U.S. TV INDUSTRY HIRING MORE FIRST-TIME FEMALE DIRECTORS

Aug 31, 2018

By Michael Kramer

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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.

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