The Entertainment Diversity Progress Report by Luminate, a PME TopCo subsidiary, indicates that Asian performers’ presence in TV and movies grew between 2021 and 2022. Hollywood has made strides in terms of intersectionality and varied representation, as seen by the study’s assessment of how casting and crew for scripted live-action programming changed over the previous two years.
According to Luminate’s analysis, there has been a rise in the depiction of people who have numerous identities, including those based on race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and ability. The report also identified a rise in non-English language programming available in the US, mostly due to streaming services like Netflix. Despite these encouraging developments, the study issued a warning that the problem of inadequate diversity casting in domestic media remains unsolved.
Luminate analyzed the make-up of series regulars in episodic TV shows and main-title cast members for movies produced in 2021 and 2022 as part of a larger endeavor to create objective databases to track diversity, equality, and inclusion goals. Additionally, they examined data for directors. Overall, the research found only moderate advancements, with inconsistent representation across various groups and media. The Asian and Black groups had the biggest growth.
Hollywood partners are asked to recognize the advancements achieved in areas like female director positions and female series creators by Mark Hoebich, EVP, Head of Luminate Film & TV. He also underlined the need to address areas that needed improvement, such as the paucity of Black and Latino/Hispanic tales in movies and television shows.
The study found that TV series featuring at least one Asian series regular increased by 2%, from 36.5% in 2021 to 38.4% in 2022. Additionally, Asian main title cast and directors in film saw increases of 7.7% and 5.9% respectively. Despite the successful film “Everything Everywhere All at Once” contributing to progress for the Asian community, a mere 1.8% of all movies released in 2022 focused on Asian stories.