7.20.2004

Scene 1, Take 1: CALLING ALL CUPCAKES - "THE INDUSTRY" NEEDS YOU

[Cue superhero theme as shot cuts to giant cupcake projected into the sky over Los Angeles]:

From today's New York Times Arts Briefing (thank you, Lawrence Van Gelder):
TV'S CLOSED DOORS Female directors and directors from minorities continue to be absent from the credits of some of the best-known series on television, a new report from the Directors Guild of America says. In statistics compiled from the top 40 prime-time drama and comedy series of the 2003-4 season, the guild said 86 percent of the 865 episodes, a total of 741 shows, were directed by white men. Of the rest, women directed 60, or 7 percent; African Americans, 49, or 6 percent; Latinos, 16, or 2 percent; and Asian Americans 10, or 1 percent. (Eleven episodes were directed by women who were also members of minority groups; these episodes were counted twice.) Of the top 40 shows, 15 hired no women directors; 10 hired no minority directors, and 6 excluded both women and minority directors, the report said.

That's why we love you, Hollywood -- because you're so classy.

-Lauren
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