In a surprising new article, Splitsider’s Megh Wright looked at Adult Swim’s roster of new and returning television projects and made the grand discovery that out of 47 series creators, none of them are female.
After looking more in depth at the network’s previous years, she found that this is nothing new and that the lineup was indicative of any other year. Yes, there are women working there, but none are creators of shows currently on Adult Swim’s slate. But as the network revealed during their 2014 upfronts, women make up 43 percent of the network’s audience.
“Women are watching, women work there in non-‘creator’ roles, and women have praised female characters there that feel more ‘real’ than ever,” Wright wrote. “So why, then, aren’t there any to be found as creators? Here’s Adult Swim’s official statement in response.”
“We are always on the lookout for new creative partners and have talented women writing and producing on our original series. We recently doubled our programming and development opportunities with the success of our streaming shows, which also have female creators,” replied Adult Swim.
But as Wright points out, a live stream isn’t a television show, “When we have to bend the definitions of ‘television show’ and ‘creator’ in order to find women on that upfront announcement, that’s a problem,” she adds.
Many other networks such as Comedy Central, TBS, The CW, IFC, among others, have upped their female-led series. Which is great! “There are still signs of progress on all fronts except Adult Swim,” she notes. Adding, “But a progressive and willingly ‘out there’ network like Adult Swim can do better than 47 to 0.”