A recent report from the Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) declares that “steady gains” are being made regarding the hiring practices of minority screenwriters. However, WGAW does not hesitate to point out that a lot of work is needed in Hollywood before women and people of color realize equal inclusion for television and film writing jobs. This development is of specific interest to Louisiana residents who have often been concerned with fair hiring practices.
The WGAW also provided a blunt assessment that minority writers still face significant systemic discrimination despite the progress that has been made in the entertainment industry. The Inclusion Report from the WGAW provides information that can be used for reflection on the hiring gains for women and minority screenwriters since criticism in 2016 forced Hollywood studios to consider ways they could better maintain a creative staff that better represented the audience that interacts with their products.
Female writers possessed 44% of the television writing jobs over the platforms studied over the 2019-2020 television season. Women currently make up 51% of the United States population. Minorities make up 40% of the country’s population while 35% of television writing jobs were performed by people of color.
The Inclusion Report also provided information for the movie industry. By all accounts, the film industry has historically made slower progress for minority hiring than television, with 27% of film writing jobs granted to women and 20% of positions given to minorities. A spokesman for the WGAW says that women and people of color could experience full representation within two years in Hollywood if the current trends continue.
An individual who has been denied the right to work in a job for which they are qualified due to gender or racial bias has suffered a serious rights violation. An attorney experienced in employment law may be able to help.