The recent news that 26 percent of TV staff is women (which is a small improvement over last year but still disheartening) is even less exciting now that the Director’s Guild of America has revealed that last season men comprised 85 percent of TV directors.
Indiewire reported the news, adding that the data covers all scripted shows (network and cable). That’s around 3,100 individual episodes.
Paris Barclay and Lesli Linka Glatter, who preside over diversity efforts for the Guild, admitted that the results are disappointing. Barclay says, “Our industry has to do better.”
The really surprising statistics come when you discover which series have the worst track records for hiring women and minorities. For example, Veep, which is made great by its lead actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who recently won an Emmy for her performance, and is about a woman in politics, has a 0 percent rating for hiring female and minority directors. Other shockers include female-driven shows like Nikita (5 percent), Two Broke Girls (9 percent) and Rizzoli & Isles (13 percent).
The shows which do hire female directors tend to have a female creator. Some shows, like Single Ladies, which was created by a woman, even have a 100 percent rating.