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Diversity & Representation Diversity improves among TV actors, but executives still overwhelmingly white and male

Even with movements like BLM taking over the headlines as of October 2020 executives in the industry are majority white and male. With gatekeepers approving and endorsing stories that echo their experience, it leaves little room for diverse story telling. Companies like The Crossborder Company have set a mission to fight back with more diversity in both the writer’s room, with clients and with leadership.

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Women held 28.6% of show creator titles for digital programs, 28.1% for broadcast and 22.4% for cable.

Among other findings in the report:

  • Black actors reached proportional representation (12.9%) among lead actors in cable scripted shows in 2017–18 and lead actors in cable scripted programs (14.1%) in 2018–19. Black actors were also overrepresented in total cast diversity for broadcast (18.0%) and cable shows (18.2%) in 2018–19. The U.S. population is about 13% Black.
  • Latinos and Asian Americans remain significantly underrepresented in nearly all industry positions.
  • There is minimal presence in any job category for people of Middle Eastern and North African descent, and virtually zero representation for Native Americans.