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Hot Off the Presses! The 2015 Hollywood Diversity Report – a UCLA Ralph J. Bunche Center Study

Hot Off the Presses! The 2015 Hollywood Diversity Report - a UCLA Ralph J. Bunche Center Study

Hot off the presses! I only just received this, and there’s quite a lot of information to go over and digest here; but I thought I’d share it with you all anyway, for those who want to dig into it themselves, instead of waiting for me to eventually summarize. So click here to download.

The 2015 study examined nearly 200 of the top-grossing theatrical films each year in 2012 and 2013, and more than 1,000 broadcast, cable and digital television programs from the 2012–13 season.

This is a report we alerted you to last fall, when a fundraising campaign was set up to raise money for its completion – an annual study on diversity within the entertainment industry by researchers at the UCLA Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, led by Dr. Darnell Hunt (who I had the pleasure of appearing on a panel on diversity last year, at the American Black Film Festival), director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center, and Dr. Ana-Christina Ramon, assistant director.

The goals of the landmark report include:

1 – Generating a comprehensive research analysis of the inclusion of diverse groups in film and television, including starring roles, writing, directing, producing, and talent representation.   
2 – Identifying and disseminating best practices for increasing the pipeline of underrepresented groups into the Hollywood entertainment industry.  
3 – Advancing existing entertainment industry efforts to better serve a diversifying America.

Ultimately, the goal here is to create a report that both Hollywood studios, as well as scholars and researchers, can use to create content that’s inline with the changing face of America (for the former), as well as provide a clear picture of who is employed in the industry (for the latter). The report will track, over time, whether the industry is employing diverse groups of lead actors, writers, directors and producers, and whether major talent agencies are representing them. The study also will identify best practices for widening the pipeline for underrepresented groups.

Many months later, the Bunche Center has released the results of all its incredible research, in one file, in what it’s calling the “2015 Hollywood Diversity Report: Flipping the Script.”

To download a copy of the report for yourself, click here. I’ll be digging through it myself over the next few days and will eventually share my thoughts in a future post.

To learn more about supporting this important research project and its annual diversity report,  contact Chia Yen, Executive Director of Development, UCLA Institute of American Cultures at or 310.206.6872. To learn more about how to support the Bunche Center, you may also visit

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