January 23, 2018 6:24PM PT
The latest front in Hollywood’s push for pay parity are anonymous Google docs making the rounds in an effort to bring transparency to the going rates for TV writers, actors and assistants.
Two Google docs dubbed “TV Actors SALARY” and “TV WRITERS SALARY” are ricocheting through the industry via social media posts. The documents urge readers to input anonymous information about their salaries for working on series and pilots for specific networks and studios. The spreadsheets ask for gender, race and ethnicity details of contributors as well as the experience level of each person, which has long been one of the biggest determinants of wages.
The spreadsheets have quickly filled up with details. A female co-producer who is a person of color working on an hourlong Warner Bros. TV production for the CW makes $15,000 an episode, for a 23-episode order. A female story editor who is not a person of color working on an hourlong Fox production for A&E Network makes $5,900 a week.
The actors salary list had far fewer entries by early evening Tuesday. Most of the entries on the writers list appeared to come from women but the “M” column was also starting to fill up with entries.
The anonymous, crowd-sourced effort naturally has its limitations as an accurate measure of salaries and disparities between the earnings of the white men who continue to dominate the industry and women and persons of color.
But the effort reflects the activist spirit in this moment of #MeToo and Time’s Up movements focused on combatting sexual harassment in all its forms and breaking down gender, racial and ethnic barriers to employment.
TV female writers trying to seek parity for our sisters of color … we all sit at the same table and do the same work. https://t.co/GBwH1chmoj
— Audrey Wauchope (@audreyalison) January 23, 2018