Women, Minority First-Time Directors Face Tough Time Getting Into TV Biz: DGA Study

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Women and minority episodic TV directors face a “significant hiring disadvantage” getting into the business because of their gender and race, according to a new five-year study by the Directors Guild of America. The report found that only 18% of all first-timers are female, and that only 13% are minorities.

“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 from here to eternity. Every director needs a first shot to break into the business – and what this report reveals is that studios, networks and executive producers need to challenge their own hiring practices and offer talented women and minority directors the same opportunities they are giving white males.”

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