Letter from Chair of NALIP
Dear NALIP members and friends:
We wish Kathryn Galán the best on her well deserved three-month sabbatical and are so thrilled that Beni Matias has agreed to serve as NALIP's Interim Executive Director. Beni was a founding board member of NALIP, she is an experienced producer and organizational leader, and ran our first NALIP conference in 1999. She already hard at work with the staff, board, and partners preparing for the 2012 conference taking place on April 13-15, 2012 at the Sheraton Universal Hotel In Universal City, Los Angeles, CA. Mark your calendars!
Beni can be reached for NALIP business or comments at Beni@nalip.org
Maria Agui Carter
NALIP Board Chair
DGA Report Assesses Director Diversity in Hiring Practices for Episodic Television
The Directors Guild of America today released a report analyzing the ethnicity and gender of directors hired to direct primetime episodic television across broadcast, basic cable and premium cable.
The DGA analyzed more than 2,600 episodes produced in the 2010-2011 television season from more than 170 scripted television series. The report showed that Caucasian males directed 77% of all episodes; Caucasian females directed 11% of all episodes; minority males directed 11% of all episodes and minority females directed just 1% of all episodes. Among one-hour series, Caucasian males directed 80% of episodes, and in half-hour series, Caucasian males directed 74% of all episodes.
The shows highlighted below are from major production companies ABC, CBS, Fox, HBO, NBC, Sony, Warner Bros. and other production companies whose shows appear on broadcast, basic cable and premium cable networks. They do not include series that have been cancelled. First-year shows are broken out separately because hiring decisions on first-year shows are often made differently than shows in their second seasons or beyond. Pilots are not included in the statistics. Shows that primarily hired only one or two directors for the entire season [Big Bang Theory; Eastbound and Down; The Game; How I Met Your Mother; It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia; The League; Louie; Retired at 35; Two and a Half Men] were included in the overall data, but are not singled out in the lists below.
DGA's "WORST OF" Lists
Following are the shows with the worst records of hiring women and minority directors for the 2010-2011 television season:
9 SHOWS HIRED NO WOMEN AND NO MINORITY DIRECTORS:
Title (Production Company) - Percentage of Episodes by Women or Minority Directors:
. Bored to Death (HBO) - 0%
. Burn Notice (TVM Productions/Fox) - 0%
. Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO) - 0%
. Fringe (Warner Bros.) - 0%
. iCarly (Uptown Productions/MTV/Viacom) - 0%
. Justified (Woodridge Productions/CPT Holdings/Sony) - 0%
. Leverage (Leverage Productions) - 0%
. Victorious (Uptown Productions/MTV/Viacom) - 0%
. Weeds (Weeds Productions) - 0%
16 SHOWS HIRED WOMEN OR MINORITY DIRECTORS FOR FEWER THAN 15% OF EPISODES:
Title (Production Company) - Percentage:
. House (NBC) - 4%
. The Office (NBC) - 4%
. CSI (CBS) - 5%
. Supernatural (NS Pictures) - 5%
. Good Luck Charlie (It's a Laugh Productions) - 6%
. Army Wives (ABC) - 8%
. Boardwalk Empire (HBO) - 9%
. Bones (Fox) - 9%
. Cougar Town (FTP Productions/ABC) - 9%
. Desperate Housewives (ABC) - 9%
. True Blood (HBO) - 10%
. Dark Blue (Horizon Scripted Television) - 10%
. Castle (ABC) - 13%
. NCIS (CBS) - 13%
. Modern Family (Fox) - 13%
. Gossip Girl (Warner Bros.) - 14%
The DGA noted that some series on the DGA's "WORST OF" lists showed worrisome declines from their previous year hiring patterns. Burn Notice, House and Army Wives hired women or minority directors at significantly higher rates in 2009-2010 but failed to maintain the diversity of their hiring practices for the most recent television season.
DGA's "BEST OF" List
At the same time, the following shows deserve to be highlighted for their more diverse hiring records in 2010-2011:
SHOWS THAT HIRED WOMEN OR MINORITY DIRECTORS FOR AT LEAST 30% OF EPISODES:
Title (Production Company) - Percentage:
. The Middle (Warner Bros.) - 63%
. Hung (HBO) - 60%
. In Treatment (HBO) - 54%
. 90210 (CBS) - 45%
. Treme (HBO) - 45%
. The Good Wife (CBS) - 39%
. Drop Dead Diva (Woodridge Productions/CPT Holdings/Sony) - 38%
. CSI: NY (CBS) - 36%
. Private Practice (ABC) - 36%
. Rules of Engagement (Montrose Productions/CPT Holdings/Sony) - 35%
. Nurse Jackie (Nurse Productions/Lions Gate) - 33%
. Grey's Anatomy (ABC) - 32%
. CSI: Miami (CBS) - 32%
. In Plain Sight (NBC) - 31%
. Mad Men (U.R.O.K. Productions/Lions Gate) - 31%
. 30 Rock (NBC) - 30%
Although the DGA study did not include shows whose first season of production took place during 2010-2011 in the "WORST OF" and "BEST OF" lists above, the DGA feels that it is important to call attention to those shows that have already exhibited unfavorable patterns in their first season with the hope that such attention will help encourage these series to consider more diverse hiring practices in the future.
"WORST OF" First-Year Series
. Franklin & Bash (Woodridge Productions/CPT Holdings/Sony) - 0%
. Hot in Cleveland (King Street) - 0%
. Nikita (NS Pictures) - 0%
. Teen Wolf (On Site Productions/MTV/Viacom) - 0%
. Melissa and Joey (Prodco) - 3%
. Raising Hope (Fox) - 5%
. Breakout Kings (Fox) - 8%
. Harry's Law (Bonanza Productions/Warner Bros.) - 9%
. Hawaii Five-0 (Eye Productions/CBS) - 13%
Separately, the DGA congratulates the first-year shows, highlighted below, that have already demonstrated a commitment to diverse hiring practices.
"BEST OF" First-Year Series
. Let's Stay Together (Breakdown Productions/BET) - 100%
. Are We There Yet? (AWTY Productions) - 86%
. Pair of Kings (It's a Laugh Productions) - 50%
. The Walking Dead (Stalwart Films/Stu Segall Productions) - 50%
. The Killing (Killing Productions/TVM Productions/Fox) - 46%
. Body of Proof (Paige Productions/ABC) - 33%
. Pretty Little Liars (Horizon Scripted Television) - 33%
In the 2009-2010 television season, Caucasian males directed 75% of the episodes surveyed; Caucasian females directed 11% of episodes; minority males directed 12% of episodes; and minority females directed 2% of episodes. While the figures remained static for Caucasian females in 2010-2011, the percentage of episodes directed by minority men dropped (from 12% to 11%) and the percentage of episodes directed by minority women dropped by half (from 2% to 1%). The statistics seem to demonstrate that as a whole, most production companies have demonstrated little or no interest or effort in increasing diversity in their hiring practices from year to year.
Over the years, the Guild's African American, Asian, Latino and Women's Committees have held meetings and networking events with producers, networks and studio representatives to introduce talented directors to key producers and television executives.
At the urging of the Guild, several production companies established diversity programs designed to increase the number of women and minority directors and give them exposure to executive producers and others who hire. However, these diversity programs have borne disappointing results.
"It's not enough to just give lip service to the idea of increasing diversity behind the camera," said Paris Barclay, the DGA's First Vice President and Co-Chair of the Diversity Task Force of the DGA National Board. (Barclay also served as an executive producer of In Treatment and is currently an executive producer for Sons of Anarchy.) "These programs are so far failing to live up to their promise. So we're going to take the discussion straight to the people on each show who make the hiring decisions."
The DGA negotiated a new provision in its most recent collective bargaining agreements, which took effect on July 1, which will allow it to meet directly with executives responsible for hiring at the individual show level. Now that the Guild has completed its analysis of diversity hiring practices in the most recent television season, the Guild is scheduling meetings with individual shows to address the problem.
"We are encouraging shows, production companies, and networks when they weigh in, to offer opportunities to up-and-coming directors from all backgrounds," said Lesli Linka Glatter, Board Member and Co-Chair of the Diversity Task Force of the DGA National Board. (Glatter won a DGA Award last year for directing an episode of Mad Men and is currently a co-executive producer for The Playboy Club.) "We've heard the excuses from those responsible for hiring that they don't want to take a chance on a new director. But the truth is that the industry hires new directors all the time; it's just that most of them are white males."
DGA statistics show that of the 130 first-time episodic directors hired in calendar years 2009 and 2010, 78% were Caucasian males, 13% were Caucasian females, 7% were minority males and 2% were minority females.
Barclay added, "The question each producer needs to ask is, 'Am I the type of person who makes excuses or takes action?'"
The DGA compiled the statistics for this report from information provided by the production companies to the DGA pursuant to the requirements of the collective bargaining agreement for episodes produced during the 2010-2011 season, and then made its best effort to validate the statistics with the production companies directly by offering every production company the opportunity to review its own statistics. Some companies failed to verify their statistics.
Call for Applications: Disney | ABC DGA Directing Program
The two-year Disney | ABC DGA Directing Program will be accepting applications October 3-November 23, 2011 for the 2012-14 television seasons. The Los Angeles-based program affords selected participants the chance to shadow veteran episodic directors, and develop relationships with Disney | ABC Television network and studio executives. ABC series currently participating in the program include Body of Proof, Castle, Desperate Housewives, Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice and the new single-camera comedy Suburgatory.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the recently redesigned Program has yielded its first directing assignment from 2010-12 program participant/actor Tony Plana (Ugly Betty) who will direct an episode of Desperate Housewives scheduled to air this fall. Other directors currently participating in the program include One Life to Live director Zetna Fuentes, actor Nicki Micheaux (Lincoln Heights) and comedian/actor/director Rondell Sheridan (That's So Raven).
Those selected to participate in the program will enter the directing talent pool from which executive producers and producing episodic directors of designated ABC Television Network shows will select individuals to shadow on an episode or episodes of their series. Those participants who secure shadowing assignments, which encompass pre-production, shooting and/or post-production (3 or more weeks), will be paid a stipend each week that they are actively shadowing on any aspect of a production. Neither shadowing assignments nor directing assignments are guaranteed, and they are solely at the discretion of producers and Disney | ABC executives. Industry experience is preferred but not required.
Launched in 2001, the Disney | ABC DGA Directing Program is one of the longest- running programs of its kind in the entertainment industry. Please visit www.disneyabctalentdevelopment.com for application, submission guidelines and program requirements. Submissions must be postmarked by November 23, 2011.
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NALIP Discount for John Leguizamo's Ghetto Clown (LA)
Live on stage! John Leguizamo is bringing his award winning Broadway comedy Ghetto Clown to Los Angeles from September 30 - October 16.
"It's hilarious and irresistible - Leguizamo bops, boogies and break-dances across the stage as he re-lives his rollicking subway ride of life from obscurity to celebrity in Hollywood and New York"
- Raved The New York Times.
15 shows only starting Sept. 30 at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre, 1615 Vine Street in Hollywood.
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Deadline Approaching: National Black Programming Consortium's Digital Media Open Call
The BlackPublicMedia.org Open Call awards project requests of up to $20,000 for interactive web and mobile concepts focused on stories about the global black diaspora. Stories can be narrative, documentary, audio, video, etc, as long as they present a unique opportunity for our audience to interact around engaging subject matter. And for the very first time this year we are opening up the call to include "serious games." Selected projects will be published on BlackPublicMedia.org, made available for public broadcasting options, and executive produced by the National Black Programming Consortium.
So are you a producer? Are you a game developer? Do you want to see your own series on BlackPublicMedia.org? Be sure to get your applications in, our deadline for the $20,000 digital grant is approaching next Monday, September 26 by Midnight. Download the guidelines, and submit your online application.