America's media and entertainment industries have a diversity problem in their leadership ranks, at least insofar as how they’re perceived by the public.

A recent study by insights platform Owler analyzed and compared people’s diversity perceptions of corporate leadership teams across various U.S. industries in the public and private sector, and found that media and entertainment came in 14th out of 17 different industries ranked.

The average diversity perception for companies within that sector was more than eight percent lower than the median perception score for other industries, according to the study.


Other industries to achieve low-ranking diversity perceptions included professional services (number-13), industrial goods and services (number-15) and telecommunications, which was second-to-last, taking the number-16 spot. Bottoming out the list was the real estate and construction sector.

By contrast, the industries that boasted the public's highest-rated diversity perceptions included the retail sector, which took the number-one spot, followed by transportation and warehousing, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, travel/leisure and the aerospace and defense industries.

The study, which rated only the public’s perception of corporate diversity across various industries in the U.S., didn’t analyze how diverse these organizations’ leadership teams actually are.

Owler’s 2017 Perceptions of Corporate Leadership Team Diversity report polled 11,700 stakeholders based on a dataset of more than 1,100 public and private companies, utilizing the company's own proprietary algorithm.