Key findings from the 'whitewashed' Hollywood report

A study to be released Monday by the Media, Diversity and Social Change Initiative at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is one of the most exhaustive and damning reports on diversity in the film and television industries.

See Full Article

Researchers examined films released in 2014 by the major film studios, as well as prime-time first-run scripted series that aired from Sept. 1, 2014, to Aug. 31, 2015, from major broadcast, cable and streaming networks. Altogether, the study examined 109 films and 305 series. Research covered speaking characters, writers, directors, show runners and media company executives.

Some of its key findings:

IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA

- Female characters fill 28.7 per cent of all speaking roles in film.

- 28.3 per cent of speaking characters in film and scripted series were minorities, 9.6 percent less than their proportion in the U.S. population.

- 2 per cent of speaking characters were identified as LGBT.

- In scripted series, less than 40 per cent of all speaking characters were girls and women.

- 18 per cent of all films and series were gender balanced; 8 per cent of films were gender balanced.

- Among characters 40 years of age older, 74.3 per cent were men and 25.7 per cent were women.

BEHIND THE CAMERA

- Only 3.4 per cent of film directors were female out of 4,284 directors in film and scripted series.

- 87 per cent of directors were white.

- Among 6,421 writers, 71.1 per cent were male and 28.9 per cent were female.

- 77.4 per cent of show creators in television and digital series were male; 28.9 per cent were female.

- Films and series with a female director had 5.4 per cent more girls or women on screen than those directed by men.

- Roughly 20 per cent of corporate boards, chief executives and executive management teams were women.

MEDIA COMPANY PERFORMANCE

- In an 'inclusivity index' test of 10 major media company's performance of on-screen portrayals and gender equality behind the camera, no film distributor earned a final grade above 30 per cent inclusivity. Fox scored 5 per cent; NBC Universal scored 10 per cent; Sony scored 20 per cent; the Walt Disney Co. scored 5 per cent; Time Warner scored 0 per cent; and Viacom scored 20 per cent.

- The Walt Disney Co. and the CW Network scored best in television, each with a score of 70 per cent inclusivity. Time Warner scored 15 per cent; Fox and CBS scored 20 per cent; NBC Universal and Netflix scored 25 per cent; Viacom scored 50 per cent; and Amazon and Hulu scored 65 per cent.



Advertisements

Latest Entertainment News

  • Sia and filmmaker-husband Erik Anders Lang separate

    Entertainment Toronto Sun
    NEW YORK — Grammy-nominated singer Sia and her filmmaker-husband, Erik Anders Lang, are separating. In a statement released through a spokesperson Wednesday, Sia and Lang said “after much soul searching and consideration we have made the decision to separate as a couple. Source
  • Russell Crowe will not face charges over Azealia Banks altercation

    Entertainment Toronto Sun
    Russell Crowe will not face charges over his altercation with rapper Azealia Banks. The 212 star accused the actor of spitting on her, calling her derogatory names and carrying her out of his hotel suite in Beverly Hills following an incident at a dinner party in October, and when the Oscar winner refused to apologize, she filed a police report. Source
  • Johnny Depp named most overpaid actor in Hollywood

    Entertainment Toronto Sun
    Johnny Depp has ended 2016 on another low note after he was named and shamed as the most overpaid actor in Hollywood for a second consecutive year. Fresh off his bitter divorce from actress Amber Heard, the Pirates of the Caribbean star has topped the annual Forbes poll, thanks to the lacklustre returns from his most recent releases, including the blockbuster Alice Through the Looking Glass. Source
  • Review: Ebullient 'La La Land' is something to sing about

    Entertainment CTV News
    Musical lovers, take a bow. Your favourite art form is having quite the cultural moment. On Broadway, of course, we've got the "Hamilton" phenomenon, making the stage musical feel more vital and relevant than it has in years. Source
  • Judge refuses Brad Pitt's request to seal custody filings

    Entertainment CTV News
    LOS ANGELES -- A judge on Wednesday rejected Brad Pitt's request to seal details about custody arrangements in his divorce from Angelina Jolie Pitt. Los Angeles Superior Court Richard J. Burdge Jr. denied Pitt's request in a brief written order that states the filing did not meet the requirements for sealing details at this time. Source
  • 'Miss Sloane' director John Madden on filming U.S. gun control drama in Canada

    Entertainment CTV News
    TORONTO -- In making a thriller with the issue of U.S. gun control at its core, British director John Madden says he felt at home filming "Miss Sloane" in Canada. In theatres Friday, the film stars Jessica Chastain as a powerful and cutthroat lobbyist in Washington, D.C. Source
  • Brooke Shields' gift list sweetens sales for Vermont syrup

    Entertainment CTV News
    BRATTLEBORO, Vt. -- Brooke Shields' gift list is sweetening a Vermont family farm's sale of maple syrup. The 109-year-old Robb Family Farm in Brattleboro says it's seen a 60 per cent jump in sales since the actress listed the syrup among her 12 best holiday gifts for women. Source
  • Auction of Shirley Temple items includes childhood tap shoes

    Entertainment CTV News
    DALLAS -- Two pairs of tap shoes belonging to the child movie star Shirley Temple have sold at auction for $20,000. Heritage Auctions says a diamond ring given to the child who sang and danced her way into moviegoers' hearts by her father fetched $137,500. Source
  • Neil Young tackles pipeline, technology on 'Peace Trail'

    Entertainment CTV News
    Prolific rocker Neil Young is at his curmudgeonly best on "Peace Trail," bemoaning his place in the current generation while standing up for his decades-long commitment to fighting for the underdog. In that way, the largely acoustic "Peace Trail" is representative of late-career Young. Source
  • Tom Jackson puts on impromptu concert for snowed-in travellers in Manitoba

    Entertainment CTV News
    VIRDEN, Man. -- Travellers stranded by a blizzard in a Manitoba town got a treat on Tuesday night when singer Tom Jackson put on an impromptu concert in the storm shelter. A dump of snow and howling wind shut down the Trans-Canada highway at the Manitoba-Saskatchewan boundary, which forced people to hunker down in the town of Virden. Source