Wednesday, September 14, 2011

DGA: Minority TV helmers losing ground

Employment by minority directors in episodic TV dropped slightly last season, according to the DGA's just-released report on TV employment for women and minorities. The DGA's tally shows that white males directed 77% of all TV episodes that aired during the 2010-11 season, based on a survey of more than 170 scripted series. That's up from 75% in the 2009-10 season. Employment for white female directors held steady from season to season at 11%. But minority male and femme helmers saw slight declines, from 12% to 11% for minority males and from 2% to 1% for minority femmes. DGA officials said the stats indicate an urgent need for networks and studios to be more aggressive in fostering diversity behind the camera. "It's not enough to just give lip service to the idea of increasing diversity behind the camera," said Paris Barclay, the DGA's first VP and co-chair of its national diversity task force. "These programs are so far failing to live up to their promise. So we're going to take the discussion straight to the people on each show who make the hiring decisions." Contact Variety Staff at

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