DGA Marks Inclusion Milestones on the Eve of Awards Ceremony

  • Variety
Two months ago, the Directors Guild of America heralded a major milestone in its long push for inclusion in the television industry.

The DGA’s episodic television director inclusion report found that half of all TV episodes in the 2018-19 season were directed by women or directors of color for the first time.

“Inclusion has been a priority of our guild for a very long time as we’ve pushed the studios, networks and producers to do better in their hiring,” DGA president Thomas Schlamme said. “While change had been glacial in past years, we’re pleased and incredibly encouraged to see the recent commitment undertaken by the industry.”

The DGA’s report noted that the overall percentage of women and people of color had increased from 2018’s prior high of 42.5%, and from 21% five years ago. The percentage of episodes directed by women grew to a record 31%, more than doubling in the past five years.
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