New 2019-20 Broadcast Shows Hit Parity for Female Leads But See Fewer Roles for People of Color

Variety | 5/16/2019 | Danielle Turchiano
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As another year of new broadcast series orders comes to a close, and while parity has been achieved when looking at the division of male-female lead and co-lead roles on new series, the percentage of those roles for people of color, as well as executive-producer positions for women and people of color, actually declined when compared to last season. In the case of two networks — Fox and NBC — there are no women of color in executive producer roles in new series.

Working with industry sources, Variety has identified 102 key roles in 35 new scripted shows that will debut on broadcast television in the fall of 2019 and beyond. Among these roles across the five major networks (ABC, CBS, the CW, Fox, NBC) are 54% women and 35% people of color. Breaking it down further, Variety has identified 20.5% women of color in these roles.

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Meanwhile, behind the scenes, Variety identified 29% women in executive producer roles, with 16% people of color (3% women of color). These percentages encompass all executive producers, not just creators and/or showrunners, as not all showrunners were set as of press time.

“Our goal is to have the industry represent the population of the United States. Fifty-one percent of the population is female; 19% is women of color; that’s what this industry should look like in front of and behind the camera,” says Kirsten Schaffer, executive director of Women In Film, who is also on the executive team of ReFrame.

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“Incremental change, and consistent change, is what is really important to us. The change that really needs to happen is in bringing more people into the fold in the first place and then elevating them. So it will be interesting to see how many female writers are in those writers’ rooms and how they’re moving up —...
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