Number of Asian-American and Latino TV Writers on the Rise


If the depressing VIDA count has got you down, Colorlines has some news that could lift your spirits.

According to the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) the number of Latino and Asian-American television writers has doubled since the year 2000.

That’s not to say that the number of screenwriters is actually proportionate to the population of women and people of color in our country. In fact, here’s what the report had to say on black and Native American TV writers:

Meanwhile, the black share of television staff employment the largest share among the minority groups has increased only .7 percentage points since the 1999-2000 season, from 5.8 percent to 6.5 percent (108 writers). African Americans, who constitute slightly more than 12 percent of the U.S. population, are still underrepresented by a factor of nearly 2 to 1 in television staff employment. Separate figures for the relatively small shares of Native writers and other race writers .3 percent (5 writers) and 1.5 percent (25 writers), respectively were included in this brief for the first time.

Julie Morse lives in San Francisco and is a poetry teacher. She can be found @JulieMorse16. More from this author →