An informational listening to on “Unseen Latinas in Hollywood” was held Friday in Sacramento to discover the obstacles Latinas face within the movie and TV business.
“Despite Latinas making up 20% of the population in California, we continue to be excluded, erased and misrepresented in movies and on TV,” mentioned Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), chairwoman of the Select Committee on Latina Inequities, who hosted the listening to.
“When we are shown, it’s often as a supporting character, not the lead; a best friend; possibly a prostitute, a drug addict or somebody in a gang,” she mentioned. “When Latinas are missing from shows and movies, or only depicted in a certain way, our contributions to American culture can be overlooked and unseen. When Latinas are missing behind the scenes as writers, directors, showrunners and crew members, this impacts which stories are told and the shape of how they are told.”
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Ana-Christina Ramon, director of Research and Civic Engagement for the Division of Social Sciences at UCLA, and co-author of the varsity’s 2021 Hollywood Diversity Report, which was released Thursday, mentioned that “Decisions about what types of films to make, how large a budget to assign to them, how they will be marketed and who will be at the directorial helm are made by Hollywood executives. In 2020, we found that these decisions continue to be dominated by White men.”
“There is almost no Latinx representation, regardless of gender, within the executive suites in Hollywood,” she mentioned. “Among film executives, of the 11 major and mid-major studios, there is no Latinx representation at all. Among TV executives, at the 74 studios and networks that we examined, there are no Latinx CEOs, and only two Latinx executives among senior management, which accounts for less than 1% of the total positions at that level. One is a Latino CFO and the other is a Latina president of content and chief creative officer for seven TV networks within the larger corporation. Among unit heads, there are less than 2% Latinx executives overall. Among those 11 Latinx executives, there are only five Latinas at the unit head level.”
The UCLA research discovered that among the many 185 theatrical and streaming movies that have been launched in 2020, solely about 5% had Latinx leads – rather less than half of whom have been Latinas – and that solely about 6% of the primary solid members have been Latinx actors – and rather less than have of whom have been Latinas, accounting for about 2% of the leads and about 3% of the full actors.
“Among the top streaming and theatrical films,” Ramon mentioned, “the numbers are worse for Latinx filmmakers and content creators. There were only about 3% Latinx directors and only about 3% Latinx writers, and they were all Latino men. In the 2018-19 TV season, Latinx leads represented about 6%-7% of leads in broadcast, cable and digital platforms. Altogether, there were only 15 Latina leads in among English-language programs across all platforms in our study, which comprised about 3% of the leads” and solely 78 Latinas who have been a part of the primary casts.
“The numbers are dispiriting, but there’s no lack of talent among Latinas; just a lack of opportunities and a lack of access, which will require concerted action to change.”
Judalina Neira, a former writer-producer on The Flash and presently a co-executive producer of The Boys untitled spinoff at Amazon, mentioned that there’s a approach ahead for Latinas in Hollywood. Five years in the past, she co-founded La Lista, a networking group for working Latina TV writers.
“When we started La Lista five years ago,” she mentioned, “there have been 38 of us. Five years in the past, there have been lower than 40 credited TV writers working throughout our total business. Every one in all us might match into one yard. Fortunately, since then, we now have seen some progress, and the variety of working Latina writers has quadrupled. Today, La Lista has about 167 members, and whereas that’s not almost sufficient, it’s a begin.
“As an organizer for our small, but mighty, Latina TV writer community, I am very often asked, ‘How can we create more representation for Latinas in TV writers’ rooms?’”
One approach, she mentioned, is thru applications to coach aspiring Latina writers. “And to that, I say ‘Yes. Absolutely. Every bit helps.’ Those sorts of pipeline applications for entry-level underrepresented writers exist now. And I do know this as a result of that’s how I bought my begin. I actually wouldn’t be a TV author at present if it wasn’t for the National Hispanic Media Coalition’s collection script writers’ fellowship. Every yr they foster a brand new class of Latinx TV writers, and you probably have cash to provide, give it to them in order that they will prepare much more.
“In half, due to applications just like the NHMC’s and comparable pipeline applications at NBC, ABC, CBS and elsewhere, we’re seeing this big enhance in Latinas who’re getting their foot within the door – 30% of La Lista’s members are workers writers – that implies that one third of our group are writers who’ve a minimum of one yr of expertise underneath their belts. But the issue is that these writers are usually not breaking by way of the ranks, and most of all, they’re not being put in cost.
“Last yr, there have been 493 scripted tv reveals – seven have been created or co-created by a Latina. Latinas are 9% of the U.S. inhabitants, however we’re barely 1% of tv showrunners. And this matter a lot as a result of in TV, the showrunner is the equal of a CEO; showrunners weigh in on the hiring of actors, crew and so they rent each different author in that writers’ room. The single greatest technique to enhance Latina illustration within the writers’ room and on display screen, and even on the crew, is to place Latinas ready the place they will rent different Latinas. Put us in cost.
“This is one thing that solely the studios and the networks have the ability to do, however there may be a variety of ways in which the can speed up doing it. They can put extra Latinas underneath total offers or first-look offers, getting first entry to a Latina author’s authentic concepts. They can supply extra blind script commitments particularly to Latinas, mainly promising to purchase a to-be-agreed-upon story; they will merely decide to tripling the variety of Latina-created tales they purchase, and decide to placing these tales on the air.
“I know that a lot of the stats that we’re going to be sharing today can be incredibly disheartening, so I just want to say that from first-hand experience through La Lista, we can effect change in just five years. I want to thank you all for starting this conversation; I’m optimistic for what we can do for the next five years.”