Television Directing’s Still a Boys Club

by Peter D. Marshall

by Melissa Goodman.


The Directors’ Guild of America has released its annual diversity report on TV directing, and it confirms what reports have shown over the past many years: calling “Action!” is still the province of white men, with no improvement for women or women of color since last year.

Women directed only 14 percent of all episodes in 2013, and women of color directed only 2 percent of episodes, both unchanged since 2012. A full seventy of the 225 TV series analyzed – nearly a third of all shows on TV – did not hire a woman to direct a single episode.

This shut-out of women directors is an equality and civil rights issue that should concern all members of the viewing public, especially when viewed in the context of women’s under-representation in the entertainment industry more broadly.

Read the rest of this article from ACLU.

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