Life The US has a record number of female TV directors By weekster Posted on November 19, 2019 2 min read Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ American television is behind the scenes taking major steps forward in terms of diversity. For the first time, half of all TV productions in the 2018-2019 season were made by a director of the female gender or with a multicultural background, according to a study by the association of American directors. Last year it was 42.5 percent and five years ago it was 21 percent. “Although change was slow, we are very happy and motivated by the results of the TV industry” According to Variety, the study shows that the number of TV productions directed by women has doubled in the past five years to 31 percent. The number of episodes that was directed by African-American, Latin-American or Asian directors has risen to 27 percent, an increase of 40 percent in the last five years. “Diversity has been a priority for our guild for a long time. We have encouraged studios, TV channels and producers to do better when hiring people,” said Thomas Schlamme, Directors Guild of America. “Although change was slow, we are very happy and motivated by the results of the TV industry.” The research is based on more than 4300 episodes produced in the 2018-2019 TV season. Disney / ABC hires the most female directors, followed by HBO and film studio 20th Century Fox.