UCLA Releases Hollywood Diversity Report
UCLA’s latest Hollywood diversity report, released today, shows that though there were gains in front of and behind the camera, women and minorities remain underrepresented in film and television. Despite representing nearly 40% of the U.S. population, people of color made up just 19.8% of film leads, 21.5% of broadcast scripted leads, 21.3% of cable scripted leads, and 21.3% of digital scripted leads. The study also included evidence that suggests audiences tend to prefer movies and TV shows that feature relatively diverse casts. Researchers have found that films with at least a 20% minority cast have performed the strongest at the global box office (e.g. Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians). The research highlighted FX’s Atlanta’s historic Emmy win and noted that despite some improvements, “the kind of structural change necessary ... simply has not occurred in the film sector.” The authors pointed to shifts in the television industry as a possible new standard for improving diversity in the industry. The study is the sixth in an annual series that looks at the relationships between diversity and the bottom line in the entertainment industry. Read it in its entirety here.