Guests on evening news shows are primarily male, even on progressive shows:
This was the most surprising to me, as even conservatives like Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly have more female guests (still around a third) than their liberal counterparts. Bookers have work to do:
There were 730 male invitees — 72 percent of all guests — and 285 female invitees on all the shows, combined. With 36 percent of his guests being female, O’Reilly came closer to gender parity than other mainstream cable show hosts.
Sunday talk show guests are white and male and boring:
This is a particularly egregious category, with the vast majority of guests being white and the vast majority being male. Again, while younger media watchers might be less inclined to be concerned about this category, the Sunday shows have a lot of clout in DC power circles.
Overall, in 2014, 61 percent of expert guests were white men; 20 percent were white women; 14 percent were non-white men; and the remaining guests were non-white women. Overall, men accounted for 70 percent of all guests
TV and film decision makers are largely dudes, and white:
As Flavorwire’s Pilot Viruet demonstrated in her investigation of diversity in television, the overall landscape remains hostile to multicultural and female-driven content, despite some bright spots. This holds true both both in TV and film.
Speaking characters in film and TV are a little more diverse, but barely:
In the visual media we consume, the picture remains mostly white. In film, in 2013: “14.1 percent of speaking characters were black; 4.9 percent were Hispanic; 4.4 percent were Asian; 1.1 percent were Middle Eastern; less than 1 percent was American Indian or Alaskan Native; and 1.2 percent were some other ethnicity.”
In entertainment (i.e., non-news) TV, the results were minimally better:
New directors being tapped for TV are still mostly guys:
One of the most interesting figures in the report referred to the pipeline. It wasn’t just that white, male directors were already working, the numbers say — it’s that they are still dominating new hires:
For five years ending with the 2013-2014 television season, males comprised 82 percent of Hollywood workers who were tapped to direct their first episode of a TV series, according to a Directors Guild of America report. Among those 479 directors, 87 percent were white.
Sundance distribution is more indie for female, more mainstream for male directors:
In the indie world, the disparity is less pronounced but still there. For instance, the majority (70 percent) of female-directed Sundance debuts went on to get indie distribution, compared to 56 percent of male movies: “On the flip side, 43.1 percent of male-directed Sundance films and 29.8 percent of female-directed Sundance films were distributed by those more financially well off studios.”
The top 100 movies are totally dominated by male directors, writers, and producers:
Men comprised over 98 percent of directors for the top 100 movies in 2013. And it gets worse: “By a ratio of 5.3 to 1 — a rate roughly the same as 2012 — male film directors, writers and producers outnumbered women among the 1,374 persons in those three categories.”