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What Do the Numbers Tell Us?

Posted by Rena Sternfeld on October 15, 2013 in The search |

Together with the statistics The DGA released the list of the “Worst of” and the “Best of” television series in regards to the employment of women and minorities.

Here the DGA list:

SHOWS THAT HIRED NO WOMEN AND NO MINORITY DIRECTORS:

Title (Production Company/Network) – Percentage of Episodes by Women or Minority Directors:

  1. After Lately (CP Entertainment Services/E!) – 0%
  2. The Exes (King Street Productions/TV Land) – 0%
  3. Falling Skies (Turner North Center Productions/TNT) – 0%
  4. Hemlock Grove (Ouroboros Productions/Netflix) – 0%
  5. Hot in Cleveland (King Street Productions/TV Land ) – 0%
  6. iCarly (Uptown Productions/Nickelodeon) – 0%
  7. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (Sunny Television Productions/FX) – 0%
  8. Maron (TVM Productions/IFC) – 0%
  9. Sullivan & Son (Horizon Scripted Television/TBS) – 0%
  10. Supernatural (NS Pictures/CW) – 0%
  11. Underemployed (On Site Productions/MTV) – 0%
  12. Workaholics (50/50 Productions/Comedy Central) – 0%
  13. Zach Stone is Gonna Be Famous (On Site Productions/MTV) – 0%

 

Only 13. That’s not bad. But look what happens when you check how many of those shows didn’t hire WOMEN at all:

SHOWS THAT HIRED NO WOMEN DIRECTORS:

Title (Production Company/Network)

  1. After Lately (CP Entertainment Services/E!)
  2. The Exes (King Street Productions/TV Land)
  3. Falling Skies (Turner North Center Productions/TNT)
  4. Hemlock Grove (Ouroboros Productions/Netflix)
  5. Hot in Cleveland (King Street Productions/TV Land )
  6. iCarly (Uptown Productions/Nickelodeon)
  7. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (Sunny Television Productions/FX)
  8. Maron (TVM Productions/IFC)
  9. Sullivan & Son (Horizon Scripted Television/TBS)
  10. Supernatural (NS Pictures/CW)
  11. Underemployed (On Site Productions/MTV)
  12. Workaholics (50/50 Productions/Comedy Central)
  13. Zach Stone is Gonna Be Famous (On Site Productions/MTV)
  14. Ant Farm (It’s a Laugh Prods/Disney Channel)
  15. American Horror Story (Fox Television/FX)
  16. Anger management (Anger Prods/FX)
  17. Californiacation (Showtime)
  18. Crash and Bernstein (It’s a Laugh Prods/Disney Channel)
  19. Defiance (Open for Business/SyFy)
  20. Dog with a Blog (It’s a laugh Prods/Disney Channel)
  21. Fringe (Warner Bros. Television/Fox)/
  22. Goodwin Games (20th Century fox/Fox)
  23. Hannibal (Chiswick Prod/ NBC)
  24. House of cards (Knight take Knight/ Netflix)
  25. House of Lies (Showtime)
  26. Magic city (Starz Miami/Starz)
  27. Malibu County(PTF Prods/ABC)
  28. Mike and Molly(Bonanza Prods/CBS)
  29. The Neighbors (PTF Prods/ABC)
  30. Nikita (NS Prod/CW)
  31. Nurse Jackie (Nurse Prod/Showtime)
  32. Real Husbands of Hollywood (JSR/BET)
  33. Supah Ninjas(Empire City/Nickelodeon)
  34. True Blood (HBO)
  35. Two Broke Girls (Bonanza/CBS)
  36. Unforgettable (Woodridge Prods/CBS)
  37. Wendell & Winnie (Uptown Prods/Nickelodeon)
  38. Zero Hour (PTF Prods/ABC)

 

The list grows from 13 to 38 shows.

 

DGA’s “BEST OF” List

At the same time, the following shows are highlighted for hiring above the industry average in the 2012-2013 production cycle:

SHOWS THAT HIRED WOMEN OR MINORITY DIRECTORS FOR AT LEAST 30% OF EPISODES:

  1. The Game (Breakdown Productions/BET) – 100%
  2. The Hustle (Marlowe Productions/Fuse) – 100%
  3. The Real Husbands of Hollywood (JSR Productions/BET) – 100%
  4. The Rickey Smiley Show (Smiley Face Productions/TV One) – 100%
  5. Single Ladies (Bling Productions/VH1) – 86%
  6. Treme (Home Box Office/HBO) – 80%
  7. Reed Between the Lines (Breakdown Productions/BET) – 75%
  8. Lab Rats (It’s a Laugh Productions/Disney XD) – 73%
  9. Mike & Molly (Bonanza Productions/CBS) – 70%
  10. Second Generation Wayans (Breakdown Productions/BET) – 70%
  11. Guys with Kids (Open 4 Business Productions/NBC) – 63%
  12. Emily Owens, MD (CBS Overseas Productions Two/CW) – 62%
  13. The Carrie Diaries (Warner Bros. Television/CW) – 58%
  14. Marvin, Marvin (Uptown Productions/Nickelodeon) – 58%
  15. The Following (Bonanza Productions/FOX) – 57%
  16. Drop Dead Diva (Woodridge Productions/Lifetime) – 54%
  17. Private Practice (ABC Studios/ABC) – 54%
  18. Awkward (On Site Productions/MTV) – 50%
  19. Girls (Home Box Office/HBO) – 50%
  20. Luck (Home Box Office/HBO) – 50%
  21. Modern Family (Twentieth Century Fox Television/ABC) – 50%
  22. See Dad Run (Uptown Productions/Nickelodeon) – 47%
  23. 30 Rock (NBC Studios/NBC) – 46%
  24. Mistresses (FTP Productions/ABC) – 46%
  25. Raising Hope (Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation/FOX) – 46%
  26. The Good Wife (Eye Productions/CBS) – 45%
  27. Grimm (Open 4 Business Productions/NBC) – 45%
  28. Suits (Open 4 Business Productions/USA Network) – 44%
  29. The New Normal (Twentieth Century Fox Television/NBC) – 43%
  30. Switched at Birth (Prodco/ABC Family) – 43%
  31. Grey’s Anatomy (ABC Studios/ABC) – 42%
  32. Hawaii Five-0 (Eye Productions/CBS) – 42%
  33. Last Resort (Woodridge Productions/ABC) – 42%
  34. The Middle (Warner Bros. Television/ABC) – 42%
  35. Save Me (Remote Broadcasting/NBC) – 42%
  36. Zero Hour (FTP Productions/ABC) – 42%
  37. 90210 (Eye Productions/CW) – 41%
  38. Bunheads (Prodco/ABC Family) – 41%
  39. Pair of Kings (It’s a Laugh Productions/Disney XD) – 41%
  40. Banshee (Home Box Office/Cinemax) – 40%
  41. Cougar Town (FTP Productions/TBS) – 40%
  42. Ben & Kate (Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation/FOX) – 39%
  43. Body of Proof (FTP Productions/ABC) – 38%
  44. Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 (Twentieth Century Fox Television/ABC) – 38%
  45. The Secret Life of the American Teenager (American Teenager/ABC Family) – 38%
  46. Sons of Anarchy (Pacific 2.1 Entertainment Group/FX) – 38%
  47. The Big C (Remote Broadcasting/Showtime) – 36%
  48. CSI: NY (CBS Broadcasting/CBS) – 35%
  49. Nashville (Music City Productions/ABC) – 35%
  50. Smash (NBC Studios/NBC) – 35%
  51. Vegas (Eye Productions/CBS) – 35%
  52. 1600 Penn (Twentieth Century Fox Television Worldwide Productions/NBC) – 33%
  53. Big Time Rush (Uptown Productions/Nickelodeon) – 33%
  54. Cult (NS Pictures/CW) – 33%
  55. Devious Maids (ABC Studios/Lifetime) – 33%
  56. Go On (Open 4 Business Productions/NBC) – 33%
  57. Made in Jersey (Woodridge Productions/CBS) – 33%
  58. The Newsroom (Home Box Office/HBO) – 33%
  59. Pretty Little Liars (Horizon Scripted Television/ABC Family) – 33%
  60. Psych (Universal Network Television/USA Network) – 33%
  61. Shameless (Bonanza Productions/Showtime) – 33%
  62. Bones (Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation/FOX) – 32%
  63. Hart of Dixie (Bonanza Productions/CW) – 32%
  64. Suburgatory (Bonanza Productions/ABC) – 32%
  65. Warehouse 13 (Universal Network Television/Syfy) – 32%
  66. Community (Remote Broadcasting/NBC) – 31%
  67. Necessary Roughness (Woodridge Productions/USA Network) – 31%
  68. The Walking Dead (Stalwart Films/AMC) – 31%
  69. Boss (Boss Kane Productions/Starz!) – 30%
  70. Elementary (Eye Productions/CBS) – 30%
  71. Franklin & Bash (Woodridge Productions/TNT) – 30%
  72. The Glades (TVM Productions/A&E) – 30%
  73. Wendell & Vinnie (Uptown Productions/Nickelodeon) – 30%

Now look what happens when you count only the women:

 

SHOWS THAT HIRED WOMEN DIRECTORS FOR AT LEAST 30% OF EPISODES:

  1. The Game (Breakdown Productions/BET) – 30%
  2. The Hustle (Marlowe Productions/Fuse) – 30%
  3. The Rickey Smiley Show (Smiley Face Productions/TV One) – 30%
  4. Single Ladies (Bling Productions/VH1) –71%
  5. Second Generation Wayans (Breakdown Productions/BET) – 30%
  6. Cougar Town (FTP Productions/TBS) – 30%
  7. Bunheads (Prodco/ABC Family) – 35%
  8. Smash (NBC Studios/NBC) – 35%
  9. 30 Rock (NBC Studios/NBC) – 38%
  10. Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 (Twentieth Century Fox Television/ABC) – 38%
  11. The Carrie Diaries (Warner Bros. Television/CW) – 50%
  12. Luck (Home Box Office/HBO) – 50% (2episodes only)
  13. Modern Family (Twentieth Century Fox Television/ABC) – 50%
  14. The Middle (Warner Bros. Television/ABC) – 42%
  15. Private Practice (ABC Studios/ABC) – 38%
  16. Switched at Birth (Prodco/ABC Family) – 43%
  17. Mistresses (FTP Productions/ABC) – 38%
  18. The Secret Life of the American Teenager (American Teenager/ABC Family) – 38%
  19. The Big C (Remote Broadcasting/Showtime) – 36%
  20. Save Me (Remote Broadcasting/NBC) – 30%
  21. Nashville (Music City Productions/ABC) – 35%
  22. Devious Maids (ABC Studios/Lifetime) – 30%
  23. 90210 (Eye Productions/CW) – 30%
  24. See Dad Run (Uptown Productions/Nickelodeon) – 31%
  25. Awkward (On Site Productions/MTV) – 30%
  26. Girls (Home Box Office/HBO) – 50%

 

The list goes down from 73 to 26.

 

There are 38 shows that did not hire a single woman director. About 18% of the “more than 200” shows that the DGA checked.

 

“A quarter of the 200 series we examined didn’t hire enough women or minorities to avoid winding up on our “Worst Of” lists.  That means they hired fewer than two women or minority directors for every 13 episodes they shot,” said Jesús Treviño, Co-Chair of the Diversity Task Force and Alternate Board Member.  “If every one of those shows simply doubled the number of women or minorities they hire, we’d start to see some real progress.  And if they made a genuine commitment to diversity – wow, what a difference that would make.”

 

 

Coming up: Who is the most egregious and the most infuriating.

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