Today’s factual television survey report, which surveyed 700 people last November, found that nearly three-quarters (73%) of directors/series directors were male.
This figure reversed when going down the chain of command, with three-quarters (76%) of the researchers being female. The report noted that women “are more likely to work and spend more time in low-paying editorial roles.”
Producers were more likely to be female in 70% of respondents, but only 2% of women said they aspired to be a producer, compared to 30% who wanted to go into directing.
The survey also found that women were three times less likely to be offered a second directing role after being given the first.
These figures match the latest research available from the UK-broadcaster-backed Creative Diversity Network’s Diamond Diversity Project.
“This reflects gatekeeping in the industry that contributes to a persistent lack of diversity in off-screen talent across gender, race, ethnicity, disability and age,” the report said. “Unless women are given a fair chance to direct the films that are most likely to earn award nominations and recognition for directing voices, they lag behind men at all stages of their careers.”
Men are “considered as directors while women are treated as producers” with “being a parent” and an “opportunity to progress as a woman in the industry”, as well as key concerns from female respondents. was exposed as an obstacle.
When male respondents were asked about the main challenges, the third most common answer was “no challenges encountered.”
“It’s a highly gendered condition that’s been allowed to go on for too long,” said an anonymous female respondent to the survey. “Women are totally sick of being offered to produce men’s movies, doing all the emotional labor and getting away with minimal credit.”
Providing a wealth of recommendations, We Are Doc Women called on broadcasters, streamers and production companies to commit to a 50% quota of female directors in their actual production.
We doctors are women’s recommendations
- For transparency, broadcasters and SVODs should make publicly available gender division figures in key editorial roles within their factual program-creating teams.
- Production companies and channels must commit to providing mentorship, career development opportunities and technical training for women.
- Members of the factual television industry should promote progressive working practices to accommodate parents and caregivers.
- Broadcasters and SVODs must commit to a 50% quota of female directors in their actual production and include this in program commissioning requirements. Commissioning specifications from broadcasters currently include quotas and/or guidelines on diversity and disability but exclude gender.
- Production companies must commit to a 50% quota of women guiding the factual programs they carry out.