CBC announced on Monday that half or more of the directors on episodes of their scripted television series are women. The network has committed to increasing the number of women directing and 50 per cent or more of all episodes on upcoming seasons of Murdoch Mysteries, Heartland, This Life, Baroness Von Sketch Show and Workin’ Moms will be directed by a woman. In doing so CBC shows commitment to support the goal set forth by Women in View’s 2X More initiative that looks to double the number of women directing scripted media in Canada from the current 17 per cent to 35 per cent in two years.
“I’m proud that CBC, in partnership with our producers, is the first Canadian broadcaster to take a proactive step forward to increase the number of women directing scripted television in this country,” said Heather Conway, executive vice-president, English Services, CBC, and member of the 2X More Advisory Group. “The talent, ideas and experiences of female directors are essential to the creation of extraordinary content that is seen in Canada and around the world. We know that there is still much work to be done, and look forward to building on our commitment to improve gender equity and diversity in all areas.”
The breakdown of female directors on CBC’s scripted series is as follows.
Murdoch Mysteries – Season 10 to premiere fall 2016. 10 directors total, 5 women to direct 50 percent of episodes (9 episodes)
Heartland – Season 10 to premiere fall 2016. 9 directors total, 4 women to direct 50 percent of episodes (9 episodes)
This Life – Season 2 to premiere fall 2016. 3 directors total, 2 women to direct 70 percent of episodes (7 episodes)
Baroness Von Sketch Show – New series to premiere Tuesday, June 14 at 9:30 p.m. 100 percent female directed
Workin’ Moms – Season 1 to premiere winter 2017. 3 directors total, 2 women to direct 46 percent of episodes (6 episodes)
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