Behind-the-camera hiring both in film and TV is so statistically dismal that the American Civil Liberties Union last week called for an investigation into the industry’s “systemic failure” to hire female directors. However, while the percentage of big-screen directors has slipped, TV is displaying its potential for significant change. The contrast is due in part to studios’ obsession with costly action movies that are entrusted almost exclusively to veteran male directors.
The Women’s Media Center, founded by Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan and Gloria Steinem, has released a report showing low female employment numbers among casts and crews alike.
In the good news/bad news department, women in primetime TV equaled highs in employment on screen and behind the scenes, while continuing to lag well behind men by both measures, according to a new study.
The number of women working as writers and directors on primetime broadcast programs took a big tumble in the 2010-11 season, a new study reports — part of an overall decline in women’s employment as actresses and in key creative jobs behind the camera.