Toward Parity In New TV Shows
Working with industry sources of parity related data, Variety has identified 88 key roles in 34 scripted shows debuting on broadcast in fall 2018 and beyond. This chart shows the level of gender disparity for main TV networks series – Source: Variety.com.
Parity still hasn’t been hit yet, even if the new series that have sprouted up for the 2018-19 television season are taking notable steps to be more inclusive in not only its casting but also with key creative roles, according to Danielle Turchiano, associate features editor at the well known entertainment industry news magazine Variety.
Working with industry sources of parity related data, Variety has identified 88 key roles in 34 scripted shows debuting on broadcast in fall 2018 and beyond. Among these roles across the five major networks (ABC, CBS, the CW, Fox, NBC) are 42% women and 42% people of color. Breaking it down further, Variety has identified 18% women of color in these roles.
When analyzing parity using data of those behind-the-scenes in executive producer roles, Variety found that 34% are women this year, while 10.7% are people of color (2.68% are women of color).
Of course, there will be personnel changes from pick-up to premiere that may alter these numbers slightly. CBS’ “The Code” and NBC’s “In Between” have already announced recasting for a key role each, while many series from first-time creators will surely be looking to attached a seasoned showrunner. Other executive producers attached to the pilot may not stay for the series.
But thus far, for the most part, parity through inclusion has already increased from last television season, when with 46 lead and co-lead actor roles, 35% were female and 20% were non-white. On the executive producer side last year, 29% were women and 10% were non-white.