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Racial and Gender Diversity in Theatrical Film Regresses to 2019 Levels (Study)

The regression from the so-called racial reckoning of 2020 can be seen in representation and inclusion in film as well, according to the latest UCLA Hollywood Diversity Report. This year, in separating employment data between theatrical and straight-to-streaming features, “the gains in diversity for theatrical releases melted away,” researchers found, noting that gender and racial […]

Men Out-Talk Women Almost Three to One in the Movies, Study Finds

In the movies, women are talking (as Mark Wahlberg put it) — but not as much as the men. Male-speaking characters outnumbered their female counterparts 63 percent to 37 percent in the 100 highest-grossing domestic films of 2022, according to the latest “It’s a Man’s (Celluloid) World” report from San Diego State’s Center for the […]

Movies Starring Women of Color Hit 16-Year High in 2022, Study Finds

The latest Hollywood diversity study actually has some positive news to report: Popular movies starring women of color hit a 16-year high in 2022, according to USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. The research group’s annual breakdown of the demographics of movie leads has added the latest yearly batch of 100 domestic top-grossing films, making “Inequality Across […]

Latest Diversity Reports From USC, SDSU Reveal Room for Improvement Behind the Camera

As 2023 dawns, two major academic organizations that measure the progress of inclusion in Hollywood are looking back at the track record for 2022 in film. The USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative’s latest “Inclusion in the Director’s Chair” report analyzes the gender and race/ethnicity of the directors behind last year’s 100 highest-grossing movies in the U.S., […]

Study: Latino Immigrant Representation on TV Decreases, Black and API Immigrants Up (Exclusive)

Representation of immigrant characters continues to be a work in progress, according to the third study between the immigrant culture change organization Define American and the USC Norman Lear Center’s Media Impact Project. Over the past two television seasons, representation of Black and Asian Pacific Islander (API) immigrant characters at least doubled, but that coincided […]

Study Finds Racial Disparity in Writers’ Compensation and Showrunner Opportunities

In 2019, the upstart Think Tank for Inclusion and Equity, a diverse consortium of working television writers, released its first official project, the Behind the Scenes: The State of Inclusion & Equity in TV Writing report, which surveyed 282 peers — approximately a tenth of all staffed writers at the time — about the barriers […]