Women and people of color as episodic television directors has continued to rise during the 2016–2017 season, according to a study released by Directors Guild of America on Tuesday.
The 10% increase in overall episodes since the 2015–2016 season opened the door for more directing jobs to become available: Women directed 253 more episodes (a 36% increase) this season than the previous, while people of color directed 223 more episodes (a 28% increase).
However, even though there were more episodes available to direct, only 20.5% of all of Netflix’s television episodes were directed by women or minorities. That is a vast difference from Twentieth Century Fox companies, where 45% of its episodes were directed by women or people of color.
Here’s a breakdown of how different TV studios fared:
Pertaining to the report, DGA President Thomas Schlamme said:
“While this report, and our recent report on hiring of first-time TV directors, reflect some progress overall, there are stark disparities among the major studios that raise questions about how committed to inclusion some employers really are,” said DGA President Thomas Schlamme. “We want to make sure that every talented individual has an equal shot, and a path forward. But for that to happen, employers must expand their hiring processes to discover the world of capable directors hiding in plain sight. Frankly, it’s hard to understand why they’re not doing more. Even if all the right reasons are not enough for them, they should at least be motivated by the bottom line – inclusion just makes good business sense.”
Netflix should be able to increase its diversity behind the camera next television season considering the company plans to spend nearly $16 billion on original content and recently raised subscription prices in order to do so.