CEO, chief financial officer and other key posts are being filled by women at major agencies
It is one of the most noticeable trends in local television news in Buffalo. To borrow a phrase from WKBW-TV’s promotional campaign, women reporters are everywhere. Of the last 23 new reporting hires made at the three over-the-air network affiliates in a little more than a year, all but one has been a woman.
Working behind and in front of the camera, women are changing the medium for the better.
From Tiffany Haddish to Nicole Kidman, Oprah Winfrey to Jennifer Salke, they’ve led through constant change, survived mega-mergers and stepped up creation to meet a seemingly insatiable global appetite for content — amplifying fresh, diverse voices along the way. The Hollywood Reporter honors 2018’s real superheroes: entertainment’s unstoppable female forces.
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The expanding world of TV has brought more opportunity overall, with streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu joining broadcast and cable platforms to push the combined number of TV series to 400-plus and counting. An all-time high of 225 first-time directors were hired last season by studios, networks and executive producers, a 42% increase over the previous season, a new study from the Directors Guild of America shows.
Like with many STEM-oriented fields, music production and sound engineering are dominated by men — though that’s very slowly changing.
Women directed 17% and minorities 19% of the more than 4,000 episodes produced last season for broadcast, cable and high-budget streaming series, the Directors Guild of America says in its annual survey.
The latest RTDNA/Hofstra University Annual Survey finds the minority workforce in TV news rose to 23.1%. That’s up almost a full point from a year ago and is the second highest level ever in TV news. The minority workforce at non-Hispanic TV stations also went up to the second highest level ever.
The latest RTDNA-Hofstra University Annual Survey finds the minority workforce in TV news slid 0.2 to 22.2%, still the third highest level ever. And the minority workforce at non-Hispanic TV stations rose this year to the third highest level ever as well. In TV, women news directors and women in the workforce both rose to the highest levels ever.
Here’s a question you won’t hear debated by the panelists on sports-talk shows: Why are so few women among the panelists on sports-talk shows? Women have made strides in virtually every area of sports journalism over the past two decades or more. They cover sports for newspapers and Web sites, write columns and host studio programs. They are ubiquitous as sideline reporters on game broadcasts and they’re a growing presence as the sports anchor on local newscasts. But they don’t, generally speaking, get to offer their opinions on the air.