Diversity & Inclusion

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DGA Diversity & Inclusion Mission Statement

The Directors Guild of America believes storytelling should be as diverse as the world around us, and that a critical mass of different perspectives on screen is vital for the wellbeing and development of society.

Our goal is to be a global industry leader in the fight against discrimination by working to fairly represent all of our members and to increase employment opportunities for DGA members from under-represented groups to achieve fair and equitable representation that reflects the population. We are also committed to fair and equitable representation within the Guild’s leadership and staff and are determined to build and maintain an inclusive union.

We will engage companies, studios, and producers who are responsible for hiring directors and members of the directorial team to achieve equitable, inclusive hiring practices for women and ethnic minority Guild members. We will create continuing educational opportunities for our existing members designed to prepare and promote a diverse talent pool. We will expand the widening of the talent pool by encouraging the industry to hire more diverse talent to join the ranks of the Guild.

DGA Diversity FAQClick here for answers to frequently asked questions about the DGA’s diversity and inclusion efforts.

DGA Director Development Initiative

In January of 2016, the DGA launched a new diversity initiative in Los Angeles. The program focused on education, networking and career development for DGA members through career and craft workshops and a curriculum-based speaker series. In June 2017, the program was expanded to include the East Coast.

Speaker Series & Career Workshop

The DGA hosts a number of DDI events throughout the year including a curriculum-based speaker series and networking mixers as well as a career workshop.

Click here to watch video highlights and and review events from the DDI Speaker Series and Career Workshops.

Craft Workshop and Mentorship Program

As employers across the industry heed the call to expand their hiring pipelines and establish a level playing field, the DGA’s upcoming Craft Workshop and Mentorship Program were created for members who aspire to direct or expand their directorial careers in episodic television. The program serves as the culminating experience of the Director Development Initiative.

Diversity Reports

The DGA for years has called attention to the issue of diversity through the publication of highly publicized data reports rich with statistics reflecting current industry hiring trends. In these reports, we call public attention to the worst of the worst when it comes to diverse hiring practices, as well as the best of the best.

Click here to review all of the DGA’s reports on industry diversity hiring.

Diversity Committees

Several DGA committees are dedicated to building communities within the Guild of those who are members of ethnic or gender groups that are underrepresented in the entertainment industry. Each of these committees works to increase diversity and inclusion in the industry through meetings, seminars, networking, training and events. For information about each Committee, click the links below.


Television Director Development Programs

Click here for information about, and links to, television studio director development programs focused on diversity.

Commercial Director Diversity Program

ccccpDuring the 2014 National Commercial Agreement negotiations, the DGA and AICP agreed to establish a diversity program to expand opportunities for directors with an emphasis on increasing diversity in commercials and marketing communications. The program is facilitated in three phases centered around workshops, mentoring, and networking. Participating fellows are given a grant to create a spec commercial that is showcased at an industry premiere at the conclusion of the program.


Student Film Awards 

The Directors Guild of America Student Film Awards for African-American, Asian-American, Latino, and Women Filmmakers are designed to honor, encourage, and bring attention to outstanding minority and women film students. Over 40 film schools from around the country participate in the program. Past winners include: Jon M. Chu (In the Heights, Crazy Rich Asians); Ryan Coogler (Black Panther, Creed); Nicole Kassell (Watchmen, The Americans); Patricia Riggen (The 33, Lemonade Mouth); and Sylvain White (The Umbrella Academy, Stomp the Yard).

DGA Diversity Award  

Betsy Beers and Shonda Rhimes The DGA Diversity Award honors outstanding commitment to and leadership in the hiring of women and ethnic minorities in DGA categories. It has been bestowed only six times in DGA history: FX Networks, 2019; Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers, Shondaland, 2014; Stephen McPherson, ABC Primetime Entertainment President, 2005; Home Box Office, 2000; Steven Bochco, 1999; Bruce Paltrow, John Wells & Christopher Chulack (ER), 1997.

Mayra Ocampo
Assistant Executive Director, Diversity & Inclusion
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Breannah Oppenhuizen
Diversity & Inclusion Program Executive
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DGA TV Director Mentorship Program Graduates 2021-22 West Coast Participants

Part of the DGA’s Director Development Initiative, the program is built upon the Guild’s expanded talent development lineup and push for industry inclusion by pairing early-career directors (protégés) with veteran directors (mentors) who served as their professional guides to the working world of episodic television.

DGA Inclusion Report Reveals Continued Incremental Gains for Directors in 2020-21 TV Season, Despite Pandemic

DGA also issues first-time inclusion report on Assistant Directors/Unit Production Managers in dramatic television.

Television Mentorship Program Hosts Craft Workshop Weekend in New York

See text and photos from this workshop where members learned more about the craft of episodic television directing from Mary Lou Belli and Bethany Rooney, then applied that information in an actual session working with professional actors.

The DGA and Other Arts, Entertainment and Media Unions Announce Legislative Push to Advance Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
DGA Hosts Diversity and Inclusion Summit

The three-day event addressed the state of diversity and inclusion at the Guild and in the industry, and mapped out the next phase of its work.

DGA Institutes Racial Harassment Hotline for Members

With the goal of pushing the entertainment industry toward achieving safer, fairer, and more equitable workplaces, the DGA has instituted a Racial Harassment Hotline for members to report racist incidents they’ve experienced in the workplace.

A Look at the Commercial Diversity Development Program

The Program reflects the commitment of the DGA and the Association of Independent Commercial Producers to effect change and increase the representation of minority and women directors in the business of commercials.

The Good Fight

Over the past 30 years, Guild diversity committees have advanced the cause of women and minority members.