The producer's new initiative, Half, which he has set up with partners at his company Ryan Murphy Productions, will make sure at least 50 per cent of the directors on his shows, including Scream Queens, American Crime Story and American Horror Story, will either be women or minorities by the end of 2016.

"I personally can do better," he tells The Hollywood Reporter.

Murphy also plans to begin visiting college campuses around the U.S. to recruit students for mentoring programmes and internships in Hollywood.

"The industry has always been about, you come to us," he adds. "There's not a lot of effort and inclusion, and I'm saying, 'No, we're going to go to you'."