Aug 31, 2018
By Michael Kramer
The television industry’s hiring of first-time female directors and directors of colour – has hit record highs for the second year in a row.
According to a Directors Guild of America study – women represented 41 per cent of first-time TV episode directors in the 2017-18 season.
The guild says that’s 8 percentage points higher than the previous season.
Directors of colour represented 31 per cent of first-time hires last season – up from 27 per cent in 2016-17.
The news is encouraging – but the Directors Guild said the picture is complicated by hiring practices.
That’s because writers, actors or others already connected with a TV series can be “gifted” one-time directing jobs – blocking career progress for directors of diversity.