The following selection of data charts highlights the findings conducted by staff of University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Based on the statistics, it shows that Hollywood has a long way to go in in order improve diversity within the film industry (in addition to other entertainment industries).
Some facts within the report state that 7 out of 109 films had a diverse cast and that 26.7% of films with minorities cast for speaking roles.
Aside from race, the report mentions statistics from other societal minority group such as the LGBT community and women. For example in 2015, 3.4% of directors and 10.8% of writers were women. On the corporate level, 25.6% of the entertainment industry’s top executives were women and an average of less than 21% of top tier positions were held by women. Even though it is the 21st century, Hollywood needs to improve upon the lack of diversity within the film industry. Hollywood needs to stop relying on stereotypes and the practice of ‘older Hollywood’ in order to accurately represent the diverse members of society on the big screen.
The complete report containing the data below can be found here: USC Annenberg’s Diversity Report
Smith, Stacy L., Marc Choueiti, and Katherine Pieper. “INCLUSION or INVISIBILITY?
Comprehensive Annenberg Report on Diversity in Entertainment.” Annenberg.usc.edu. USC
Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, Feb. 2016. Web. 16 Feb. 2017. <