Television, like other media, has a terrible diversity problem, and unfortunately, that means that the primary award for television, the Emmys, aren’t usually very diverse. We looked at this reality a few years ago when we released this infographic examining the diversity gap among Emmy Award winners:
The good news is that last year’s season offered us some exceptional TV shows with diverse talent both in front of the camera and behind the scenes. There were several critically acclaimed and commercially popular diverse offerings during the 2014-2015 television season including black-ish, Jane the Virgin, Fresh Off the Boat and Empire.
The Primetime Emmy Awards will be announced this Sunday, September 20. In anticipation, we wanted to highlight some of the diverse nominees we’re rooting for! Will this be the year that we see the numbers start to change?
Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Best Director for a Comedy Series
Louis C.K. ( Louie) is a comedian who got his start writing for other comedians like David Letterman, Conan O’Brien and Chris Rock. He is the creator and director of Louie, which he also stars in. You may not know that Louis is actually half Mexican and grew up in Mexico.
Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series
Jill Soloway (Transparent). Jill is one of the few women to be nominated in either the writing or directing categories.
Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series
Good luck to all of the nominees! Who do you hope takes home a trophy?