Men lie. Women lie. Numbers get it right more often than not. A recent study conducted by the Writer’s Guild of America, West (WGAW) reveals a huge lack of racial and gender diversity at
TV stations such as MTV, HBO and many others.
WGAW is the labor union that reps US writers for TV, movies and a variety of other media lanes. For the 2011-2012 TV season, roughly 30% of the writers were women and approximately 15% of the writers were minorities.
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The study broke down the racial and gender diversity among 28 television networks and revealed that BET had the best diversity with 55% of their writers being women and 95% being minorities. For MTV, 42% of their writers were women and only 22% were minorities. HBO, Cartoon Network, Comedy Central, Starz, Fox, USA Network, Spike TV and FX had under 25% of their writers being minorities and/or women.
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TV shows such as Showtime’s “Homeland”, NBC’s “The Big Bang Theory” and ABC’s “Modern Family” were nominated and/or won Emmys at the 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards in September 2012. None of those three shows mentioned above had over 25% of their writers being minority and/or females with “Homeland” having 0% of their writers being minorities.
Check out the full report here and the charts of the WGAW data below: