun Night (ABC/Warner Bros. Television/Bonanza Productions) – 13%
  60. Looking (HBO/Home Box Office/Home Box Office) – 14%
  61. Once Upon A Time (ABC/ABC/Digital 49 Productions) – 14%
  62. Surviving Jack (FOX/Warner Bros. Television/Warner Bros. Television) – 14%

“Unfortunately, it can be shockingly difficult to convince the people who control hiring to make even small improvements to their hiring practices,” DGA president Paris Barclay said.

“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. People often say, ‘everybody is responsible for diversity,’ but in the end, that often means that nobody takes responsibility. It’s time for the people who make the hiring decisions – be they studios, networks, production companies, or individual producers – to stop making excuses, stop passing the buck, and start living up to the country’s promise and possibility by providing true equal opportunity.”

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