Diversity in Writers Rooms? Think Again…

Interesting, but sad, article in this morning’s Variety… detailing the WGA’s 2009 Hollywood Writers Report about diversity amongst writers.  And it turns out… there isn’t much.

“White males continue to dominate in both the film and television
sectors,” says Darnell Hunt, the UCLA professor who wrote the study. “Although women and minorities closed the
earnings gaps with white men in television a bit, the earnings gaps in
film grew. These findings are clearly out of step with a nation that
elected its first African American president in 2008, a nation in which
more than half of the population is female and nearly a third is

Based on 2007 statistics, one of the more noticeable differences is in the annual income of “diverse” feature writers versus the annual income of white male feature writers.  Minority writers earned $61,912; white male writers earned $98,875; this is an even wider gap than four years earlier in 2003, where the difference was only $87,392 versus $90,476.

Click HERE to read the entire story…

Or click HERE to get the actual WGA report.

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  1. SWM

    Wanda’s said about half her staff is minority. MAD MEN is notorious for the number of women in its room. COUGAR TOWN staffed as many high level female writers as it could get. Every single agent in town knows the best way to sell a new writer is by saying they’re "diverse". Almost every new writer program emphasizes diversity, even those that say they mean diversity of experience. In fact, WB has to explicitly state that they want the best writers and that they don’t care about diversity. When programs looking to discover new talent have to say that they want the best writers and not the most diverse people, there’s a problem with the system. Though I do think the bigger problem is with white guys creating BROTHERS and CLEVELAND SHOW.