According to a recent study by the Writers Guild of America West, women, minority and older television writers remain underemployed. The LA Times points out the report’s finding that though “minority writers’ share of TV employment increased from 7.5% to 15.6%, with much of the gains occurring among Asian and Latino writers… minorities remained proportionately underrepresented by a factor of more than 2 to 1 in television staff employment in the 2011-2012 season.”
The report notes that multicultural shows were responsible for these gains. “TV shows employing the highest percentage of minority writers include ‘Criminal Minds,’ ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘Single Ladies,’ ‘Raising Hope’, ‘Reed Between the Lines’ and ‘The Game.'” Women writers’ employment has increased from 25% to 30.5% in the last 12 years. Meanwhile, white males hold 76% of the executive producer jobs.
The author of the report and director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA Darnell Hunt rightly points out, “Much more work must be done on the television diversity front before the corps of writers telling our stories look significantly more like us as a the nation.” said sociology professor , author of the report and director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA.