Black representation on the rise, but Asians, Latinos and Indigenous people still under-represented on TV


Asian Americans are the fastest growing racial or ethnic group in the United States but remain under-represented onscreen with Latinos, while Native Americans are “virtually invisible,” according to a new study.

Results: The UCLA Hollywood Diversity Report of the 2019-2020 TV season released on Tuesday revealed that there was an increase in the number of people of color and women, both on-screen talent and writers, in the shows aired by the broadcast services , cable and streaming.

  • TV actor roles scripted for people of color jumped to 43.4%, surpassing their demographic to 42.7%.

  • Black and multiracial roles have shown improvement, but Latinos, Asian Americans and Native Americans remain under-represented, according to the report.

  • Shows in which people of color made up between 31% and 40% of credited writers achieved the highest median ratings.

  • Median ratings for White, Latin American and Asian households increased for scripted cable shows that had 41% to 50% people of color, while ratings for black households increased for shows with “majority distributions.” – minorities, ”the study revealed.

  • Writers of color credited on aired episodes fell from 23.4% to 26.4%; 25.8% to 28.6% on cable; 22.8% to 24.2% on streaming services.

Methodology: Ana-Christina Ramón, co-author of the report and director of social science research at UCLA, says the under-representation persists because the television industry remains disproportionately white and leaders view the ethnicities listed below. above as “very niche”.

  • “I think they often think of the stories of Latinx creators and Asian American creators as something that is really quite peripheral … and that doesn’t draw the mainstream audience in quotes,” she said. The Associated Press as told.

  • The study tracked 461 scripted shows across 50 broadcast, cable and streaming services to find the progress made by people of color and women working as actresses, writers, directors and series creators.

  • Most of the improvements “can be attributed to women of color.” As men of color rose among credited television writers, they “trod the waters in cable and digital.”

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