A Change in Hollywood, More First Time TV Directors

For many years Hollywood has been a male-dominated industry with very few people of color at the forefront or in positions of power. There has been very few women and people of color as a Director for both TV and film. As a result television and film are missing very talented voices and perspectives. This inequality has been kept quiet, but recently there has been a light shown on the lack of diversity in the industry. This all-boys club is slowly coming to a change.  Due to studio and production company initiative programs, many directors who have been looked over for years have gotten their first chance to tell stories that are important to them. This surge of new directors in the industry has been documented.

Recently the Director’s Guild of America has released a new study that focuses on first-time hiring of episodic TV directors from 2009/10 through 2017/18. This is important because it helps us see if the lack of diversity problem is increasing or getting better. The study shows the percentages of jobs going to first-time women directors and first-time directors of color. It reflects the number has hit a record highs for the second year in a row. According to the Director’s Guild of America, the study highlights include:

  • 31% (63) of first-time hires in the 2017/18 season were directors of color. That is an increase from 27% in the 2016/17 season, and just 12% in the 2009/10 season.
  • 41% (82) of first-time hires were women. That is an increase from 33% the prior season, and just 11% in the 2009/10 season.
  • 13% (27) of first-time hires were women of color. That is an increase from 9% last season, and just 2% in the 2009/10 season.

For more information on this study click here to visit the Director’s Guild of America’s article : (DGA)

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