Ryan Murphy launched Half aiming to make Hollywood more inclusive by creating equal opportunities for women and minorities behind the camera. Less than one year after launching Half, Ryan Murphy Television’s director slate hired 60% women directors and 90% met its women and minority requirement.
Concurrent with the hiring goals, the Half Initiative launched the Director Shadowing Program in which directors on every Ryan Murphy Television production mentors emerging and mid-career women and minority directors through pre-production and post-production, along with offering a significant stipend for their commitment. These funds provided critical stipends for travel, lodging, and daycare for working mothers, allowing them to meet personal financial obligations while gaining unprecedented access to further education and career growth.
In 2017, Ryan Murphy introduced Half Internships in conjunction with Mayor Eric Garcetti's Evolve Entertainment Fund hiring interns through Hire LA Youth.
Ryan Murphy TV shows that have had shadowing directors have included: American Horror Story, American Crime Story, 9-1-1, Pose, 9-1-1: Lone Star, The Politician, Ratched, Hollywood, Scream Queens, and Feud: Bette & Joan.