Study: Women and minority TV directors make modest gains

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Last Updated: Tuesday, November 14, 2017

(AP) The Directors Guild of America says modest gains have been made by women and minority directors in television, but the industry must do more to increase diversity.

A report released Tuesday states that 62 percent of nearly 4,500 television episodes reviewed during the 2016-2017 season were directed by white men.

Non-white directors accounted for 22 percent of all episodes directed last year, while white women were directors on 16 percent of the episodes reviewed.

The numbers reflect low single-digit increases for female and minority directors from previous seasons.

Directors Guild President Thomas Schlamme says the industry must do more to find diverse directors to chip away on the industry's reliance on white directors. Schlamme says if nothing else, finding diverse directors makes good business sense.