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Peak TV Does Not Mean Peak Equality – MMXLII

Peak TV Does Not Mean Peak Equality

Today may be the golden age of television, but it’s actually far from it behind the camera. After over 25 years of stagnant development, the media is only just beginning to shed some light on the issue of gender and race discrimination after the EEOC began investigating the lack of female directors in Hollywood last month. Today, Variety launched its director-diversity story by releasing interview transcripts with dozens of industry professionals to gain a stronger insight on diversification within the ranks of television directors.

The list of 40 key players in this series include, but aren’t limited to “Homeland” executive producer Lesli Linka Glatter, “Empire” showrunner Ilene Chaiken, VP of original content for Netflix Cindy Holland, and CEO of FX Networks and FX Productions John Landgraf. The DGA says nearly 4,000 episodes of scripted television were churned out last season. However, peak TV has not led to peak diversity behind the camera due to the lack of willingness to expand the talent pool and give newcomers a chance.

“Arrow” executive producer, Wendy Mericle, says:

“[Directing TV] is a boys club and it was for many, many years… Executive producers are like, ‘Well, I can’t get any agents to send [women and people of color] to me.’ Agents are like, ‘I can’t get these people approved by the network.’ The network is saying, ‘The studio won’t approve them.’ There’s a vicious cycle of people saying it’s somebody else’s fault.”

Find all the links to the interview series connected to the director-diversity story.

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