The Writers Guild of America (WGA) recently released its annual Hollywood writers diversity report titled Renaissance in Reverse where data was collected from 2009-2014. This study sheds a light on how deep the “epidemic of invisibility” runs within the Hollywood landscape for women. The data revealed that jobs for women writers in television only increased 0.5% over the course of four years (27.5% in 2008 increased to 28% in 2014). Click HERE for the complete report.
In an effort to change these numbers, Women In Film (WIF) is launching a television lab for female writers in conjunction with Franklin Leonard’s The Black List. Eight women will be selective for the initiative that will feature script development, workshopping sessions and master classes with established writers and industry execs, and will last for eight weeks starting in August.
“The dearth of roles for women both in front of and behind the camera has been widely chronicled. As high-quality television programming grows more popular and prominent daily, so too does the need for women to have an inclusive voice, to be equally represented in the creative process.” – Kirsten Schaffer, WIF Executive Director
Each participant will be hosted by the Black List website for free with the opportunity to have their pilots read by agencies and select networks and studios (to be announced at a later date).
“Though it’s noteworthy that the most recent WGAW Hollywood Writers Report heralded 2014 as a high-water mark for women’s employment in television, underrepresentation by a factor of two to one is still unconscionable. This lab hopes to support more women in their pursuit of creating and writing the television that will define our culture for generations to come. We couldn’t be more pleased to partner with Women In Film to do so.” – Franklin Leonard, The Blacklist Founder