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Annenberg Inclusion Initiative

Click here to read the newest report from Professor Stacy L. Smith and the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. The study is the most comprehensive and intersectional look at film, and examines 57,629 characters in 1,300 top films from 2007 to 2019.

Read more about the report in Variety, the LA Times, and Deadline.

There has been little to no progress when it comes to all speaking characters shown on screen in 13 years. A few key findings include:

  • 34% of all characters were female-identified.
  • 34.3% of speaking characters were from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups.
  • 1.4% of speaking characters were LGBTQ
  • 2.3% of speaking characters were depicted with a disability