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 it's women & minority requirement.
Concurrent with the hiring goals, the Initiative launched the Half -Director Mentorship Program in which every director on every Ryan Murphy Television production mentors emerging 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.