Women, people of color get smaller TV budgets, study finds

Shows with diverse casts — like “FBI,” “Bridgerton,” and “Snowpiercer” — are popular with audiences, but white men are given more opportunities to direct series with sizeable budgets than women and people of color study released Thursday, according to a UCLA study.

The 2022 Hollywood Diversity Report, which includes data from the 2020-2021 season, finds that the television industry has so far failed to deliver on promises made by executives in recent years to bring more diversity into the writers’ rooms and producer’s ranks, particularly when it about going to big budget shows.

“The next few years could be a test of whether Hollywood is truly committed to the changes they promised during the reckoning of the nation in the wake of George Floyd’s murder,” said Ana-Christina Ramón, director of the Entertainment and Media Research Initiative at UCLA, which is preparing the report.

Though sizeable-budget series like HBO’s House of the Dragon and Prime Video’s The Rings of Power attract large audiences and significant media attention, a revealing result from the 2020-21 data shows that women and people of color — albeit they gain representation across all platforms – they do not receive the same financial support as their white male counterparts.

“We’ve seen an increase in opportunities for people of color and women to get their shows greenlit, which should be a sign of progress,” Ramón said. “However, when we examined the episodic budgets of all television series, we see a strong pattern indicating that shows created by people of color and women tended to receive lower budgets than those created by white men, particularly in the digital space.”

While nearly half of white men had budgets in excess of $3 million per episode, creators of color rarely reached that level, according to the study. Women fared much worse.

“Diversity initiatives are traditionally the first to be cut or sacrificed when economic downturns hit,” said Darnell Hunt, UCLA executive vice chancellor and provost. “We see it from the beginning [Warner Bros. Discovery] cuts. But to reverse efforts before justice is truly achieved for women and people of color would be a gross miscalculation. Any cost savings that studios are realizing now, at the expense of deterring a diverse audience who expects a greater presence on their TV shows, does not make economic sense in the long run.”

UCLA’s Hollywood Diversity Report provides a consistent analysis of the past 11 years of film and television using independently collected race, ethnicity, and gender identity information about actors, writers, directors, and show creators. Read the full report here.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/tv/story/2022-10-27/ucla-diversity-report-tv-episodic-budgets Women, people of color get smaller TV budgets, study finds

Sarah Ridley

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