Let’s Count…

How many total nominations there were for Writers Guild of America’s annual awards.

And then we’ll count how many are women!  Should be fun and instructive, right?  The list is below.  Women are identified by their red names.

Here’s the breakdown:

There are 328 people nominated for WGA awards.  Of those 328, 78 are women.  That is 23.78%

Now, by category.

  • Dramatic Series: 50 total, 16 women = 32% [THIRD HIGHEST, thank you Mad Men]
  • Comedic Series: 63 total, 16 women = 25.4%
  • New Series: 36 total, 3 women = 8.3% [LOWEST that actually has a woman writer nominated]
  • Episodic Drama (one episode): 8 total, 1 woman = 12.5%
  • Episodic Comedy (one episode): 6 total, 0 women = 0% [tied for LOWEST percentage, obviously]
  • Long Form Original: 2 total, 0 women = 0% [tied for LOWEST percentage, obviously]
  • Long Form Adaptation: 7 total, 1 woman = 14.3%
  • Animation: 5 total, 1 woman = 20%
  • Comedy/Variety: 69 total, 9 women = 13%
  • Comedy/Variety Special: 14 total, 2 women = 14.3%
  • Daytime Serials: 35 total, 21 women = 60% [HIGHEST percentage]
  • Children’s Episodic & Specials: 5 total, 0 women = 0% [tied for LOWEST percentage, obviously]
  • Children’s Script: 4 total, 2 women = 50% [tied for SECOND HIGHEST]
  • Documentary Current Events: 9 total, 2 women = 22%
  • Documentary Other Than Current Events: 9 total, 1 woman = 11% [SECOND LOWEST]
  • News Regularly Scheduled: 2 total, 1 woman = 50% [tied for SECOND highest]
  • News Analysis, Feature, Commentary: 4 total, 2 women = 50% [tied for SECOND HIGHEST]

List of nominees after the jump…

The WGA TV Nominations for 2011:

DRAMATIC SERIES

Boardwalk Empire, Written by Meg Jackson, Lawrence Konner, Howard Korder, Steve Kornacki, Margaret Nagle, Tim Van Patten, Paul Simms, Terence Winter; HBO

Breaking Bad, Written by Sam Catlin, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchison, George Mastras, Tom Schnauz, John Shiban, Moira Walley-Beckett; AMC

Dexter, Written by Scott Buck, Manny Coto, Charles H. Eglee, Lauren Gussis, Chip Johannessen, Jim Leonard, Clyde Phillips, Scott Reynolds, Melissa Rosenberg, Tim Schlattmann, Wendy West; Showtime

Friday Night Lights, Written by Bridget Carpenter, Kerry Ehrin, Ron Fitzgerald, Etan Frankel, Monica Henderson, David Hudgins, Rolin Jones, Jason Katims, Patrick Massett, Derek Santos Olson, John Zinman; NBC

Mad Men, Written by Jonathan Abrahams, Lisa Albert, Keith Huff, Jonathan Igla, Andre Jacquemetton, Maria Jacquemetton, Brett Johnson, Janet Leahy, Erin Levy, Tracy McMillan, Dahvi Waller, Matthew Weiner; AMC

COMEDY SERIES

30 Rock, Written by Jack Burditt, Hannibal Buress, Kay Cannon, Robert Carlock, Tom Ceraulo, Vali Chandrasekaran, Tina Fey, Jon Haller, Steve Hely, Matt Hubbard, Dylan Morgan, Paula Pell, John Riggi, Josh Siegal, Ron Weiner, Tracey Wigfield; NBC

Glee, Written by Ian Brennan, Brad Falchuk, Ryan Murphy; Fox

Modern Family, Written by Jerry Collins, Paul Corrigan, Alex Herschlag, Abraham Higginbotham, Elaine Ko, Joe Lawson, Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd, Dan O’Shannon, Jeffrey Richman, Brad Walsh, Ilana Wernick, Bill Wrubel, Danny Zuker; ABC

Nurse Jackie, Written by Liz Brixius, Rick Cleveland, Nancy Fichman, Liz Flahive, Jennifer Hoppe-House, Mark Hudis, Linda Wallem, Christine Zander; Showtime

The Office, Written by Jennifer Celotta, Daniel Chun, Greg Daniels, Lee Eisenberg, Brent Forrester,  Amelie Gillette, Charlie Grandy, Steve Hely, Jonathan A. Hughes, Mindy Kaling, Carrie Kemper, Jason Kessler, Paul Lieberstein, Warren Lieberstein, B.J. Novak, Peter Ocko, Robert Padnick, Aaron Shure, Justin Spitzer, Gene Stupnitsky, Halsted Sullivan, Jon Vitti; NBC

NEW SERIES

Boardwalk Empire, Written by Meg Jackson, Lawrence Konner, Howard Korder, Steve Kornacki, Margaret Nagle, Tim Van Patten, Paul Simms, Terence Winter; HBO

Justified, Written by Dave Andron, Wendy Calhoun, Benjamin Cavell, Fred Golan, Gary Lennon, Benjamin Daniel Lobato, Chris Provenzano, Graham Yost; FX

Men of a Certain Age, Written by Bridget Bedard, Warren Hutcherson, Rick Muirragui, Jack Orman, Ray Romano, Mike Royce, Lew Schneider, Mark Stegemann; TNT

Treme, Written by Lolis Eric Elie, David Mills, Eric Overmyer, George Pelecanos, Tom Piazza, Davis Rogan, David Simon; HBO

The Walking Dead, Written by Frank Darabont; Charles H. Eglee, Robert Kirkman, Jack LoGiudice, Glen Mazzara; AMC

EPISODIC DRAMA – any length – one airing time

“Boom” (The Good Wife), Written by Ted Humphrey; CBS

“The Chrysanthemum and the Sword” (Mad Men), Written by Erin Levy; AMC

“The End” (Lost), Written by Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse; ABC

“Help Me” (House), Written by Russel FriendGarrett LernerPeter Blake; Fox

“I.F.T.” (Breaking Bad), Written by George Mastras; AMC

“I See You” (Breaking Bad), Written by Gennifer Hutchison; AMC

EPISODIC COMEDY – any length – one airing time

“Anna Howard Shaw Day” (30 Rock), Written by Matt Hubbard; NBC

“Earthquake” (Modern Family), Written by Paul CorriganBrad Walsh; ABC

“Nightmayor” (The Sarah Silverman Program), Written by Dan Sterling; Comedy Central

“Starry Night” (Modern Family), Written by Danny Zuker; ABC

“When It Rains, It Pours” (30 Rock), Written by Robert Carlock; NBC

“Wuphf.com” (The Office), Written by Aaron Shure; NBC

LONG FORM – ORIGINAL – over one hour – one or two parts, one or two airing times

The Special Relationship, Written by Peter Morgan; HBO

You Don’t Know Jack, Written by Adam Mazer; HBO

LONG FORM – ADAPTATION – over one hour – one or two parts, one or two airing times

The Pacific, “Part Four,” Written by Robert Schenkkan and Graham Yost, Based in part on the books “Helmet for My Pillow” by Robert Leckie and “With The Old Breed” by Eugene B. Sledge with additional material from “Red Blood, Black Sand” by Chuck Tatum and “China Marine” by Eugene B. Sledge; HBO

The Pacific, “Part Eight,” Written by Robert Schenkkan and Michelle Ashford, Based in part on the books “Helmet for My Pillow” by Robert Leckie and “With The Old Breed” by Eugene B. Sledge with additional material from “Red Blood, Black Sand” by Chuck Tatum and “China Marine” by Eugene B. Sledge; HBO

The Pillars of the Earth, Written for television by John Pielmeier, Based on the book by Ken Follett; Starz

Temple Grandin, Teleplay by Christopher Monger and William Merritt Johnson, Based on the books “Emergence” by Temple Grandin and Margaret Scariano and “Thinking In Pictures” by Temple Grandin; HBO

ANIMATION – any length – one airing time

“Lrrreconcilable Ndndifferences” (Futurama), Written by Patric M. Verrone; Comedy Central

“Moe Letter Blues” (The Simpsons), Written by Stephanie Gillis; Fox

“O Brother, Where Bart Thou?” (The Simpsons), Written by Matt Selman; Fox

“The Prisoner of Brenda” (Futurama), Written by Ken Keeler; Comedy Central

“Treasure Hunt” (Back at the Barnyard), Written by Tom Sheppard; Nickelodeon

COMEDY / VARIETY – (INCLUDING TALK) SERIES

Penn & Teller: Bullshit!, Writers: Penn Jillette, Teller, Star Price, David Wechter, Michael Goudeau, Steve Melcher, Tom Kramer, Rich Nathanson; Showtime

Saturday Night Live, Head Writer: Seth Meyers; Writers: Doug Abeles, James Anderson, Alex Baze, Jillian Bell, Hannibal Buress, Jessica Conrad, James Downey, Steve Higgins, Colin Jost, Erik Kenward, Jessi Klein, Rob Klein, John Lutz, Seth Meyers, Lorne Michaels, John Mulaney, Christine Nangle, Michael Patrick O’Brien, Paula Pell, Ryan Perez, Simon Rich, Marika Sawyer, Akiva Schaffer, John Solomon, Emily Spivey, Kent Sublette, Jorma Taccone, Bryan Tucker; NBC

The Colbert Report, Writers: Barry Julien, Dan Guterman, Eric Drysdale, Frank Lesser, Glenn Eichler, Jay Katsir, Max Werner, Meredith Scardino, Michael Brumm, Opus Moreschi, Peter Gwinn, Rich Dahm, Rob Dubbin, Scott Sherman, Stephen Colbert, Tom Purcell; Comedy Central

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Writers: Rory Albanese, Kevin Bleyer, Richard Blomquist, Steve Bodow, Tim Carvell, Wyatt Cenac, Hallie Haglund, JR Havlan, Elliott Kalan, Josh Lieb, Sam Means, Jo Miller, John Oliver, Daniel Radosh, Jason Ross, Jon Stewart; Comedy Central

COMEDY / VARIETY – MUSIC, AWARDS, TRIBUTES – SPECIALS

The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special – In 3-D On Ice!, Written by Jeremy Chilnick, Morgan Spurlock; Fox

National Memorial Day Concert 2010, Written by Joan Meyerson; PBS

Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Academy Awards, Written by Tony Barbieri, Jonathan Bines, Will Burke, Gary Greenberg, Sal Iacono, Jimmy Kimmel, Jonathan Kimmel, Jacob Lentz, Molly McNearney, Bryan Paulk, Rick Rosner; ABC

DAYTIME SERIALS

As the World Turns, Written by Susan Dansby, Lucky Gold, Janet Iacobuzio, Penelope Koechl, David Kreizman, Leah Laiman, David A. Levinson, Leslie Nipkow, Jean Passanante, Gordon Rayfield, David Smilow; CBS

General Hospital, Written by Meg Bennett, Nathan Fissell, David Goldschmid, Robert Guza, Jr., Karen Harris, Elizabeth Korte, Mary Sue Price, David F. Ryan, Tracey Thomson, Michele Val Jean, Susan Wald; ABC

One Life to Live, Written by Shelly Altman, Ron Carlivati, Anna Theresa Cascio, Aida Croal, Carolyn Culliton, Frederick Johnson, Elizabeth Page, Gordon Rayfield, Melissa Salmons, Katherine Schock, Scott Sickles, Courtney Simon, Chris VanEtten; ABC

CHILDREN’S EPISODIC & SPECIALS

“Happy Ha-Ha Holidays” (Imagination Movers), Written by Michael G. Stern, Randi Barnes, Rick Gitelson, Scott Gray; Disney Channel

“True Magic” (True Jackson, VP), Written by Andy Gordon; Nickelodeon

CHILDREN’S SCRIPT- LONG FORM OR SPECIAL

Avalon High, Teleplay by Julie Sherman Wolfe and Amy Talkington, Based on the novel by Meg Cabot; Disney Channel

The Boy Who Cried Werewolf, Written by Art Brown, Douglas Sloan; Nickelodeon

DOCUMENTARY — CURRENT EVENTS

“College, Inc.” (Frontline), Written by Martin Smith, John Maggio; PBS

“Flying Cheap” (Frontline), Written by Rick Young; PBS

“The Card Game” (Frontline), Written by Lowell Bergman, Oriana Zill de Granados; PBS

“The Quake” (Frontline), Written by Martin Smith, Marcela Gaviria; PBS

“The Vaccine War” (Frontline), Written by Jon Palfreman; PBS

“The Warning” (Frontline), Written by Michael Kirk; PBS

DOCUMENTARY — OTHER THAN CURRENT EVENTS

Baseball: The Tenth Inning, “Episode 1,” Written by David McMahon, Lynn Novick, Ken Burns; PBS

Dolley Madison, Written by Ronald H. Blumer; PBS

“Hubble’s Amazing Rescue” (Nova), Written by Rushmore DeNooyer; PBS

“LBJ’s Path to War” (Bill Moyers Journal), Written by Bill Moyers, Michael Winship; PBS

“Riddles of the Sphinx” (Nova), Written by Gary Glassman; PBS

“Wyatt Earp” (American Experience), Written by Rob Rapley; PBS

NEWS — REGULARLY SCHEDULED, BULLETIN OR BREAKING REPORT

“Sunday Morning Almanac” (CBS Sunday Morning), Written by Thomas A. Harris; CBS News

“The Flash Crash” (CBS News), Written by R. Polly Leider; CBS News

NEWS — ANALYSIS, FEATURE, OR COMMENTARY

“Democracy for Sale” (Bill Moyers Journal), Written by Bill Moyers, Michael Winship; PBS

“Making the Band, Making the Difference” (Good Morning America), Written by Mary Pflum; ABC News

“Resurrecting Eden” (60 Minutes), Written by Jenny Dubin; CBS

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  2. Hi, I linked over here from Shakesville and the Wednesday Blog-a-Round. Just wanted to say thank you for posting the breakdown and statistics of these nominations. I’ve been extremely aware for a long time of how women are under-represented in Hollywood in the areas of writing, directing and other jobs that are not “behind-the-scenes” arts/costumes/make-up (the exception being actresses, and that’s a whole other banana for discussion). But seeing the numbers really gives it that much more impact.

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  4. This really proves how sexist viewers are. They are looking at the writers and only watching shows that have predominantly male writers! I think we should demand affirmative action on public networks. All the female writers who couldn’t get jobs on successful TV shows should be hired to write their own government funded shows until female writers make up 50% of the shows on TV. And until then, let’s just give them their own blogs to lament on the state of the lack of good female writers.

  5. I actually have no idea where you came with the idea that these numbers are at all directed towards the viewers as the awards themselves aren’t tied to audience numbers. These are the writers that Hollywood’s own writers have chosen to honor. If anything it shows one of two things: 1) Either Hollywood discriminates against hiring female writers across the board or 2) It honors shows that happen to not hire female writers (there are the few exceptions, like Mad Men and the daily soap operas). I would guess that 98% of viewers have no idea who is writing the TV shows that they are watching.

    I guess you imagine that belittling me and trying to make me feel bad that I have only a blog and am not a TV writer will suddenly cause me to see that my pointing out the discrepancy in numbers is so ridiculous. You can’t bully me and your attempt at bullying failed. But I guess if finding the blogs of women and telling them how it is with condescension and derision is your thing, then me telling you that bullying doesn’t work probably won’t matter.

    I’m not alone in my observations, either. So, even though I made no conclusions and did not call for any action, I will now post a link to a report from 2009 of the WGA that says that Hollywood discriminates against female writers. There is also this report from early 2010 about this problem. Of course, you don’t think this is a problem (that’s your whole point – I’m freaking out over nothing because I am just a stupid lady!). You see this not as something systemic but as a coincidence or a result of women being way worse writers than men. And if that is seriously what you think, then watch out! Your privilege is showing!

  6. I don’t troll blogs unless they show complete lack of logic as yours did. In fact I don’t think I’ve seen one so bad to comment on in over a year.

    You are 100% proving my point. Viewers do not know which shows have male or female writers. They only know good shows from bad shows. Shows they want to watch from shows where they’ll change the channel. How many viewers want to watch L-word or Lipstick Jungle compared to viewers are watching action/crime dramas? If all women are writing is trash like Lipstick Jungle (which was a horrible version of the L-word) and daytime soaps, I’m not surprised they’re not well represented in these awards. Nobody wants to watch those kinds of shows and they will not be produced in quantities. If however women start writing quality programs, they will have viewers and get their award nominations. How about this, if women get hired to write for shows, try to write them with quality so they’re not canceled! I think having a show canceled makes it just a little bit more difficult to get a nomination.

    From your second link:
    L-word: cancelled
    Cold Case: cancelled
    Californiation: still going and I actually love the writing in it
    Life is Wild: cancelled
    Lipstick Jungle: cancelled

    I’m starting to see a pattern here.

    And it may come as a surprise that ““White males continue to dominate in both the film and television sectors. Women remain stuck at 28 percent of television employment and 18 percent of film employment.”” says nothing about discrimination but I guess when you think the world discriminates against women that every disparity looks like discrimination. What’s the percentage of women graduating film school? What is the percentage of women that leave the industry for maternity and never return? Once you can cite those numbers why would you ever think a difference in % has anything to do with discrimination?

    Did you know men make up 80% of students enrolled in engineering? Oh no!!! Colleges discriminate against women in engineering! You’re right; I have privilege which allows me to see things clearly without the hysterics (I love using that word with feminists…) of someone who believes discrimination happens everywhere that there is a disparity. You lack that privilege which is why you have a distorted view. It’s like you’re an ant trying to tell an astronaut that the earth is flat because you believe the earth is flat and everything you have ever seen is flat and therefore the astronaut is wrong. Next time you call someone privileged, just think maybe you’re really a ant talking to an astronaut. Maybe they actually have a better perspective on things than you do. Privilege… woe to those who use it to deny someone’s argument. It can mean the exact opposite from what you thought it meant. I think it’s still so common among feminists because they only use it when talking amongst themselves. Eventually someone with half a brain will enlighten them about what it really means.

    By the way did you know women make up 77% of the income of men? Yet another percentage number that not only is completely misleading has nothing to do with discrimination.

    As an aside, I went to college with someone who studied writing and went to film school and is a writer in Hollywood. Not terribly successful but he’s doing okay. From what I can tell, #1 the ratio of men v.s. women in film school is skewed towards men. Second, writing and film school is brutal. It is competitive and negatively reviewing each others’ work is how they get themselves ahead. If you think I’m bullying you, you have no idea what the word means. Try going to film school. I’m not surprised that women find other jobs instead of writing. Why don’t you start talking to people who are writers and invite them for coffee to understand their profession better.

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