Recently there has been increased attention on the underrepresentation of women and people of color in Hollywood and the industry is making a concerted effort to ensure that the people we see on the screen and those behind the camera-- in the director’s chair, in the writers’ room and in the boardroom-- reflect the rich diversity of the world we live in.
As Hollywood strives to become a more inclusive industry, one that embraces diversity and fairness, many believe that these changes result in better storytelling. Queen of the South executive producer/co-showrunner Dailyn Rodriguez explains, “whether it's in the director ranks or writing rooms, more diverse view points allow for richer story telling that appeals to a larger swath of the population.” She continues, “audience members begin to see themselves more reflected in the TV shows and movies they watch and that's ultimately a positive thing for entertainment as well as our social fabric.”
Queen of the South is a prime example of a show that embraces diversity both in front of and behind the camera; a tradition Rodriguez says has been in place since the show’s first season. This season, aside from featuring a diverse cast, all thirteen episodes are directed by women or people of color. “We have a long way to go,” Rodriguez says, “but the trend to hire more diverse directors is encouraging. This boon in diverse hiring eventually trickles down to other crew positions, as well as actors in front of the camera.”
Now, meet the episodic directors of Queen of the South Season 4 who bring their own styles, techniques and perspectives to each episode:
Eduardo Sanchez (episodes 401, 402 & 413)
Darren Grant (episode 403)
Batan Silva (episode 404)
Jessica Lowrey (episode 405)
Leon Ichaso (episode 406)
Rebecca Rodriguez (episodes 407 & 410)
Laura Belsey (episode 408)
Steve Acevedo (episode 409)
Tawnia McKiernan (episode 411)
Ben Hernandez Bray (episode 412)
Watch Queen of the South Thursday nights at 10/9c on USA Network or catch up on full episodes online!