Minority directors find guild work tougher to obtain, survey shows

April 21, 1992|By Los Angeles Daily News

LOS ANGELES -- Despite last summer's much-publicized flurry of movies by black filmmakers, a Directors Guild of America survey released yesterday indicates employment among the union's minority members has deteriorated in the last decade.

The report, which covered the years 1983 to 1991, found that women fared better than minorities during the same period, but "still face an uphill struggle in competing for jobs with their male counterparts," DGA Western executive secretary and affirmative action officer Warren Adler said in a news release.

Minority directors, who accounted for 5 percent of total hours worked by DGA directors in 1983, were down to a 3 percent share in 1991, the study showed. Minority directors -- blacks, Hispanic, Asian, American Indian and other non-whites -- currently account for 4 percent of all DGA directors.

DGA women directors accounted for 8 percent of all hours worked by union directors last year, compared to 3 percent in 1983. About 10 percent of DGA directors are women.

"If these figures were translated to represent a five-day work week, women directors would control the set for no more than a few hours after lunch on Friday," DGA executive director Glenn J. Gumpel said in the DGA statement. "And minority directors would be at the helm for even less time."

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