Women and people of color have made big gains in writers’ rooms in recent years, but white male creators still dominate when it comes to TV’s most scripted shows, according to the latest edition of UCLA’s Hollywood Diversity Report.
The report found that 21% of scripted broadcast series created by white men have an episode budget of $7 million or more. That compares to 11.1% of series created by people of color, and only 2.9% of series created by white women (the latter statistics boil down to one show: Disney + “WandaVision”).
Two-thirds, or 66.6%, of scripted shows produced by people of color had budgets of $3 million or less. Among white women, 42.9% of creators of broadcast series had budgets between 3 million and 5 million dollars.
“The next few years could be the real test of whether Hollywood is really committed to the changes they promised during the national time considering the race after the killing of George Floyd,” said Ana-Christina Ramón, director of the Entertainment and Media Research Initiative. UCLA.
The 70-page report tracks gender and race data for key production jobs at 107 broadcast, 109 cable and 191 digital shows from the 2020-21 season. Among the findings:
The women responded:
- 31.8% of creators broadcast shows
- 31.2% on cable
- 36.1% in digital.
- 13.1% of those roles are in broadcasting
- 26.6% on cable
- 25.6% in digital
In writers’ rooms, the gains have been noticeable. From the 2020-21 season:
- 45% of TV series writers were women
- Over 30% were people of color
- 17.8% of broadcast show writers were women of color