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Category: Art and Entertainment, Media

Women Missing from Emmy Nominations

| July 26, 2012

The nominees for the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences 64th Primetime Emmy Awards were announced last week and once again women were missing or underrepresented in some of the most influential roles in television production.*

Across six categories in awards given for directing 31 men were nominated but only a single woman, Lena Dunham for her show "Girls."

In the six categories in awards given for writing, women make up only 18 percent of the nominees.

To shine a spotlight on just one award for writing we found a familiar pattern of a lack of women. For example, the award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety series, which constitutes the bulk of names nominated for writing and includes the comedy writing teams of "The Daily Show," "The Colbert Report," "Saturday Night Live" and "Real Time with Bill Maher," the gender ratio is particularly unbalanced with a mere 12 women nominated compared to 58 men. This is hardly the first year the lack of women in late-night comedy has been noted. However there's one bright spot. The newcomer to the category, sketch-comedy show Portlandia, has two women and two men nominated.

But it’s not only in writing and directing where women are underrepresented. The importance of the role of executive producer in creating a television show cannot be overstated. But across seven categories, such as the awards for Outstanding Reality Competition and Outstanding Children’s Program, there were only 30 listed female executive producers compared to 63 men.

In the 69 non-performance Emmy categories women were underrepresented in all but a handful of roles. Sixteen categories had no women nominated at all. There were no women nominated as cinematographers or stunt coordinators. Of 69 categories the only roles where women outnumber men were in Documentary Filmmaking, Art Direction for multi-camera or single camera series, casting, costumes, hairstyling, and non-prosthetic make-up.

Directing

Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series
1 woman
5 men

Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series
0 women 
5 men

Outstanding Directing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special
0 women
5 men

Outstanding Directing For A Variety Series
0 women
5 men

Outstanding Directing For A Variety Special
0 women
5 men

Outstanding Directing For Nonfiction Programming
0 women
6 men

Writing

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
2 women
3 men

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
2 women
6 men

Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special
1 woman
6 men

Outstanding Writing For A Variety Series
12 women
58 men

Outstanding Writing For A Variety Special
3 women
21 men

Outstanding Writing For Nonfiction Programming
1 woman
4 men

* To the fullest possible extent we tried to verify the gender of all the Emmy nominees in every non-performance category using what information we could confirm online.

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