DGA Diversity

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 in Los Angeles. The program focused on education, networking and career development for DGA members through career and craft workshops and a curriculum-based speaker series. In June 2017, the program was expanded to include the East Coast.

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 events from the DDI Speaker Series and Career Workshops.

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.

Mentor and protégé participants in the DGA's pilot mentorship program were announced on May 4, 2017.

Click here to see the press release.

Diversity Reports

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.

Diversity Committees

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 Director Diversity Program

ccccpDuring the 2014 National Commercial Agreement negotiations, the DGA and AICP agreed to establish a diversity program to expand opportunities for directors with an emphasis on increasing diversity in commercials and marketing communications. The program is facilitated in three phases centered around workshops, mentoring, and networking. Participating fellows are given a grant to create a spec commercial that is showcased at an industry premiere at the conclusion of the program.


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  

Betsy Beers and Shonda Rhimes 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.

Frank Bennett Gonzalez
Executive in Charge of Diversity Programs
and Committees
2019 TV Mentorship Program Launch & Craft Workshop

See coverage and photos from the launch of the 2019 DGA Director Development Initiative Television Mentorship Program and the first day of the three-day Craft Workshop

Director Development Initiative Hosts Day-Long Workshop

See photos from this DGA Director Development Initiative workshop where members learned skills designed to help navigate a career as an episodic television director and picked up key strategies for networking.

Higher Percentage of Directing Jobs Going to Women & Directors of Color, but Overall Picture is Mixed

A record high percentage of episodic television directing jobs went to women and directors of color in the 2017-18 TV season, but the overall picture is mixed.

DGA Study Shows Pool of 1st-Time TV Directors is More Inclusive than Ever

The pipeline of new episodic TV directors grew more inclusive in the 2017/18 season.

DGA TV Director Mentorship Program Graduates Inaugural Participants

Part of the DGA’s Director Development Initiative, the new program built upon the Guild’s expanded talent development lineup and push for industry inclusion by pairing early-career directors (protégés) with veteran directors (mentors) who served as their professional guides to the working world of episodic television.

The Good Fight

Over the past 30 years, Guild diversity committees have advanced the cause of women and minority members.