My perception unless some of you people set me strait is that over the years the preponderance of instances has been to portray photographers in general ( in movies and tv) as losers, criminals who lure young beautifull women to their studios with obscure and perverse intentions etc. Other less derisive portrayals run the gamut of flailing wanabbees who can barely manage their equipment, don't have their cameras in sinc with their flashes so on and so forth.
My theory is that cinema directors and cinema photographers think so much more of themselves technically and creatively that giving a lowly photographer, some respect is beneath them. Honestly I can't remember the last time a saw a movie or a show on tv that described a photographer as an honest creative healthy role model. ( Unless it was a documentary).
I'd love to hear what other colleagues out there have to say about this subject. Cheers.