LOS ANGELES (AP) - According to a Directors Guild of America study, the vast majority of first-time directors for TV series are white men.

LOS ANGELES (AP) According to a Directors Guild of America study, the vast majority of first-time directors for TV series are white men.

Of the nearly 500 directors hired for their initial job from 2009 to 2014, men represented 82 percent and women 18 percent, a guild study found. The ethnic breakdown of the first-time directors was 87 percent white and 13 percent minority, according to the study released Friday.

Paris Barclay, president of the Directors Guild, said that employing first-time directors represents a major opportunity to make a difference diversifying the ranks of directors. Instead, Barclay said, the industry is retaining the status quo that favors white males as TV directors.