As TV Seeks Diverse Writing Ranks, Rising Demand Meets Short Supply

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Shows are scrambling to hire more minorities, but the pipeline of experienced writers is thin, a problem of the industry’s own making.

Dailyn Rodriguez, a veteran writer and producer, said she wasn’t necessarily looking to work on a new show for the coming season. But she suddenly found herself in high demand, her agents constantly fielding calls about her availability.

She was what one Hollywood executive called a “unicorn” — not just a Latina, but one who had risen through the television ranks.

“They told me, ‘We’re scrambling, because there’s like five of you, and they’re all working,’” said Ms. Rodriguez, who turned down other offers to remain a producer of “Queen of the South.”

 

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