Study: Women Hold Only 26 Percent of Behind-the-Scenes TV Jobs
Mindy Kaling, Tina Fey
Women might be front and center when it comes to acting roles in prime time, but they fall far short of their male counterparts when it comes to behind-the-scenes jobs, according to a new study.
Just 26 percent of such positions as writers, creators, producers, directors and editors of prime time shows for the 2011-12 season were held by women, a recent study from the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University shows.
That statistic includes female writers and show creators like Shonda Rhimes, Tina Fey and Mindy Kaling, and is up only 1 percent from the previous year's study.
The annual report takes into account prime-time dramas, comedies and reality shows aired on ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and the CW, according to The Wrap. Scripted shows employ a higher percentage of women (28 percent) than reality shows do (21 percent), the study shows.