DGA “Best of” Lists – Just Curious…

Edited by Maria Giese

One of the positive efforts the Director’s Guild of America makes for its women and ethnic minority director members is to annually publish a list of the episodic TV shows with the “WORST” and “BEST” records of hiring women and ethnic minority directors.

There are two lists for “WORST OF” shows: 1) shows that hired NO women or ethnic minorities at all, and 2) shows that hired women and minorities to direct fewer than 15% of their episodes.

Then, there is a “BEST OF” list!  This list highlights the shows that hired women and ethnic minorities on more than 30% of the episodes for the season.  Those are the shows we want to support.

But we were JUST CURIOUS…

Women are not minorities, we make up 51% of the population.  Some of us don’t believe that, just because we are discriminated against in our industry (resulting in our skewed ratio of membership within our Guild), we should be considered “minorities,” even though we women are comprised of a great and marvelous blend of ethnicities.

So, we wondered what the DGA “BEST OF” list would look like if WE TOOK OUT THE MEN!  Below are the results:

(The whole DGA 2011/2012 Diversity Report is available here: http://www.dga.org/News/PressReleases/2012/092712-DGA-Report-Assesses-Director-Diversity-in-Hiring-Practices.aspx)

DGA “BEST OF” LIST – RECALCULATED BY OUR TEAM:

Alphas (Open 4 Business Productions/SyFy) – DGA “Best of” – 30% – 24 episodes, 4 episodes directed by 3 women – PERCENT OF WOMEN DIRECTORS – 16.6%

Austin & Ally (It’s a Laugh Productions/Disney Channel) – DGA “Best of” – 33% – 32 episodes, ZERO episodes directed by women – PERCENT OF WOMEN DIRECTORS – 0%

Awkward (On Site Productions/MTV) – DGA “Best of” – 50% – 29 episodes, 10 episodes directed by 3 women – PERCENT OF WOMEN DIRECTORS – 34%

Body of Proof  – (FTP Productions/ABC) – DGA “Best of” – 31% – 39 episodes, 9 episodes directed by 2 women – PERCENT OF WOMEN DIRECTORS – 23%

Boss (Boss Kane Productions/Starz!) – DGA “Best of” – 38% – 18 episodes, one directed by a woman – PERCENT OF WOMEN DIRECTORS – 6%

Covert Affairs – (Open 4 Business Productions/USA) – DGA “Best of” – 43% – 42 episodes, 5 episodes directed by 4 women – PERCENT OF WOMEN DIRECTORS – 12%

Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23(Twentieth Century Fox Television/ABC) – DGA “Best of” – 42% – 20 episodes, 6 episodes directed by 4 women – PERCENT OF WOMEN DIRECTORS – 30%

Drop Dead Diva (Woodridge Productions/Lifetime) – DGA “Best of” – 54% – 14 episodes directed by 5 women – PERCENT OF WOMEN DIRECTORS – 36%

Fairly Legal – (Open 4 Business Productions/USA) –  DGA “Best of” – 33% – 23 episodes, 3 directed by 3 women – PERCENT OF WOMEN DIRECTORS – 13%

Franklin & Bash – (Woodridge Productions/TNT) – DGA “Best of” – 30% – 20 episodes, 2 episodes directed by 1 woman – PERCENT OF WOMEN DIRECTORS – 10%

Grimm – (Open 4 Business Productions/NBC) – DGA “Best of” – 48% – 42 episodes, 8 episodes directed by 4 women – PERCENT OF WOMEN DIRECTORS – 19%

Jessie – (It’s a Laugh Productions/Disney Channel) – DGA “Best of” – 58% – 43 episodes, 3 episodes directed by 2 women – PERCENT OF WOMEN DIRECTORS – 7%

Lab Rats – (It’s a Laugh Productions/Disney XD) – DGA “Best of” – 80% – 27 episodes, ZERO episodes directed by women – PERCENT OF WOMEN DIRECTORS – 0%

Let’s Stay Together (Breakdown Productions/BET) – DGA “Best of” – 100% – 42 episodes, 9 episodes directed by 4 women – PERCENT OF WOMEN DIRECTORS – 21%

Pair of Kings
(It’s a Laugh Productions/Disney XD) – DGA “Best of” – 62% – 67 episodes, 11 directed by one women – PERCENT OF WOMEN DIRECTORS – 16%

Reed Between the Lines – (Breakdown Productions/BET) – DGA “Best of” – 100%  PERCENT OF WOMEN DIRECTORS – 28%

Scandal – (FTP Productions/ABC/Shonda Rhimes) – DGA “Best of” – 67% – 29 episodes, 6 directed by 4 women – PERCENT OF WOMEN DIRECTORS – 21%

Single Ladies (Bling Productions/VH1) – DGA “Best of” – 100% – 25 episodes – 19 episodes directed by 3 women directors – PERCENT OF WOMEN DIRECTORS – 76%

Suburgatory(Bonanza Productions/ABC) – DGA “Best of” – 38% – 44 episodes, 7 episodes directed by 5 women – PERCENT OF WOMEN DIRECTORS – 16%

Suits (Open 4 Business Productions/USA) – DGA “Best of” – 64% – 28 episodes, 5 episodes directed by 4 women – PERCENT OF WOMEN DIRECTORS – 18%

The Game – (Breakdown Productions/BET) – DGA “Best of” – 100% – 106 episodes, 10 episodes by 3 women directors – PERCENT OF WOMEN DIRECTORS – 9%

The Middle – (Warner Bros. Television/ABC) – DGA “Best of” – 46% – 96 episodes, 41 episodes directed by 5 women – PERCENT OF WOMEN DIRECTORS – 43%

The Walking Dead – (Stalwart Films/AMC) – DGA “Best of” – 53% – 35 episodes – 4 directed by 4 women (pilot co-directed with a male director) – PERCENT OF WOMEN DIRECTORS – 11%

Torchwood: Miracle Day – (Bad Wolf Productions/Starz!) – DGA “Best of” – 30% – 10 episodes directed by women – PERCENT OF WOMEN DIRECTORS – 20%

Treme – (Home Box Office/HBO) – DGA “Best of” 60% – 31 episodes, 6 episodes directed by 3 women – PERCENT OF WOMEN DIRECTORS – 19%

Warehouse 13 – Universal Network Television/SyFy) – DGA “Best of” – 38% – 50 episodes, 9 episodes directed by 2 women – PERCENT OF WOMEN DIRECTORS – 18%

30 Rock (NBC Studios/NBC) – DGA “Best of” – 36% – 138 episodes, 41 episodes directed by 6 women – PERCENT OF WOMEN DIRECTORS – 30%

Note: Our calculations are based on our own analyses made from Wikipedia breakdowns of episodic TV shows.  It is a work-in-progress. Please report errors or omissions.

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