The DGA supports diversity in the entertainment community through membership committees, networking opportunities and job training and mentoring programs. The Guild also regularly tracks and calls attention to the employment of women and minority directors in feature films and on primetime drama and comedy television series. Information about all of the Guild’s diversity efforts, programs and reports can be found below.
DGA Director Development Initiative
The DGA Director Development Initiative is a new Diversity program focused on education, networking, and career development through career and craft workshops and a curriculum-based speaker series.
Click here to learn more about each event in this series.
The DGA for years has called attention to the issue of diversity through the publication of highly publicized data reports rich with statistics reflecting current industry hiring trends. In these reports, we call public attention to the worst of the worst when it comes to diverse hiring practices, as well as the best of the best.
Click here to review all of the DGA’s reports on industry diversity hiring.
Several Guild committees are dedicated to building communities within the Guild of those who are members of ethnic or gender groups that are underrepresented in the entertainment industry. Each of these committees works to increase diversity in the industry through meetings, seminars, networking, training and events hosted at the DGA headquarters in Los Angeles and New York. For information about each Committee, click the links below.
Television Director Development Programs
Click here for information about, and links to, television studio director development programs focused on diversity.
Student Film Awards
The Directors Guild of America Student Film Awards for African-American, Asian-American, Latino, and Women Filmmakers are designed to honor, encourage, and bring attention to outstanding minority and women film students. Over 40 film schools from around the country participate in the program. Past winners include: John M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never); Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station, Creed); Nicole Kassell (The Following, The Americans); Patricia Riggen (The 33, Lemonade Mouth); and Sylvain White (Hawaii Five-0, Person of Interest).
Click the link above for more information about this year's awards and to view more past winners. The 2016 deadline to apply is Friday, October 14.
DGA Diversity Award
The DGA Diversity Award honors outstanding commitment to and leadership in the hiring of women and ethnic minorities in DGA categories. It has been bestowed only five times in DGA history: Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers, Shondaland, 2014; Stephen McPherson, ABC Primetime Entertainment President, 2005; Home Box Office, 2000; Steven Bochco, 1999; Bruce Paltrow, John Wells & Christopher Chulack (ER), 1997.