Report Finds Lack Of Diversity In TV Directing
White men continue to rule the roost when it comes to directing television episodes, a new study by the Director’s Guild of America has found.
The study analysed 3910 episodes from 270 scripted series in the 2014-15 television season, which found 84% of episodes were directed by males, with 69% of these being caucasian males.
Only 16% of the episodes examined were directed by women, with a shockingly low 3% of this number directed by minority women. This figure is a small improvement from last year, where only 14% of episodes were directed by women.
Television directed by minorities from both genders dropped by 1% from 2014 to 18%.
Worryingly, less traditional series made exclusively for on demand services were among the DGA’s “Worst Of” list, with shows such as Marco Polo, Powers and Bloodline being exclusively directed by men. Netflix hit Marvel’s Daredevil fared little better, being 92% directed by men.
Among the “Best Of” list included hits such as Empire, Jane the Virgin, Homeland and The Following.
First time directors are overwhelmingly male, with 84% of 128 first time directors being male. This figure is up from 80% last year.