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
In January of 2016, the DGA launched a new diversity initiative focused on education, networking and career development for DGA members through career and craft workshops and a curriculum-based speaker series.
Speaker Series & Career Workshop
The DGA hosts a number of DDI events throughout the year including a curriculum-based speaker series and networking mixers as well as a career workshop.
Click here to watch video highlights and and review all of the events from the 2016 DDI Speaker Series and Career Workshop.
Craft Workshop and Mentorship Program
As employers across the industry heed the call to expand their hiring pipelines and establish a level playing field, the DGA’s upcoming Craft Workshop and Mentorship Program were created for members who aspire to direct or expand their directorial careers in episodic television. The program serves as the culminating experience of the Director Development Initiative.
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.
Commercial Directors Diversity Showcase
During the last National Commercial Agreement negotiations, the DGA and AICP agreed to establish a diversity program to expand opportunities for commercial directors with an emphasis on increasing diversity. As part of that program, the AICP will be presenting a showcase of unsigned directors to the AICP membership.
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: Jon 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).
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.