Director’s Guild releases diversity report for primetime TV shows

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - JUNE 14: Taraji P. Henson attends a photocall for the "Empire" TV series during the 55th Monte Carlo TV Festival on June 14, 2015 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Hollywood has a diversity problem in front of and behind the cameras, new figures from the Director’s Guild of America show. The union’s latest report on diversity in primetime TV shows, breaking down the ethnicity and gender of directors in the 2014-15 TV season, showed that women directed only 16 percent of all episodes (up 2 percent from last year), while minorities from both genders directed 18 percent of episodes (down one percent from last year). The report also includes a “Worst Of” and “Best Of” list, which features the TV shows with the best and worst track record for hiring female or minority directors. The five worst shows did not hire any minority or female directors at all (The Brink, Boardwalk Empire, The Comeback, Banshee and Black Sails) while three BET shows had a perfect track record of hiring female and/or minority directors (The Game, Single Ladies and Being Mary Jane). One particularly interesting detail to note is that all three of the latter shows were created by women. And, another cause for concern, as Melissa Silverstein, founder of Women and Hollywood pointed out on Twitter, is that many of the shows with strong female leads (think Masters of Sex, Mom or Two Broke Girls) did not hire a single female director last season.

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