On screen TV has more diversity than the Oscars, with shows such as Black-ish, Transparent, Master of None and The People v OJ Simpson, but behind the scenes the industry remains a man’s world.
The Guardian analyzed the gender diversity of four important behind-the-scenes roles on the latest seasons of the shows nominated for Best Drama, Best Comedy and Best Limited Series: director, writer, cinematographer, and editor.
The research showed that only 30.4% of episodes were directed by women. Cinematography, only 7.1%.
'Roots' and 'The People v OJ Simpson' didn’t have a single woman director. Last time 'Game of Thrones' had a female director was season 4 and a female writer was season 3.
‘Fargo’ has only had men for directing and writing in its two seasons.
‘The Night Manager’, ‘Transparent', ‘American Crime’ and ‘Modern Family’ had women directors for 50% or more of their episodes.
It’s a self-perpetuating machine - the pool of people that get hired come out of the pool of people that have been hired.
When asked about the lack of female directors, one of ‘Better Call Saul’ showrunners, Peter Gould, said that it’s difficult to book women to direct because everyone is trying to hire the same ones.
Michael J McDonald, executive producer of American Crime, on the other hand dismisses that and says that it’s easy because there are hundreds of working women directors, and if you have 22 eps a season, he could name 22 top-notch female directors.source