DGA Study Highlights Record Number of Minority First-Time TV Directors


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Dean Zanetos is a film and television producer, screenwriter, and director, who also serves as the chairman of Broadcast 3DTV. Supplementing his professional pursuits in the creative arts, Dean Zanetos holds membership in the Directors Guild of America (DGA).

Comprising more than 16,000 members, the DGA is the leading professional organization for film and television directors. For over two decades, the DGA has been promoting diversity among working directors. The guild recently released a study that revealed the fruits of those efforts.

Since 2009, the DGA has been issuing annual surveys to examine and understand trends in first-time director hires for television series. The survey results showed that over the past eight years, the percentage of ethnic minority first-time directors has more than doubled, from 12 percent in 2009 to 24.9 percent in 2016. The largest increase was from 2015 to 2016.

Similarly, 32 percent of first-time hires in 2016 were women, which is the highest percentage since the figures were first tracked in 2009. The previous high was 24.1 percent, which was recorded in both 2012 and 2015. In addition to the surveys, the DGA has led various diversity initiatives over the past 30 years, including ongoing meetings with networks and studios as well as collective bargaining gains requiring studios to operate diversity programs.


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