Hollywood Lags on Diversity: Only 15% of Studio Films Had Nonwhite Director in Last 5 Years

TheWrap Special Report: Blockbusters like “Black Panther” have taken the spotlight, but the vast majority of films are still directed by white filmmakers

While blockbusters like “Black Panther” and “Crazy Rich Asians” have made headlines in recent years as flag-bearers for the push for diversity in Hollywood, studio films with nonwhite directors remain the exception rather than the rule.

For the last five years, only 68 of the films given a wide release by Hollywood’s six major studios — just 15% — were directed by a person of color, according to a study by TheWrap. That’s far out of step with the U.S. population, which stands at 60% white, 18% Latino, 13% Black and 6% Asian, according to U.S. Census data from 2019. And the Motion Picture Association’s annual THEME report shows that 45% of frequent moviegoers last year were nonwhite, with 26% Latino, 9% Black and 7% Asian.

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Jeremy Fuster

Jeremy Fuster

Box Office Reporter • jeremy.fuster@thewrap.com