Sep 3, 2018 - Economy

What we’re reading: TV scrambles to diversify behind the scenes

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Television executives seeking talents to diversify their writing staffs in Hollywood are having difficulty finding experienced people of color and women, writes the New York Times' Cara Buckley, who concluded that it’s a “problem of the industry’s own making."

By the numbers: Network executives and others acknowledged to Buckley that scrutiny such as #OscarsSoWhite is largely responsible for the current push for more diverse candidates. But in the 2016-17 season, with more than 200 series, only 13.7% of television writers were people of color, reports Buckley. More than nine of 10 with creative and management control were white, and 80% were male.

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