TV writers are sharing their salaries in a Google spreadsheet to combat pay disparity

TV writers are sharing their salaries in a Google spreadsheet to combat pay disparity
TV writers are sharing their salaries in a Google spreadsheet to combat pay disparity

TV writers, producers, executives, and assistants have been anonymously sharing their salaries in a extensively circulated Google spreadsheet this week as a part of an effort to assist folks working within the entertainment business achieve pay parity, The Hollywood Reporter studies.

The spreadsheet is broken down through type of job (staff author as opposed to assistant as opposed to govt), with columns for place or title, studio, community, amount of experience, and whether or not a person identifies as a person or a girl, or an individual of color. No particular TELEVISION series are discussed, although a few entries be aware if a show is scripted or unscripted.

there may be an enormous vary of salaries within the spreadsheet, which has more than ONE HUNDRED entries on the “team of workers writers” web page alone, however there does seem to be a minimum of a few disparity in pay. for example, a lady of colour who’s a co-producer on a CBS show says she makes $10,000 in step with episode, while a white woman who is a co-producer on a CBS show says she makes $14,000 per episode, and a white male co-manufacturer at CBS makes $SIXTEEN,000 in step with episode. Nonetheless, as a result of there’s no mention of which displays they work for, it’s tricky to make precise comparisons.

The spreadsheet comes in response to an extended-running dialogue concerning the gender pay hole in Hollywood. While Gillian Anderson returned for new episodes of the X-Files in 2016, she mentioned that she had first of all been offered handiest half the pay of her co-superstar, David Duchovny. In Advance this week, THR mentioned that Michelle Williams made $625,000 for Ridley Scott’s All The Cash within the Global whilst her costar Mark Wahlberg made $FIVE million. Ultimate week, Grey’s Anatomy megastar Ellen Pompeo, now the top-incomes TV actor, informed THR that she struggled for years to make as a lot as her co-superstar Patrick Dempsey. “A Man wouldn’t have any downside soliciting for $600,000 an episode,” she said. “And as women, we’re like, ‘Oh, can i ask for that? Is that ADEQUATE?’”

Again in September, a former employee at Google began an identical spreadsheet to assist girls and those of color be told what their co-staff have been making. The document, shared by approximately 1,200 US Google employees, discovered that girls on reasonable have been paid less than males, and that males’s bonuses tended to be upper, consistent with an research via The New York Times.

The introductory feedback at the TV spreadsheet name it a “excellent religion challenge,” and be aware that “people in trade are absolutely mindful that have, leverage, and so on and the like factor into pay — this is nonetheless helpful to many of us to cross-check.” Transparency about pay is usually cited a positive factor for staff, particularly for marginalized employees in industries that combat hugely with variety. A Few employers even inspire workers to not share their salaries with co-employees, a tactic that essentially benefits the company’s base line.

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