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LOS ANGELES-Between 2001 and also 2012 and2017and 2020, the eastern Pacific American Media Coalition (APAMC)–which has actually met with the Presidents and Vice Presidents that ABC, NBC, CBS and also Fox because 1999/2000–has issued grades on miscellaneous categories to assess the networks’ progress in consisting of Asian/Pacific Islanders (APIs) in your programming.

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Last month, after ~ 22 years, member organizations voted come dissolve the APAMC. However theCoalitiongaveco-founding group Media action Network for oriental Americans(tastecraftedmcd.com)–which urged the coalition to reinstate the Report Cards through the 2016-2017 season–itsblessing because that tastecraftedmcd.com come issueitsown Report Card and to continue meeting through the networks.

Unfortunately, 2 networks (ABC and CBS) had all at once grades which were their worst in 8 years.

In 1999 & 2000, the four significant networks signed Memoranda of understanding (MOUs) through members the the nationwide Multi-Ethnic Media Coalition (MEMC) made up of the NAACP, the national Latino Media Council, American ind in Film/TV, and also the APAMC. Out of this agreement came the numerous writer, director and also actor pipeline programs and also the formation of the Diversity departments to oversee them.

The last meeting the APAMC had with ABC, CBS and NBC an imaginative execs remained in November 2019 (the Fox conference took place in 2013). Yet in November that 2020, ABC educated the assorted ethnic coalitions the they would no much longer be allowed to satisfy on an annual basis through their an imaginative executives (President, VPs of Drama, Comedy, Reality, Casting, etc.); castle would have to settle for quarterly updates v their diversity department.

Since composing to the top of ABC, NBC, CBS and also FOX in early May that tastecraftedmcd.com’s intentionally to proceed meetings with them, none haveyetagreed toongoing annual meetings, v ABC reassertingitsstance from November. And ABC andCBShave refuse to provide far better information for the issuing that this Report Card.

“With hate crimes against Asian american being maybe the highest because the bombing of Pearl port in 1941, civilization are fear to walk out,” says tastecraftedmcd.com president Robert Chan. “On a daily basis, we hear of Asians being beaten on the roads for noreasonotherthan their ethnicity.Peoplein our communityaretelling us how necessary it is for us to re-engage v the networks since it’s also more critical to have them go to developing TV series which humanize Asian/Pacific Islanders and make castle relatable come viewers, to display how much in common we have actually with everyone so the we’re no so conveniently made targets anytime there space frictions between the united States and also Asian countries. However the last meetings we had actually with the networkswerein October 2019 and Fox’s creative execs have refused to accomplish with the coalition since 2013.”

“Following the killing of George Floyd last May,” says starting tastecraftedmcd.com President male Aoki, “many enterprise escalated efforts to aid African Americans. Media carriers that had actually previously rejected using quotassuddenly began to perform them, establish letting things happen ‘organically’ was not working. CBS, who’d always told usitdidn’t want to use quotas together a benchmark because that hiring people of shade (POC), now say that for the 2021-2022 season,it isaiming to have at the very least 25% of your script development budget specialized to POC creators and also for the writers room of all of their mirrors to be at least 40% POC (increasing come 50% because that the 2022-2023 season).

“The networks, streaming services and also movie studios have actually made much more sincere initiatives to develop projects written, produced, command by and starring african Americans so that everyone deserve to learn what the is to be in your shoes. In the wishes that we can end up being a far better country.

“Increasedviolence against Asian Americans has actually gone on because that over a year due to the fact that the COVID-19 shutdown.The networks, streaming services, and movie studiosmust commit to amplifying the asian American voice, therefore our fellow citizens know that we also have had actually a background of struggle, that us have challenged a various kind the racism because that centuries.”

Besides being one of the initial 5 establishments to sign the MOUs v the networks, tastecraftedmcd.com has actually historically to be the most active of the APAMC establishments with an ext members attending network meetings end the years than all the other groups combined. Some highlights that tastecraftedmcd.com’s impact on the networks:

·In 2007, Aoki persuaded CBS president Nina Tassler to hold meetings with the writers and producers of she TV series and the APAMC–and later, the heads of the Multi-Ethnic Coalition–to comment on ways that incorporating world of shade into your existing shows and also creating brand-new ones. This historical event end up being an annual one.

·In the loss of 2011, as co-chair the the APAMC, Aoki issued a difficulty to the networks to air a display which starred an asian American (first surname in the credits) within 3 years. Fox’s The Mindy task starring Indian American Mindy Kaling became a collection one year later. Stalker (Maggie Q) and Fresh off The boat followed.

·Because Aoki check CBS wasn’t including sufficient local Asian/Pacific Islanders in its rebooted Hawaii Five-O series, in 2012, the network flew over casting executives to Honolulu come sponsor a mixer and also actors workshop come find brand-new talent.

· In 2013, tastecraftedmcd.com made headlines by asking Fox come re-shoot scenes of that is upcoming sitcom Dads, which the press had agreed to be racist towards Asians.

· In March, 18 year after tastecraftedmcd.comfirstasked NBC and also Jay Leno for an apology for making jokes around Koreans eat dogs and also Chinese restaurants serving cats in his Tonight present monologues, Leno approve a joint push release v tastecraftedmcd.com apologizing because that the damages his stereotyped joke caused and pledging to occupational to assist the asian American community

Report Cards for Networks 2019-2020 Season

(Grades because that 2018-19 in parentheses)

ABCCBSFOXNBC
GradesGradesGradesGrades
Actors (regular/recurring)A- (A)C+(B-)C- (D+)B- (C+)
Unscripted (hosts/contestants)C (C-)B- (C+)B (C+)C- (D+)
Writers/ProducersB (B)C (C+)C- (C+)C+ (C)
Directors (incl # of episodes directed)B+(B+)B+(B+)B (B)C (C+)
DevelopmentD+(B+)B- (B)B(F/I*)B (C-)
Commitment to DiversityB+ (A-)B+ (B)D+(D+)C (C+)
Diversity Dept. RelationshipC- (B-)F (B)D (C-)D (C+)
Overall GradeC+ (B)C+ (B-)C (C-)C (C)

*Incomplete, no data listed by network

Report Card

This Report card surveys the 2019-2020 season which began in September 2019 and also ended in might 2020. Shortly before that, the pandemic shut under production and also forced some series to finish prematurely v a grasp of to plan episodes delay to the existing 2020-2021 season. However, the did no substantially change the statistics of many of the categories except for director (who obtained to shoot a couple of less episodes) and advance (only one pilot to be shot gradually for factor to consider to end up being a series for the 2020-2021 season while other projects were either abandoned or delayed a year).

For the an initial time because the 2006-2007 season, all four networks have all at once grades in the C range. ABC and CBS have actually their worst grade (C+) because the 2011-2012 season.

ABC score the highest qualities in three of the 7 categories: actors (A-), Writers/Producers (B), Diversity Department connection (C-) and tied in two categories v CBS: directors (B+) and also Commitment come Diversity (B+). It had actually the worst mark in advancement (D+).

Fox took peak honors for Unscripted (B) and tied through NBC for development (B). It had the worst grades for actors (C-), Writers/Producers (C-) and Commitment come Diversity (D+).

CBS tied with ABC for the ideal Directors (B+) and also Commitment to Diversity qualities (B+). It gained sent come detention because that the worst Diversity Department partnership grade (F).

NBC tied through Fox because that best breakthrough grade (B) but got the lowest marks because that Unscripted (C-) and also Directors (C).

ABC

Actors(regulars and recurring ~ above scripted shows) fell from 25 (12.1%) come 20 (10%). This to be the critical season for Marvel’s Agents the S.H.I.E.L.D. And Fresh turn off The boat (FOTB). Since of the prestige of FOTB starring a family of six oriental Americans regulars v whom we check out the world and cheer for their successes, alphabet maintains itsA- gradefor the fourth year in a row.

For the just finished 2020-2021 season, preliminary statistics indicate there were only 11 API regulars (6.2%),the lowest due to the fact that the 2011-2012 season. In his critical meeting v the network in October 2019, man Aoki warned alphabet that if both FOTB & SHIELD to be cancelled, they’d shed 8 regulars, for this reason they essential to make a concerted effort to construct shows which concentrated on Asian/Pacific Islanders (APIs). Apparently, that initiative failed: There were no far-ranging API regulars on any of the network’s brand-new shows and tastecraftedmcd.com to know of no pilots which were going to attribute AAs in a prominent role.

This contrasts v the previous 2018-2019 advancement season where the network had actually two pilots that would have focused on asian families (Chinese and South Asian) and also another the would have starred an AA (Harry Shum, Jr. In heart Of Life). Because that Development, alphabet takes a hard autumn from B+ to D+ (the worst of every the networks).

Writersfell from 25 (8.3%) come 19 (6.2%);Producersalso slipped indigenous 20 (7.7%) to 17 (6.5%). Over there wasn’t even an API producer on Grey’s Anatomy (one was hired for the 2020-2021 season), a present that refuses to include a constant API doctor also though there are twice as plenty of Asians living in Seattle 보다 African Americans and also certainly much more doctors. Due to the fact that ABC has much more writers/producers than any type of network, that retainsitsB, the optimal grade.

Unscripted: your numbers double from 4 (4%) to 7 (8%) but includes man Cho do a brief, one-time figure on the Oscars and Jimmy Kimmel’s guitarist, who never speaks. Brand-new show Holey Moley featured Jeannie Mai as a correspondent, authorized Carrie Ann Inaba who’s to be a referee on Dancing through the Stars due to the fact that 2005.Grade: C- come C.

Directorsincreased indigenous 15 (7.7%) to 18 (8.9%) if Directed illustration slipped native 36 (7.1%) come 27 (6.9%). The network hosted onto itsB+ grade, the greatest of all networks.

Diversity Dept Relationship:The an imaginative Talent development & inclusion team (CTDI)continues to have actually quarterly meetings with miscellaneous API organizations to offer them updates on that is diversity department’s efforts to rise inclusion at Disney-owned companies. CTDI will expand past reporting television data to incorporate various Disney own platforms.

But the TV data continues to it is in a confound soup with assorted POC names and series thrown with each other vs. Gift separated by race and show for easier understanding. We have repeatedly asked for a better sorting the the information to no avail. ABC also refused to clarify previously provided data. ItsB-from last year makes a full grade fall toC-.

Overall grade: C+,its lowest since the 2011-2012 season.

CBS

Actorsfell native 20 (10%) come 17 (9%), though tastecraftedmcd.com regards it together 17 come 14 because we have actually never embraced three that those APIs (Kimee Balmilero, Dennis Chun and Taylor Wily) who didn’t appear in every illustration of Hawaii-Five-O and when they did, usually just for 40 seconds to 2 minutes. These “regulars” probably organize the record for least amount of display time on any type of television show in history.

Five-O showrunner Peter Lenkov was later fired from Magnum P.I. And MacGyver for developing a hostile work-related environment and also complaints that racism and sexism.

Katrina regulation was added as a brand-new cast member top top the last season that Five-O as was levying Tran ~ above MacGyver, upped native recurring. This 2019-2020 season experienced from the lose of Lucy Liu, co-star of Elementary, and Kunal Nayyar from huge Bang Theory

Surprisingly, there were just 2 recurring APIs ~ above Magnum PIthough Bobby Lee detailed comic relief. There to be no APIs on any of the NCIS reflects (though following season, Vanessa Lachey will certainly star in NCIS: Hawaii). There were no regulars on NCIS, NCIS: LA or NCIS: new Orleans and also only one recurring gibbs apiece top top the latter two. CBS drops fromB- come C+.

2020-2021 season simply ended: brand-new regulars include Kal penn in Clarice, Keisha lock Hughes on FBI: many Wanted and also Liza Lapira and also Laya Deleon Hayes top top The Equalizer; Charles Michael Davis was added to NCIS:New Orleans. Reggie Lee was supported from recurring to constant on all Rise.

Unscripted: The huge fall indigenous 93 (55%) to 13 (12%) is since during the 2018-2019 season the world Best and also Million dissension Mile video game shows featured a many of human being from Asia, i m sorry the APAMC doesn’t yes, really count, however we offered them some credit because that that. Because that 2019-2020, number fell ago closer to the 2017-2018 levels (15). 2 AAs were represented on 2 installments that Survivor apiece and also Julie Chen ongoing to host big Brother, which likewise had AA contestants and ran 3 times a week. Grade: C+ come B-

Writers/Producers: writers stayed flat at 11 come 11 while Producers fell from 12 to 8. Together, they continued to be steady: 23 (7%) to 19 (7%). No one of the producer were over the co-executive producer level, meaning no APIs in charge of running a show. Disappointingly, there was only 1 writer/producer and also 1 API writer on the last season that Five-O and Magnum P.I., both Hawaii shows. CBS fell from aC+ come C.

The number of uniqueDirectorsstayed level at 18 (8%) to 17 (8%) while command episodes dropped from 42 to 33 (7%). For the final season that Five-O, 4 API directors taken on 7 episodes, which is amazing since Peter Lenkovoversaw seasons where they handled none. Yet Magnum only supplied 2 directors. CBS retains itsB+grade.

Development:United says of Al certification Adhir Kalyan (Pakistani) as an Afghani (non-Asian) became a series. Fail pilots: Hannah Simone certification in Welcome come Georgia and also Meaghan Rath more than likely the 2ndcredited star in Jury Duty. 4 out of the 7 pilots would’ve featured 5 API regulars.

Last time, amongst other shows, CBS arisen Emperor the Malibu i m sorry would’ve been around an AA family, therefore the network did much better last season. 23.8% of every drama pitches CBS bought were from APIs, i beg your pardon is impressive. 10% of every comedy pitches bought to be from APIs, up from 1.1% the ahead season.

Since no various other network offers us pitches/specs info, it’s daunting to price CBS greater for their stats; we deserve to only judge them on the pilots/series the featured AAs. The network slips fromB come B-.

Commitment to Diversity (pipeline programs):Directing Initiative: 1 the end of 4 participants to be APIs as much as 3 out of 4 APIs; composing Mentoring Program: 1 out of 6 to be APIs approximately 2 out of 6; Diversity lay out Comedy Showcase: 6 the end of 21 were API come 7 the end of 20 (by comparison, castle picked just 6 afri Americans). The diversity team continued doing outreach to many colleges and found methods to continue that also after COVID hit. Grade: B to B+

Diversity Dept Relationship:While we appreciate CBS offering data ~ above pitches and also spec scripts for Drama and also Comedy advance and how numerous were bought, castle often provide only POC numbers and percentages, so we have actually a daunting time calculating how many were by APIs. There has actually been absolutely no communication with us on clarifying the data or if we’re going to satisfy again v them. One of the hardest falls ever before fromB to F.

Overall grade: B- to C+, your lowest due to the fact that the 2011-2012 season.

Fox (unlike critical year, the diversity department failed to provide % data)

Actors: 4 (3%) come 6; Recurring: 4 come 16. Return regulars encompass Kenneth Choi on 9-1-1 and Krista Marie Yu on Last man Standing. Brand-new 2019-2020 shows: Prodigal son with Lou Diamond Phillips and also Keiko Agena and the animated Bless The Harts with Kumail Nanjiani. Grade: D+ come C-

Unscripted: reality regulars 3 (10%) come 6 because Ken Jeong and Nicole Scherzinger room judges top top The masking Singer, which ran double in the 2019-2020 season. Lock were likewise guests ~ above the 4-episode limited series The masking Singer: ~ the Mask.

Reality specials: 0 to 0; Contestants: 4 (3%) to… not given.

Masked Singer proceeds to be among the highest-rated reflects of all the networks, and TMS:ATM did OK for an after show to masking Singer. The APAMC gave Fox a C+ for simply 10 episodes of TMS (plus someone that was a continuous on So girlfriend Think You have the right to Dance) when it debuted in the 2018-2019 season. In the 2019-2020 season lock aired 30 episodes in two separate installments (or “seasons”). So Jeong’s and also Scherzinger’s visibility was multiplied virtually 3 times on that display alone. Grade: C+ to B.

Current 2020-2021 season: On top of continuing to offer as a referee on The masking Singer, Jeong hosted and also co-executive created I have the right to See your Voice, offered as a panelist ~ above The masked Dancer and also co-hosted Fox’s new Year’s eve Toast & Roast 2021 v Joel McHale.

Writers/Producers: writers went up from 8 (4%) to 11; producers were cut in fifty percent from 12 (5%) come 6. Total: 20 (but currently they Fox claims it was 16) to 17. There to be no API producer on any kind of reality shows.Grade: C+ come C-

Directors:9 distinctive directors (Fox formerly said 10, 6%) to 13. Command episodes: 29 illustration to… no provided. Since most the the director on the 2018-2019 season worked on the same reflects in 2019-2020, we can assume they maintained 29 episodes or walk even greater but us don’t know. Grade: B again.

Development:“The clean Lady” certification Elodie Jung was ordered to pilot in April 2020 but unable come shoot due to the fact that of the pandemic until February 2021. It to be picked up as a series earlier this month. Produced & executive created by asian Canadians Miranda Kwok & Shay Mitchell and also includes Ginger Gonzaga in the cast.

Pivoting was ordered come pilot in February 2020 but due to the fact that of the pandemic no greenlit as a series until may 2021. It co-stars Maggie Q as one of the 3 leading ladies.

The animated series Housebroken was also developed throughout the ’19-20 season and also will begin airing later this month. It contains Greta Lee as one of the voice-over talents.Grade: F/Incomplete come B(tied with NBC for ideal grade in this category).

Commitment to Diversity:Fastrack, a non-scripted associate Producer Initiative choose 2 or 3 candidates to come to be associate producers on unscripted shows.Grade: D+ again.

Diversity Dept Relationship:They have actually expressed a willingness come meet and to prize questions about data and also provide lacking information but wait until the very last minute come even try and fall brief in providing what was asked because that months ago.Grade: C- to D

Overall Grade: C- again.

NBC

Actors: 12 (7.5%) approximately 15 (9.3%). This was the season Sunnyside debuted with 5 oriental regulars consisting of Kal penn as star & creator (but it to be the first cancellation of any show on any network and also was booted tonbc.comafter 4 episodes). Over there were brand-new AA regulars on board of directors of Dads and also Perfect Harmony joining two AAs on good Place. Every one of these shows were cancelled that season. There were 3 APIs ~ above Superstore (with Kaliko Kauahi elevated native recurring status), which ended in the 2020-2021 season.Grade: C+ to B-

2020-2021 seasonjust ended highlights: Young rock starring The Rock, developed by executive, management producer Nahnatchka Khan–who developed Fresh off the Boat–and Jeff Chiang who also worked on the show. It’s an excellent because we rarely get to see Pacific Islanders (PIs) in consistent roles. PIs pat the star’s mother, grandmother and also younger me in flashbacks. Over there are additionally multiple AA writers work-related on the comedy.

NBC upped 2 AA recurring personalities to cast members top top Zoey’s extraordinary Playlist, i m sorry previously had actually no asian American regulars–strange because that a present taking location at a high-tech firm in san Francisco.

Daniel Dae Kim had a strong recurring duty as the i was sure Dr. Cassian Shin in brand-new Amsterdam, that was introduced in the 2019-2020 season before the pandemic shut down production.Hamza Haq(Pakistani) starred in the Canadian import Transplant, though play a Syrian doctor.

Reality key cast: 4 (3.1%) come 6 (4.9%). When The Rock continues to host Titan Games, other APIs typically made just one or two appearances on vain shows. There room still no APIs ~ above Hollywood game Night. And also there to be no API judges top top The Voice, America’s obtained Talent or human being Of Dance. NBC still refuses to collect data on the number of API contestants on any competition series.Grade: D+ come C-

Writer/producers: 12 (3.8%) come 17 (5.1%); authors doubled from 4 come 8 while producers shot up from 8 to 14. The variety of producers (more important/powerful than writers) jumped in component because Kal penn was an executive, management producer top top Sunnyside and two others to be co-exec producers. Overall, though, the percentage of either stays low. Grade: C to C+

Directors:14 (5.9%) come 11 (5%); actually 10 unique directors down to 9 distinct directors; variety of episodes directed dropped from 16 (4.6%) come 11 (3.4%).Grade: C+ to C.

Development: NBC refused to sell any gathered info and also didn’t say lot when asked about it in our last meeting with them in November 2019 either. Act our own research us found:

Young rock (at the very least 4 PI regulars; brand-new series for 2020-2021 season), failure pilots: Echo would’ve featured an Indian woman together the 2ndcredited star and Crazy because that You might’ve had actually Alice Lee (Zoey’s Playlist) put 2ndas well.

Last year, the APAMC knew of only one (failed) pilot that would’ve starred an AA. The prominence of special Pacific Islanders in the cast of Young rock leads come an development fromC- come B(tying Fox for highest breakthrough grade).

Commitment come Diversity: It can be argued that NBC has actually the best and most significant kinds the pipelines programs consisting of late-night writers and also sketch comedy showcases. But the APAMC and also tastecraftedmcd.com has graded castle on how many APIs participate in them. This details used to be listed to the APAMC prior to the annual meetings through the an innovative execs. Together time walk on, they were only listed to us at the meeting (giving us no time to evaluate it). Climate they report on only some the the programs. We can only item together numbers on 6 of the 12 well-known pipeline programs and also because the Diversity Department proceeds to stonewall us, its grade slips fromC+to C.

Diversity department Relationship: The diversity room is the only one the still refuses come respect the meaning of “recurring actors” as those making 3 to 6 appearances in a given collection and not 2 to 6, for this reason we store receiving inflated data. When asked for absent data, they comment late and offered web links to some 50 articles for us to check out to shot to number it out.Grade: C+ to D.

Overall grade: C again.

Current 2020-2021 season:

There’s a troubling trend: Preliminary data suggests that the number/percentage of API regulars because that the present 2020-2021 season dropped native 20 (10%) to 11 (6.2%) for abc (the worst because the 2011-2012 season) and also 14 to 13 (7%) for CBS;thesenetworkshave had actually the highest possible Actors grades in the critical 4 Report Cards. Although this might be early in part to a shortened/delayed television season since Hollywood was unable to shoot new episodes because that a while, that affects the number of episodes produced, not who the networks made decision to star or appear in your series. Specifically in light of the alarming climb in hate incidents again eastern Americans since March 2020, the networks have to recommit us to enhancing the number and also percentage that APIs on screen.

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