A television show films in the Arts District near Downtown Los Angeles. Photo by John Schreiber.
A television show films in the Arts District near Downtown Los Angeles. Photo by John Schreiber.

A five-year study released by the Directors Guild of America Thursday showed that 82 percent of first-time television directors were men and 87 percent were white.

“There’s a big opportunity here for those in charge of hiring to make a difference — but they’re not,” said DGA President Paris Barclay. “Without change at the entry level — where women and minority directors get their first directing assignment — it’ll be status quo for here to eternity.”

Writers accounted for 28 percent of first-time directors; actors, 18 percent; assistant directors/unit production managers, 10 percent; cinematographers/camera operators, 8 percent; and editors, 5 percent.  Another 5 percent was classified as “other.”

Minorities got 13 percent of the jobs.

Barclay said executives need to challenge their own hiring practices and “offer talented women and minority directors the same opportunities they are giving white males,” Barclay said.

The study started with the 2009-10 television season and included data through the 2013-14 season.

City News Service

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