The Representation Project is a premier research organization with a focus on gender representations in media. Our research enables content creators to produce more inclusive and diverse worlds on big and little screens. The Rep Project analyzes representations with an intersectional focus on gender, race, disability, age, body size, sexuality, and social class.
Led by Dr. Caroline Heldman, the team includes expert researchers with over two decades of experience in professional and academic research. Our team designs, implements, analyzes, and creates custom reports on all forms of media representation. We produce proprietary and public-facing sponsored research, as well as our own studies of representations in film, television, video games, advertising, award shows, and other media.
Outstanding Drama Series Winners
Only one-in-three (35.4%) Outstanding Drama Series winners center women’s lives.
Only 2.3% of winners feature a lead of color.
Only 4.5% of Outstanding Drama Series winners feature a lead with a disability.
There has never been a winner that features an Asian, Black, Middle Eastern/North African (MENA), Native American/Pacific Islander, or South Asian lead.
No Outstanding Drama Series winner has ever centered the story of an LGBTQ+ lead, a larger woman lead, or a woman lead ages 50+.
Outstanding Comedy Series Winners
Women leads are underrepresented among Outstanding Comedy Series winners (43.1% compared to 50.8% of women in the US population).
Only 3.3% of winners feature a lead of color.
LGBTQ+ leads are well represented among winners compared to the US population (6.5% compared to 4.5%).
There has never been a Outstanding Comedy Series winner that features an Asian, MENA, Native American/Pacific Islander, or South Asian lead.
No Outstanding Comedy Series winner has ever centered the story of a larger woman lead, or a lead with a disability.
This report examines the current state of media representations in film, television, advertising, video games, and music. More specifically, we analyze data from the past decade on representations of gender, race, age, disability, body size, and sexuality in different media types. This report establishes benchmarks to measure progress and to promote collaboration in the media research space.
This report was produced for the fifth annual State of Media Summit, co-sponsored by the Provincetown Film Society, The Representation Project, and the Center for Intersectional Media and Entertainment (CIME). Participants of the first Summit1 in 2017 generated a White Paper on Gender Inequality in Film and Television, and we expand upon this earlier report.
This State of Media Report combines publicly available data from a number of excellent research organizations, including:
The Hollywood Diversity Report, UCLA
The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
The Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, University of Southern California
The Center for the Study of Women in Television & Film, San Diego State University
The Writers Guild of America West
The Where We are on TV report, Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)