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UCLA professor and dean of Social Sciences Darnell discussed the findings of his 2019 Hollywood Diversity Report. The study examined the patterns of representation of women and people of color on screen and behind the camera. It analyzed the top 200 films in 2017 and 1,316 television shows for the 2016-2017 season. The results reveal that both women and people of color are underrepresented in every industry employment front.

When it comes to awards, films with women in lead roles gained some ground at the Academy Awards but films directed by women failed to win a single award. At the Emmy Awards, television shows created by people of color gained some grounds but those created by women failed to win any award.

Hunt highlighted one of the key findings of the study which shows that diversity is not only socially important but also good for business. Films with majority-minority casts enjoyed the highest return on investment while those with 31-40% minority cast posted the highest median global box office receipts. In contrast, films with ethnically and racially homogenous casts performed poorly at the box office.

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