DGA 2015-16 Episodic Television Diversity Report

September 12, 2016

  • Minor Improvement in Employer Hiring of Women and Ethnic Minority Directors
  • Report Includes New Analysis of Hiring Trends by Studio and Distribution Platform

LOS ANGELES – The Directors Guild of America today released its annual report analyzing the ethnicity and gender of directors hired to direct episodic television series across broadcast, basic cable, premium cable, and high-budget original series made for subscription video on demand (SVOD).  

More than 4,000 episodes produced in the 2015-2016 network television season and the 2015 cable television season from 299 scripted series were analyzed. The breakdown of those episodes by the gender and ethnicity of directors is as follows:

  • Women directed 17% of all episodes, a small increase from 16% the prior year.
  • Ethnic minorities (male and female) directed 19% of all episodes, representing a 1 percentage point increase over the prior year.

See Appendix A at the bottom of the page for comparison with the 2014-2015 season.


Report Highlights

  • The pie (total number of episodes) continues to grow – but the growth has slowed: There were 4,061 episodes in the 2015-2016 season – representing a 4% increase in total episodes since the 2014-2015 season (which grew 10% over the 2013-2014 season).
  • With that expansion came more directing jobs for all:
    • Women directed a total of 702 episodes – 85 more episodes than in the 2014-2015 season (a 14% increase). The total number of individual women directors employed in episodic television grew 23% to 183 (up from 149 in the 2014-2015 season).
    • Ethnic minorities directed 783 episodes – 89 more episodes than in the 2014-2015 season (a 13% increase).
    • And although the percentage of episodes directed by Caucasian males decreased to 67% (from 69% in the 2014-2015 season) – the actual number of episodes directed by Caucasian males went up slightly to 2,717 (from 2,714 the year prior).
  • The number of “Worst Of” series – series that hired women and minority directors for fewer than 15% of episodes – decreased 7% to 57 series. However, there were 30 series with 0% women or minority hires on the DGA’s “Worst Of” list – four more than in the 2014-2015 season.
  • The DGA’s “Best Of” list – series that hired women or minority directors for at least 40% of episodes – increased 28% to 73 series.

Analysis & Ranking of Television Studios

This report tracks employment by television studios (production), as opposed to networks (distribution). Hiring decisions are primarily made by studios – even when they share the same parent company as a network which may have some approval of those decisions. Moreover, many studios also produce series for outside networks, and some studios are not affiliated with a network.

To better understand the hiring patterns of the industry’s dominant players, the DGA analyzed the hiring statistics of the eight largest television studios and their subsidiaries. Combined, these entities oversaw the production of more than 75% of the episodes covered in this report.

Taking a look at the rankings in the table below, CBS, Twentieth Century Fox, NBC Universal and Disney/ABC held the top four spots in the hiring of diverse directors, with CBS leading the way. In the middle were Viacom (which lagged in the hiring of women directors) and Warner Bros. (which fell behind in the hiring of ethnic minority directors). Coming in last by a considerable margin were Sony and Home Box Office.


Ranking of the Eight Largest Television Studios & Their Subsidiaries -
Best to Worst
 



 

Breakdown by Distribution Platform

Breaking out the data by the four main distribution platforms – Broadcast, Basic Cable, Premium Cable and SVOD – series produced for Broadcast led the way in the hiring of women (20%) and ranked high in the hiring of ethnic minority directors (19%). Shows produced for Basic Cable ranked lowest in the hiring of women (14%) and highest in the hiring of minority directors (24%) – though it should be noted that nearly a quarter of all Basic Cable episodes directed by ethnic minority directors are attributed to a single director, Tyler Perry. Series produced for Premium Cable (e.g. HBO, Showtime) hired women to direct 15% of episodes, while just 10% of episodes were directed by ethnic minority directors.

While the number of total SVOD episodes (e.g. Netflix, Amazon and Hulu) grew 120% since last season – just 8% of SVOD episodes were directed by ethnic minority directors, and women directed 17% of episodes. It should be noted that there were nearly 1,800 Broadcast TV episodes, and more than 1,500 Basic Cable episodes – while Premium Cable and SVOD each had less than 400 episodes.

“These numbers shine a light on the lack of real progress by employers in this industry, plain and simple. Of particular concern is the precedent being set by the fastest-growing category, streaming video,” said DGA President Paris Barclay. “There’s a long road ahead for true change to be realized – because for that to happen, the pipeline will need to change at the point of entry. Employers will need to implement new hiring practices – from getting more people in the door and interviewing more diverse candidates, to hiring experienced directors instead of handing these jobs out as perks.”


Breakdown by Series

Out of 299 series examined, 57 (19%) hired women or minorities to direct fewer than 15% of episodes – 30 of which (10%) hired no women or minority directors at all – landing on the DGA’s “Worst Of” list (which can be found at the end of the report).

Several of those series made repeat appearances, having also placed on the “Worst Of“ list last year, including: Aquarius (13 episodes), Galavant (10 episodes), Henry Danger (19 episodes); It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (10 episodes); Longmire (10 episodes); Man Seeking Woman (10 episodes); Marco Polo (11 episodes); Workaholics (10 episodes); Marvel’s Daredevil (13 episodes); Gotham (22 episodes); Ray Donovan (11 episodes); Ballers (10 episodes); The Librarians (10 episodes); Powers (10 episodes), Black Sails (9 episodes) and iZombie (15 episodes).

Several series that appeared on the “Worst Of” list this year and last year actually decreased their overall hiring of women and minority television directors including: Longmire (10% to 0%) Aquarius (8% to 0%), and Gotham (14% to 9%). Other series continued with the same hiring patterns and hired no women or minority directors (0%) this year and last year: Galavant, Henry Danger, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Man Seeking Woman, Marco Polo, and Workaholics.

It is worth noting that It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Workaholics continue to bear the distinction of making the “Worst Of” list year after year, having hired no women or minority directors since their respective debuts in 2005 and 2011. Also, following the previous season of hiring no women or minority directors, Showtime’s Ray Donovan demonstrated only a slight improvement (0% to 9%), hiring a Caucasian woman to direct one episode – and once again landing on the “Worst Of” list.

Looking at the other side of the spectrum, 73 series, or 24% of all series examined, demonstrated a commitment to diverse hiring practices, hiring women or minorities to direct at least 40% of episodes. These shows are highlighted on the DGA’s “Best Of” list at the end of the report.

The following 25 television series – which appeared on last year’s “Best Of” list – once again made the list: Being Mary Jane; The Game; American Crime; Jane the Virgin; Black-ish; Last Man Standing; 12 Monkeys; Empire; Fresh Off the Boat; The Middle; Suits; Madam Secretary; Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn; Hit the Floor; Modern Family; The Odd Couple; Blue Bloods; The Fosters; Grimm; Nashville; Pretty Little Liars; Chicago PD; Criminal Minds; Homeland; and Girls.

It is worth noting that three series that were on last year’s “Worst Of” list made significant improvements – landing on this year’s “Best Of” list: Sleepy Hollow (11% to 44%), Marvel’s Agent Carter (12% to 40%), and K.C. Undercover (14% to 42%). Last Man Standing, which last year made the jump from the “Worst Of” to the “Best Of” list, once again demonstrated year-over-year improvement (41% to 73%).


Best Of and Worst Of – Full Lists

The shows highlighted below are from studios and production companies whose shows appear on broadcast, basic cable, and premium cable networks as well as high-budget original series for SVOD made under a DGA agreement for the Internet.

Pilots are not included in the statistics.

Additional data on the more than 299 series analyzed by the DGA – sorted by various categories (e.g. Network name, percentage of women directors, etc.) can be found at the bottom of this page.


DGA’s “Best Of” List

The following shows are highlighted for hiring women and minorities to direct at least 40% of episodes in the 2015-2016 production cycle. Shows that are BOLDED also appeared on the DGA’s “Best Of” list last year.

SHOWS THAT HIRED WOMEN OR MINORITY DIRECTORS
FOR AT LEAST 40% OF EPISODES:

Title | (# of Episodes) | Signatory Company/ Network/ Studio (or Studio Subsidiary) | % of Episodes by Women or Minority Directors:

  1. Being Mary Jane (10 eps.) Breakdown Productions Inc./ BET / BET Productions, LLC 100%
  2. Game, The (10 eps.) Breakdown Productions Inc./ BET / BET Productions, LLC 100%
  3. Heartbeat (9 eps.) Universal Television LLC/ NBC / NBC Universal 100%
  4. Zoe Ever After (7 eps.) Breakdown Productions Inc./ BET / BET Productions, LLC 100%
  5. Soul Man, The (24 eps.) King Street Productions Inc./ TV Land / MTV Networks, a division of Viacom International, Inc. 92%
  6. American Crime (10 eps.) ABC Studios/ ABC / Disney/ABC Companies 90%
  7. From Dusk till Dawn: The Series (10 eps.) Dusk Productions LLC/ El Rey Network / Tres Pistoleros LLC 90%
  8. Greenleaf (13 eps.) Preach Productions, Inc./ OWN / Just Rewards Productions, Inc. 85%
  9. Transparent (10 eps.) Picrow, Inc./ Amazon Prime / Picrow, Inc. 80%
  10. Jane the Virgin (22eps.) Eye Productions Inc./ CW / CBS Companies 77%
  11. Black-ish (24 eps.) FTP Productions, LLC/ ABC / Disney/ABC Companies 75%
  12. Last Man Standing (22 eps.) Twentieth Century Fox Television, a unit of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation/ ABC / Twentieth Century Fox 73%
  13. Uncle Buck (7 eps.) Universal Television LLC/ ABC / NBC Universal 71%
  14. Truth Be Told (10 eps.) Universal Television LLC/ NBC / NBC Universal 70%
  15. Married (13 eps.) Minim Productions, Inc./ FX / Fox Cable Networks, Inc. 69%
  16. 12 Monkeys (9 eps.) Universal Cable Productions LLC/ Syfy / NBC Universal 67%
  17. Empire (18 eps.) Twentieth Century Fox Television, a unit of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation/ FOX / Twentieth Century Fox 67%
  18. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (10 eps.7 Eye Productions Inc./ CW / CBS Companies 65%
  19. Fresh Off the Boat (24 eps.) Twentieth Century Fox Television, a unit of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation/ ABC / Twentieth Century Fox 63%
  20. Middle, The (24 eps.) Warner Bros. Television/ ABC / Warner Bros Companies 63%
  21. Suits (16 eps.) Open 4 Business Productions LLC/ USA Network / NBC Universal 63%
  22. Under the Dome (13 eps.) Eye Productions Inc./ CBS / CBS Companies 62%
  23. Madam Secretary (23 eps.) Eye Productions Inc./ CBS / CBS Companies 61%
  24. American Crime Story (10 eps.) Pacific 2.1 Entertainment Group, Inc./ FX / Twentieth Century Fox 60%
  25. House of Lies (10 eps.) Showtime Pictures Development Company/ Showtime / Showtime Pictures Development Company 60%
  26. Leftovers, The (10 eps.) Warner Bros. Television/ HBO / Warner Bros Companies 60%
  27. Grey's Anatomy (24eps.) ABC Studios/ ABC / Disney/ABC Companies 58%
  28. Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn (26 eps.) Uptown Productions Inc./ Nickelodeon / MTV Networks 58%
  29. Hit the Floor (11 eps.) Bling Productions Inc./ VH1 / MTV Networks 55%
  30. Modern Family (22 eps.) Twentieth Century Fox Television, a unit of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation/ ABC / Twentieth Century Fox 55%
  31. Reign (11 eps.) Reign III Productions Inc./ CW / Take 5 Productions Inc. 55%
  32. Grace and Frankie (13 eps.) Grace and Frankie Productions, LLC/ Netflix / Skydance Pictures, LLC 54%
  33. Graceland (13 eps.) TVM Productions, Inc./ USA Network / Twentieth Century Fox 54%
  34. Odd Couple, The (13 eps.) Eye Productions Inc./ CBS / CBS Companies 54%
  35. Scandal (21 eps.) FTP Productions, LLC/ ABC / Disney/ABC Companies 52%
  36. Blue Bloods (22 eps.) Eye Productions Inc./ CBS / CBS Companies 50%
  37. Damien (10 eps.) Damien TV Productions, Inc./ A&E / Twentieth Century Fox 50%
  38. Fosters, The (20 eps.) Prodco, Inc./ ABC Family / Disney/ABC Companies 50%
  39. Grimm (22 eps.) Open 4 Business Productions LLC/ NBC / NBC Universal 50%
  40. Halt and Catch Fire (10 eps.) Stalwart Films, LLC/ AMC / Stu Segall Productions, Inc. 50%
  41. Jim Gaffigan Show, The (10 eps.) Jax Media, LLC/ TV Land / Jax Media, LLC 50%
  42. Mercy Street (6 eps.) MIHC LLC/ PBS / Scott Free, Inc. 50%
  43. Murder in the First (12 eps.) Turner North Center Productions, Inc./ TNT / Turner Films, Inc. 50%
  44. Underground (8 eps.) YANDR Productions, LLC/ WGN America / Sony Companies 50%
  45. Nashville (21 eps.) Music City Productions, Inc./ ABC / Lions Gate Television Inc. 48%
  46. Pretty Little Liars (21 eps.) Horizon Scripted Television Inc./ ABC Family / Warner Bros Companies 48%
  47. How To Get Away With Murder (15 eps.) ABC Studios/ ABC / Disney/ABC Companies 47%
  48. Chicago PD (23 eps.) Universal Television LLC/ NBC / NBC Universal 46%
  49. Girlfriend Experience, The (13 eps.) Transactional Pictures of NY L.P./ Starz! / Transactional Pictures of NY L.P. 46%
  50. Mistresses (13 eps.) Digital 49 Productions, Inc./ ABC / Disney/ABC Companies 46%
  51. Criminal Minds (22 eps.) ABC Studios/ CBS / Disney/ABC Companies 45%
  52. Colony (9 eps.) Olive Productions, LLC/ USA Network / Legendary Television, LLC 44%
  53. Hand of God (9 eps.) Picrow, Inc./ Amazon Prime / Picrow, Inc. 44%
  54. Happyish (9 eps.) Showtime Pictures Development Company/ Showtime / Showtime Pictures Development Company 44%
  55. Red Oaks (9 eps.) Picrow, Inc./ Amazon Prime / Picrow, Inc. 44%
  56. Sleepy Hollow (18 eps.) Twentieth Century Fox Television Worldwide Productions, Inc./ FOX / Twentieth Century Fox 44%
  57. Rosewood (21 eps.) Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation/ FOX / Twentieth Century Fox 43%
  58. Homeland (12 eps.) Pacific 2.1 Entertainment Group, Inc./ Showtime / Twentieth Century Fox 42%
  59. K.C. Undercover (26 eps.) It's a Laugh Productions, Inc./ Disney Channel / Disney/ABC Companies 42%
  60. NCIS: New Orleans (24 eps.) CBS Studios Inc./ CBS / CBS Companies 42%
  61. Supergirl (19 eps.) Warner Bros. Television/ CBS / Warner Bros Companies 42%
  62. Thundermans, The (26 eps.) Uptown Productions Inc./ Nickelodeon / MTV Networks 42%
  63. Tyrant (12 eps.) Atlantic 2.1 Entertainment Group, Inc./ FX / Twentieth Century Fox 42%
  64. New Girl (22 eps.) Twentieth Century Fox Television, a unit of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation/ FOX / Twentieth Century Fox 41%
  65. Broad City (10 eps.) Jax Media, LLC/ Comedy Central / Jax Media, LLC 40%
  66. Girls (10 eps.) Home Box Office, Inc./ HBO / Home Box Office, Inc. 40%
  67. Liv and Maddie (20 eps.) It's a Laugh Productions, Inc./ Disney Channel / Disney/ABC Companies 40%
  68. Marvel's Agent Carter (10 eps.) ABC Studios/ ABC / Disney/ABC Companies 40%
  69. Master of None (10 eps.) Universal Television LLC/ Netflix / NBC Universal 40%
  70. Recovery Road (10 eps.) Prodco, Inc./ ABC Family / Disney/ABC Companies 40%
  71. Satisfaction (10 eps.) Universal Cable Productions LLC/ USA Network / NBC Universal 40%
  72. Survivor's Remorse (10 eps.) Starz Remorse Productions LLC/ Starz! / Starz 40%
  73. Video Synchronicity (10 eps.) Home Box Office, Inc./ HBO / Home Box Office, Inc. 40%

 


DGA’s “Worst Of” List

Below are the shows with the worst records of hiring women and minority directors for the 2015-2016 television season. Shows that are BOLDED also appeared on the DGA’s “Worst Of” list last year.

SHOWS THAT HIRED WOMEN OR MINORITY DIRECTORS
FOR FEWER THAN 15% OF EPISODES
(SOME OF THESE SHOWS DIDN’T HIRE A SINGLE WOMAN OR MINORITY ALL SEASON)


Title | (# of Episodes) | Signatory Company/ Network/ Studio (or Studio Subsidiary) | % of Episodes by Women or Minority Directors:

  1. 11/22/63 (9 eps.) NS Pictures, Inc./ Hulu Plus / Warner Bros Companies 0%
  2. Aquarius (13 eps.) Next Step Productions LLC/ NBC / Tomorrow ITV Studios LLC 0%
  3. Benders (8 eps.) Blink TV, LLC/ IFC / Blink TV, LLC 0%
  4. Berlin Station (10 eps.) Paramount Overseas Productions, Inc./ Epix / Paramount Pictures Corporation 0%
  5. Blunt Talk (10 eps.) Right Here Right Now Productions, LLC/ Starz! / MRC II Holdings, L.P. 0%
  6. Detour, The (9 eps.) Turner North Center Productions, Inc./ TBS / Turner Films, Inc. 0%
  7. Dice (6 eps.) TVM Productions, Inc./ Showtime / Twentieth Century Fox 0%
  8. Difficult People (10 eps.) Jax Media, LLC/ Hulu (SVOD) / Jax Media, LLC 0%
  9. Fargo (10 eps.) Redhawk Productions II LLC/ FX / MGM Television Entertainment Inc. 0%
  10. Galavant (10 eps.) Film 49 Productions, Inc./ ABC / Disney/ABC Companies 0%
  11. Game Shakers (25 eps.) Uptown Productions Inc./ Nickelodeon / MTV Networks 0%
  12. Graves (10 eps.) Graves Productions, Inc./ Epix / Just Rewards Productions, Inc. 0%
  13. Henry Danger (19 eps.) Uptown Productions Inc./ Nickelodeon / MTV Networks 0%
  14. Heroes Reborn (11 eps.) Universal Television LLC/ NBC / NBC Universal 0%
  15. Idiotsitter (10 eps.) Central Productions LLC/ Comedy Central / Central Productions LLC 0%
  16. Impastor (9 eps.) King Street Productions Inc./ TV Land / MTV Networks, a division of Viacom International, Inc. 0%
  17. Into the Badlands (6 eps.) Stalwart Films, LLC/ AMC / Stu Segall Productions, Inc. 0%
  18. It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia (10 eps.) Sunny Television Productions, Inc./ FXX / Sunny Television Productions, Inc. 0%
  19. Longmire (10 eps.) Horizon Scripted Television Inc./ Netflix / Warner Bros Companies 0%
  20. Man Seeking Woman (10 eps.) Minim Productions, Inc./ FXX / Fox Cable Networks, Inc. 0%
  21. Marco Polo (11 eps.) Marco Polo Productions Asia Sdn Bhd/ Netflix / Marco Polo Productions Asia Sdn Bhd 0%
  22. Maron (13 eps.) TVM Productions, Inc./ IFC / Twentieth Century Fox 0%
  23. Muppets, The (16 eps.) ABC Studios/ ABC / Disney/ABC Companies 0%
  24. Of Kings and Prophets (9 eps.) Film 49 Productions, Inc./ ABC / Disney/ABC Companies 0%
  25. School of Rock (13 eps.) Uptown Productions Inc./ Nickelodeon / MTV Networks 0%
  26. Shannara Chronicles, The (10 eps.) On-Site Productions Inc./ MTV / MTV Networks 0%
  27. Stranger Things (8 eps.) Camp Hero Productions, LLC/ Netflix / Netflix Studios, LLC 0%
  28. Those Who Can't (9 eps.) That's Fantastic LLC/ TruTV / That's Fantastic LLC 0%
  29. Vice Principals (18 eps.) Home Box Office, Inc./ HBO / Home Box Office, Inc. 0%
  30. Workaholics (10 eps.) 50/50 Productions, LLC/ Comedy Central / Avalon Television, Inc. 0%
  31. Big Bang Theory, The (24 eps.) Warner Bros. Television/ CBS / Warner Bros Companies 8%
  32. Crowded (12 eps.) Universal Television LLC/ NBC / NBC Universal 8%
  33. Guide to Surviving Life, The (12 eps.) Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation/ FOX / Twentieth Century Fox 8%
  34. Lady Dynamite (13 eps.) Funny Trio Productions, LLC/ Netflix / Netflix Studios, LLC 8%
  35. Marvel's Daredevil (13 eps.) Marvel Eastern Productions LLC/ Netflix / Disney/ABC Companies 8%
  36. Family, The (11 eps.) ABC Studios/ ABC / Disney/ABC Companies 9%
  37. Gotham (22 eps.) Warner Bros. Television/ FOX / Warner Bros Companies 9%
  38. Ray Donovan (11 eps.) Showtime Pictures Development Company/ Showtime / Showtime Pictures Development Company 9%
  39. Ballers (10 eps.) Home Box Office, Inc./ HBO / Home Box Office, Inc. 10%
  40. Better Call Saul (10 eps.) Woodridge Productions, Inc./ AMC / Sony Companies 10%
  41. Faking It (10 eps.) On-Site Productions Inc./ MTV / MTV Networks 10%
  42. Kingdom (20 eps.) Navy Street Productions, LLC/ DirecTV / Endemol Studios 10%
  43. Librarians, The (10 eps.) Leverage Productions, Inc./ TNT / Electric Global Holdings, Inc. 10%
  44. Love (10 eps.) Alameda Productions, LLC/ Netflix / Alameda Productions, LLC 10%
  45. Powers (10 eps.) Mesquite Productions, Inc./ Playstation Plus / Sony Companies 10%
  46. Royals, The (10 eps.) Privileged Productions Limited/ E! / Lions Gate Television Inc. 10%
  47. Black Sails (9 eps.) Starz Pirates Productions, LLC/ Starz! / Starz 11%
  48. Blood & Oil (9 eps.) ABC Studios/ ABC / Disney/ABC Companies 11%
  49. Man in the High Castle, The (9 eps.) Reunion: MITHC Amazon Productions Inc./ Amazon Prime / Reunion Pictures Inc. 11%
  50. Scream (9 eps.) Next Production, LLC/ MTV / Episodic Productions, Inc. 11%
  51. 100, The (15 eps.) Bonanza Productions Inc./ CW / Warner Bros Companies 13%
  52. Goliath (8 eps.) Picrow, Inc./ Amazon Prime / Picrow, Inc. 13%
  53. iZombie (15 eps.) Bonanza Productions Inc./ CW / Warner Bros Companies 13%
  54. Magicians, The (8 eps.) Universal Cable Productions LLC/ Syfy / NBC Universal 13%
  55. Wicked City (8 eps.) ABC Studios/ ABC / Disney/ABC Companies 13%
  56. Beauty & the Beast (7 eps.) BATB IV Productions Inc./ CW / Take 5 Productions Inc. 14%
  57. Hell on Wheels (14 eps.) HOW S5 Productions Inc./ AMC / Entertainment One Television Productions Ltd 14%

Series that are primarily directed by one director for the entire season were included in the overall data, but are not singled out in the lists above. Similarly, foreign series shot abroad with a significant number of episodes that were not covered by a DGA agreement were also not included in the lists above, but the episodes that were made under a DGA agreement were included in the overall statistics. Examples of series that met either criteria include: Downton Abbey, The Knick, Louie, Mom, Narcos, Tyler Perry’s series on OWN (For Better or Worse, If Loving You is Wrong, Love Thy Neighbor, The Haves and Have Nots), and Undateable.

Click here for the DGA’s August 2016 diversity study on the hiring of first-time episodic television directors.


About the Directors Guild of America

In the 80 years since its founding in 1936, the DGA has fought for the economic and creative rights of its members; protected their ability to financially benefit from the reuse of their work; established strong pension and health plans; and established jurisdiction in new technologies and distribution platforms. Today we represent more than 16,000 directors and members of the directorial team working in film, television, commercials, new media and other audiovisual media.

For more information about the DGA’s diversity efforts, visit www.dga.org/The-Guild/Diversity .


The DGA compiled the statistics in this report using information provided by production companies pursuant to the reporting requirements of its various collective bargaining agreements. Prior to publication, the DGA also requested verification of the statistics from each individual show or, if applicable, from labor relations representatives for each show. If a show or its labor relations representatives failed to verify a show's statistics, the DGA attempted to validate the show's statistics using its own and publicly available information. All figures in this report are rounded to the nearest percentage.



Appendix A – 2015-2016 In Comparison With Previous Year

Comparing figures for 2015-2016 with 2014-2015, this year’s report shows that:

  • The percentage of episodes directed by Caucasian males decreased from 69% to 67%;
  • The percentage of episodes directed by minority males increased from 15% to 16%;
  • The percentage of episodes directed by Caucasian females increased 13% to 14%; and
  • The percentage of episodes directed by minority females remained static at 3%.


Additional Data

Click the links below to download PDF spreadsheets of the full DGA Episodic Diversity Report organized by specific criteria:

Report by % of Episodes Directed by Women & Minorities (PDF)

Report by % of Episodes Directed by Women (PDF)

Report by % of Episodes Directed by Minorities (PDF)

Report by Show Title (PDF)

Report by Signatory Company (PDF)

Report by Studio (PDF)

Report by Network (PDF)

For any questions regarding the data included in these spreadsheets, please contact Lily Bedrossian at 310-289-5333 or email lbedrossian@dga.org. 

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