Feb 23, 2021
DGA Study: HBO Has Lowest Percentage of Minority Directors, CBS Lowest in Female Directors
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The DGA found that the number of women and minority directors hired by the studios reached “new highs” during the 2019-20 TV season but also found that Latinos and “women of color” remain under-represented.The guild also found that that the employment of Asian American directors was flat from the prior season.
“While we see encouraging growth in some areas, we will not be satisfied until we see fairness for all. Inclusion is not about one group or another, inclusion means everyone,” said DGA president and The West Wing director Thomas Schlamme.
New DGA Inclusion Report Reveals Gains in 2019-20 TV Season, But Disparities Remain
For the 2019-20 season, the percent of TV episodes directed by women rose to 34 percent, up from 31 percent in the prior season. The percentage directed by minorities climbed to 32 percent, up from 27 percent a season ago.
The DGA report found that black people directed 17.7 percent of the episodes, up from 15 percent in the prior season.
Among the guild’s worst offenders was HBO, which had the lowest percentage of minority directors of all the TV networks at just 18 percent. CBS also ran afoul the diversity police, coming in last in terms of women directors at just 30 percent.
Overall, two-thirds of all TV episodes during the season were directed by Caucasians, while two-thirds were directed by men.
Hollywood studios have come under increased pressure to diversify their ranks following last year’s Black Lives Matter protests and riots that consumed major cities for months.
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NEW YORK (AP) — The Recording Academy is partnering with Berklee College of Music and Arizona State University to complete a study focused on women's representation in the music industry.
The academy, which puts on the annual Grammy Awards, said the lack of female creators in music is “one of the most urgent issues in the industry today." The organization says the data it collects “will be utilized to develop and empower the next generation of women music creators."
The Grammys have been criticized over the years for awarding and nominating more men than women. Part of that is because the awards show honors not just performers, but also producers and engineers — positions dominated by men.
The academy revealed that among the 853 nominees across all 84 categories at this year's show, 198 — 23% — identify as women.
In 2019, the organization said it planned to double the nominees of female voters by 2025; the academy reported that it had reached 33% of its goal by adding 831 women to its voting membership. In the same year, the academy launched a new initiative asking musicians, record labels and others to consider at least two female producers or engineers when working on a project, whether it’s a song or an album.
The study is expected to be completed by and released in early 2022.
The 2021 Grammys will air on March 14 from Los Angeles.