Hollywood Diversity Report 2018: Five Years of Progress and Missed Opportunities

Hollywood Diversity Report 2018: Five Years of Progress and Missed Opportunities

While people of color and women have made gains in the film and television industry over the last five years, they remain significantly underrepresented, a report from the finds. The report, (84 pages, PDF), analyzed the casts of and talent behind the top two hundred grossing films released in 2016, as well as 1,251 broadcast, cable, and digital-platform television shows from the 2015-16 season, and found that films with casts that included between 21 percent and 30 percent minority actors enjoyed the highest median global box office ticket sales and the highest median return on investment. Yet people of color, who make up 40 percent of the U.S. population, were cast in only 13.9 percent of the lead roles, tapped to direct only 12.6 percent of the productions, and served as writers for only 8.1 percent of the films. Funded by the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA, the , BET Networks, OWN, the Walt Disney Company, and others, the report also found that women were cast in 31.2 percent of the lead roles, tapped to direct 6.9 percent of the productions, and served as writers for only 13.8 percent of the films.

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