About half of the movies and TV series had no Asian characters, 20% had no black characters, and just 2% of characters were LGBT. The lack of diversity shows up behind the camera as well, the study found. Only 3.4% of all film directors were female, and broadcast TV, where female directors fared best, only hit 17.1%. Minorities directed only 12.7% of the movies, 9.6% of broadcast series, and 16.8% of cable series. Similarly bleak was the situation for writers: Across the distribution outlets, 71.1% of writers were male; 28.9% were female. Females were the least likely to write for film (10.8%), compared to 31.6% for broadcast TV.
Studio executive suites were populated similarly, the study said. Women, for instance, make up less than 20% of entertainment companies board posts and exec management teams. The lower the posts, the higher the percentage of women in them, with about 50% of the SVP jobs, shrinking to 23.7% higher up the corporate ladder. “As power increases, the participation or representation of women in executive ranks decreases,” the study concluded.
Time Warner scored a grade of zero when it came to overall diversity on the film side, compared to Sony and Viacom’s 20%, but all of the companies listed in the study were flunked by the school. TV-wise, however, Time Warner’s grade rose to 15%, though that still lagged far behind, say, Disney’s 70%, or the 65% scored by Amazon and Hulu.
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