Netflix’s diversity on screen and behind the camera is improving, but not for everyone

Netflix has improved the portrayal of black characters in its scripted movies and shows in the United States, but the portrayal of other groups still has a long way to go, according to an academic study. Bridgerton, which features black actors in a period setting normally reserved for white actors, did not consider the latest study because of its recent release.


Netflix has improved its diversity, both in terms of the characters in its scripted programs and the people working behind the camera on those projects, but some groups remain under-represented, according to an academic study released on Friday.

Netflix, the world’s largest subscription streaming service with more than 200 million members, commissioned the report itself. The study examined Netflix English Series and Movies who hails from the United States in the two years from January 2018 to December 2019. Releasing the study publicly, Netflix also said it will dedicate $ 100 million to a fund aimed at improving its recruitment of talent from under-represented groups.

The study found that Netflix has made strides for women on screen and behind the scenes, for black actors and creators, and for women of color in leading and leading roles.

But other ethnic and racial groups have not seen their inclusion improve as much, such as Hispanic / Latino, Middle Eastern / North African, Native American / Alaskan Native, and Hawaiian / Pacific Islander communities. At least half of the movies and series on Netflix measured by the study did not feature a single character from these groups in 2018 or 2019.

And the study found that Netflix’s representation of the LGBTQ community and people with disabilities still lags behind their level in the U.S. population.

The study, led by Stacy L. Smith as part of the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, is available for read in full, And one abstract breaks down some of its main findings.

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