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Film Dialogue From 2,000 Screenplays Broken Down By Gender and Age
WGA Releases Report on Current State of Writer Diversity
WMC Releases 10-Year Review of Oscar Nominations & Gender
Comprehensive Annenberg Report on Diversity (CARD)
It’s a Man’s (Celluloid) World: Portrayals of Female Characters in the Top 100 Films of 2015
The Hollywood Reporter's Film Studio Scorecard: How much diversity is there in the Big Six?
Researchers have found a major problem with The Little Mermaid and other Disney movies
The Women of Hollywood Speak Out
DGA Feature Film Diversity Report: Only 6.4% of Directors Are Women
Women and the Big Picture: Behind-the-Scenes Employment on the Top 700 Films of 2014
Sundance Institute & Women In Film LA Launch Female Filmmakers Initiative
Women's Media Center's Emmy's Gender Study Shows Lack in Women Nominees
Boxed In Study Shows Women Execs are Key to Female Hires
DGA Study Tracks Diversity in Hiring of Episodic Directors
New USC Study Finds Minimal Growth for Women Characters in Feature Films
Sundance Institute and Women in Film LA Unveil Groundbreaking Study on Women Directors
UCLA 2015 Hollywood Diversity Report: Flipping the Script
2015 WGA Report: Women, Minority and Older TV Writers Lose Traction
It’s a Man’s (Celluloid) World: On-Screen Representations of Female Characters in the Top 100 Films of 2014
2014 Celluloid Ceiling Report
Gender within Film Crews
Independent Women: Behind-the-Scenes Employment on Festival Films in 2013-14
French Study Reveals Wide Gender Pay Gap
It’s a Man’s (Celluloid) World: On-Screen Representations of Female Characters in the Top 100 Films of 2013
Gender Inequality in Film: NYFA Infographic
Celluloid Ceiling 2013 Report
Gender @ the Movies: On-Line Film Critics and Criticism
Hollywood Pipeline: Still a Pipe Dream for Women?
Sundance, the Oscars and the Decline of Film Criticism—Not Just a Lady Problem
Why Women ­in Hollywood Can't Get Film Financing
2013 STUDY: The Status of Women in the U.S. Media
2013 STUDY: Exploring the Barriers and Opportunities for Independent Women Filmmakers
2012 STUDY: The Celluloid Ceiling
The Surge of Women at Sundance—And What it Means For Filmmaking
Geena on Gender: Geena Davis Symposium
2012 STUDY:Gender Roles and Occupations: A Look at Character Attributes & Job-Related Aspirations in Film & Television
2012 STUDY: The Status of Women in the U.S. Media
DGA's Grim Stats on Director Diversity in Television
2012 STUDY: Boxed-In
Study: We Benefit From Seeing Strong Women on TV
2012 STUDY: Independent Women
How Can Women Gain Influence in Hollywood?
2011 STUDY: It’s a Man’s (Celluloid) World
2011 STUDY: The Celluloid Ceiling
2011 STUDY: Boxed-In
Women In, Behind, and at the Movies
2010 STUDY: The Celluloid Ceiling
2010 STUDY: Boxed-In
In Oscar Directing Category, a Numbers Boost for Women and African Americans
Worst Network Pilot Season For Women?
2009 STUDY: Independent Women
2009 STUDY: The Celluloid Ceiling
Women in the Seats but Not Behind the Camera
'Fuck Them': Times Critic On Hollywood, Women & Why Romantic Comedies Suck
With Strong Female Characters, Hollywood Suffers From a Fear of Failure
Number of Women Working in TV Stays Steady
Female Directors on the Hunt for Work
2007 STUDY: Thumbs Down
Hollywood's Shortage of Female Power
The Lady Vanishes Yet Again
2004 STUDY: DGA Report
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Film Dialogue From 2,000 Screenplays Broken Down By Gender and Age
A recent article from Polygraph entitled "Film Dialogue From 2,000 Screenplays Broken Down By Gender and Age" uses interactive infographics to confirm that Hollywood films are predominantly about white men using interactive infographics. The creators of this in-depth article wanted to compile more data to back up the rhetoric that most films feature white men and answers to questions like how many movies are actually about men? How do different genres, the film’s era, or box-office revenue influence representation? What circumstances help films achieve more diversity? Polygraph set about compiling the number of lines for male and female characters from approximately 2,000 different films’ screenplays. See the results.

WGA Releases Report on Current State of Writer Diversity
The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) released a report in March 2016 on the progress minority writers have made compared to their white male counterparts. Minority writers according to WGAW are defined as those that are older, people of color, or women. The report focuses mainly on hiring and earning patterns in TV and film since the 2014 report. The current report reveals a mixture of slow, forward progress, stalls and reversals on the Hollywood diversity front. Women writers have made small advances in television employment and earnings since 2012. Though women writers also made small gains in film employment, the report reveals they lost ground in sector earnings by 2014. For minority television writers, however, any advances in employment share and relative earnings have stalled since the previous report. Only in the film sector have minority writers enjoyed any gains since 2012 — a slight increase in their share of employment and a small closing of the earnings gap."


WMC Releases 10-Year Review of Oscar Nominations & Gender
Women's Media Center has released a 10 year study of gender and Oscar nominations. From 2006-2015, nominations of women accounted for just 19% of all non-acting nominations (327 women compared to 1,387 men). The Oscars, awarded by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the largest and best-known organization of film professionals, offer prestige and high-profile recognition to their winners and their nominees. The lack of representation of women among Oscar nominees over the last decade both demonstrates and contributes to women’s under-representation in behind-the-scenes roles in film—particularly those with the greatest decision-making power.

Comprehensive Annenberg Report on Diversity (CARD)
USC Annenberg's Media, Diversity, & Social Change Initiative released the Comprehensive Annenberg Report on Diversity (CARD), a groundbreaking study on inclusivity in entertainment. The study analyzes inclusion in front of and behind the camera at ten major media companies (Sony, CBS, Hulu, Amazon, 21st Century Fox, etc.), focusing on films from major studios released in 2014 and prime-time, first-run, scripted series on broadcast, cable, and premium channels, as well as streaming services, from September 2014-August 2015. In the end, 109 films and 305 broadcast, cable, and digital series were included. The emphasis was on speaking characters (role, demographics, domesticity, and sexuality); gender of directors and writers; race and ethnicity of directors; and gender of high level executives. The goal: to arm media businesses with information they can use to improve their casting and hiring processes. The study was authored by Stacy L. Smith, PhD, Marc Choueiti, and Katherine Pieper, PhD, with assistance from Ariana Case and Artur Tofan.

It’s a Man’s (Celluloid) World: Portrayals of Female Characters in the Top 100 Films of 2015
It’s a Man’s (Celluloid) World, Dr. Martha Lauzen’s latest study, analyzes women in the top 100 domestic grossing films of 2015. For this report, Lauzen focuses on the percentages of female and male characters, characters’ demographic traits, and the relationship between on-screen female representation and the representation of women involved behind the camera. Dr. Lauzen has found that only 22% of protagonists in the top 100 domestic grossing films were women. Only 33% of the speaking roles in the top 100 included women, and only 18% of antagonists were women. Lauzen has also found the ethnic and racial diversity of female characters has remained unchanged with 76% of all female characters being white, 13% black, 4% Latina, 3% Asian, 2% other worldly, and 2% other.

The Hollywood Reporter's Film Studio Scorecard: How much diversity is there in the Big Six?
In the middle of ongoing pressure on the film industry to embrace gender and racial inclusion, The Hollywood Reporter has published a diversity scorecard for the decision-makers at the major studios. THR notes that women as a group are better represented than people of color among the listed executives. However, it is important to note that no woman leads a studio at the very top of the pyramid. And only two of the 17 female high profile decision makers who made the cut are women of color. Perhaps most egregiously, in a city where nearly half of the populace is Latino (47.5% according to a 2005-2009 survey), no Hispanics are represented in the scorecard.

Researchers have found a major problem with The Little Mermaid and other Disney movies
Linguists Carmen Fought and Karen Eisenhauer have been working on a project to analyze all the dialogue from the Disney princess franchise. The research, published recently on The Washington Post, demonstrates how films like The Little Mermaid represented a backward step in the princess genre.

The Women of Hollywood Speak Out
The New York Times Magazine recently published "The Women of Hollywood Speak Out," which addresses the struggle it has been for women to create a name for themselves in the entertainment industry. The article, penned by Maureen Dowd, features interviews from several of the entertainment industry's top woman directors, show runners and executives. Shonda Rhimes, Lena Dunham, and Kathleen Kennedy were a few of the women interviewed that weighed in on what seems to be the industry's fear of having more women in charge.

DGA Feature Film Diversity Report: Only 6.4% of Directors Are Women
The Directors Guild of America’s inaugural Feature Film Diversity Report, released December 9th, found that only 6.4% of feature film directors in 2013 and 2014 were women, and 1.3% were minority women. The study also found that the percentage of women directors was significantly lower for films that made over $10 million at the box office: below this marker, 11.6% of directors were women, and above, the percentage dropped to 3.1%.

Women and the Big Picture: Behind-the-Scenes Employment on the Top 700 Films of 2014
Dr. Martha Lauzen's latest study, Women and the Big Picture, is the first study to track women's behind-the-scenes employment on the top 700 theatrical released films (foreign films omitted) in a single year. The findings indicate that films with women directors (as well as those with at least one-third female executive producers and producers) employed substantially higher percentages of women in other key behind-the-scenes roles. For example, on films with female directors, women comprised 52% of writers. In contrast, on films with exclusively male directors, women accounted for just 8% of writers.

Sundance Institute & Women In Film LA Launch Female Filmmakers Initiative
This landmark study, authored by Cathy Schulman (President, Women in Film Los Angeles), Kirsten Schaffer (Executive Director, Women in Film Los Angeles), Keri Putnam (Executive Director, Sundance Institute) and Caroline Libresco (Director, Special Project & Senior Programmer, Sundance Institute) analyzes the obstacles facing women in American independent film. The third phase of this project uncovers how female directors fare after premiering at the Sundance Film Festival. The study concluded some interesting things: for example, the director gender gap is most noticeable in top-grossing films. Across 1,300 top-grossing films from 2002 to 2014, only 4.1 percent of all directors were female.

Women's Media Center's Emmy's Gender Study Shows Lack in Women Nominees
After concluding a 10-year gender study, the Women's Media Center has found that women have received only 22% of the nominations for Primetime Emmy's in writing, directing, producing and editing. At the most recent Emmy Awards, which aired on September 20, 2015, only 25% of nominees were women. WMC found that the problem stems from women not being hired for behind-the-scenes positions in the first place. Women must be present in the industry in order to be influential power players.

Boxed In Study Shows Women Execs are Key to Female Hires
Dr. Martha Lauzen's latest study of female employment in television reveals that when women are in charge, more women get hired within the industry. Lauzen, executive director of the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University, found that there is a correlation between shows that had a least one woman creator or exec producer and the level of female representation throughout the production. For example, During the 2014-15 season, 32% of writers were female on shows with a female exec producer, compared to 8% on shows with only male exec producers.

DGA Study Tracks Diversity in Hiring of Episodic Directors
A study conducted by the Directors Guild of America analyzing over 3,900 TV shows in the 2014-2015 season shows that women directors represented 16% of all episodic directors for broadcast, cable, and internet-based web series. The numbers show an overall positive trend, citing a 14% increase in women TV directors and a 20% year-over-year growth. This could be due, in part, to the increase of TV episodes aired over the past year; the 3,910 episodes produced yielded an increase in job opportunities for women and minorities alike.

New USC Study Finds Minimal Growth for Women Characters in Feature Films
The University of Southern California at Annenberg’s Media, Diversity, & Social Change Initiative has published a seven-year analysis of the gender, ethnic and sexual diversity of characters in feature films from 2007 through 2014. The study also examines people behind the camera, including content creators such as directors, producers, and writers, among others. This study is the most comprehensive analysis of diversity in recent popular films ever conducted, bringing together data assessing gender, race/ethnicity, and LGBT status in the top 100 movies of each year. The study reveals a complete picture of Hollywood’s indisputable bias against featuring females, people of color, and LGBT characters on screen.

Sundance Institute and Women in Film LA Unveil Groundbreaking Study on Women Directors
Sundance Institute and Women in Film Los Angeles, co-founders of the Female Filmmakers Initiative, unveiled Phase III of their groundbreaking study that reveals the barriers and opportunities in the careers of women narrative film directors after premiering a film at the Sundance Film Festival (SFF). The results from this study, authored by Dr. Stacy L. Smith of USC’s Annenberg School, demonstrate that women directors set out on a course that confirms and triggers a stereotype that may affect the deals they make and the opportunities they are offered.

UCLA 2015 Hollywood Diversity Report: Flipping the Script
A recent study by the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA finds that while an increasingly diverse TV, film and new media audience prefers diverse programming, women and minorities remain underrepresented both in front of and behind the camera.

2015 WGA Report: Women, Minority and Older TV Writers Lose Traction
This study from the Writers Guild of America shows that employment for women, minority and older (over age 50) writers decreased in 2013-2014. Employment of women writers fell 5%, from 30.5% to 29%. While it is the showrunners and executive producers who do the majority of the hiring, it is the networks who hire the showrunners; minorities held only 5.5% of those jobs last season, down from 7.8% two years earlier. The lack of diversity at the beginning of the hiring process likely ensures the lack of diversity at the end of it.
 
It’s a Man’s (Celluloid) World: On-Screen Representations of Female Characters in the Top 100 Films of 2014
By Martha Lauzen
This study examines on-screen representations of female characters in the top 100 grossing films of 2014. The number of female protagonists in 2014 was actually 4 percentage points lower than it was in 2002. However, in films with at least one woman director and/or writer, female representation was slightly better. Still, female characters remained heavily stereotyped throughout. 

2014 Celluloid Ceiling Report
By Martha Lauzen
The results of this study drive home the point that men continue to construct the vast majority of the visual and aural worlds featured in U.S. films. Last year, women comprised 17% of individuals working as directors, writers, executive producers, producers, editors, and cinematographers on the top 250 (domestic) grossing films. In 2014, there were less female-directed films than in 1998.

Gender within Film Crews
By Stephen Follows
A study of the gender split in the 2,000 highest grossing films (1994-2013) found that only 22.6% of all crew members were female. During the last 20 years, Tina Fey's 'Mean Girls' had the highest percentage of women on its crew (42%).
 
A recent study sponsored by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, San Diego State University.

French Study Reveals Wide Gender Pay Gap
By Melanie Goodfellow
A recent study by the National Cinema Centre looks at various aspects of female leadership and employment in French filmmaking. The study found a "gender pay chasm" with directors, production managers and many other roles.

 
By Martha M. Lauzen
Female characters remain dramatically under-represented as protagonists, major characters, and speaking (major and minor) characters in the top grossing films of 2013. The Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego University takes a closer look.
 
Gender Inequality in Film: NYFA Infographic
By Nicholas Zurko for the New York Film Academy
A glimpse into the state of women in film compiled from data regarding the top 500 films from 2007 to 2012. Researchers noted the visibility of some female trailblazers in terms of directing, producing and acting, but found that the gender disparity was still dramatic. Full Story.

Celluloid Ceiling 2013 Report
By Martha M. Lauzen
Behind-the-Scenes Employment of Women on the Top 250 Films of 2013: the Celluloid Ceiling is the longest-running and most comprehensive study of women's behind-the-scenes employment in film. This annual study is sponsored and conducted by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego University. 

Gender @ the Movies: On-Line Film Critics and Criticism
By Martha Lauzen
Martha Lauzen has released a new study that examines over 2,000 reviews penned by 145 writers designated as "top critics" on the film review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes over a two-month period in the spring of 2013. Men continue to dominate as film critics accounting for 78% of top critics and writing 82% of reviews. The critics — whether by accident or design — tend to gravitate to films directed and written by individuals of their own sex. Full Story.

Hollywood Pipeline: Still a Pipe Dream for Women?
By Jennifer Siebel Newsom and Martha M. Lauzen, Huffington Post, 2/22/2013
"Have we ever questioned what constitutes the pipeline for women working in film? Where does it begin? Is the launch pad graduation from top film and television schools across the country? Success with independent features? Short films?" Full story.

Sundance, the Oscars and the Decline of Film Criticism—Not Just a Lady Problem
By Roya Rastegar, The Nation, 2/22/2013
"Critics almost exclusively eviscerated the feature films directed by women that premiered at Sundance this year." Full story.

Why Women ­in Hollywood Can't Get Film Financing
By Lauren Sandler, Bloomberg, 2/21/2013
"Director Jill Soloway says the system won’t change until complicated “women’s films” are supported by ticket sales, not just festival juries." Full story.

2013 STUDY: The Status of Women in the U.S. Media
By Diana Mitsu Klos, Women's Media Center
"With females making up 51 percent of the U.S. population, there are business, societal and cultural imperatives that demand gender equality and equal participation. Diversifying the media landscape is critical to the health of our democracy." Full study (PDF).

2013 STUDY: Exploring the Barriers and Opportunities for Independent Women Filmmakers
Research by Stacy L. Smith, Ph.D., Katherine Pieper, Ph.D. and Marc Choueiti
The study, commissioned by Sundance Institute and Women In Film Los Angeles, is a first-of-its-kind research study examining gender disparity in American independent film. Full study (PDF).

2012 STUDY: The Celluloid Ceiling: Behind-the-Scenes Employment of Women on the Top 250 Films of 2012
By Martha M. Lauzen, PhD, Executive Director, Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, SDSU
"In 2012, women comprised 18% of directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, and cinematographers. This represents no change from 2011 and an increase of 1 percentage point from 1998." Full study (PDF).

The Surge of Women at Sundance—And What it Means For Filmmaking
By Sharon Waxman, The Wrap, 1/20/2013
"Sex is always a big topic at Sundance, but this year it come from the women’s perspective. That’s because for the first time Sundance has an equal number of women as men directors in competition—eight—with more than a dozen other women directors in other sections of the festival." Full story.

Geena on Gender: Geena Davis Symposium
By Jenny Peters, Variety, 11/13/12
Geena Davis of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, which the actress founded in 2004, discusses sponsoring the largest research study ever done on G-rated films and television shows made for kids 11 and under and the 3rd Annual Symposium on Gender Media. Full story.

2012 STUDY:Gender Roles and Occupations: A Look at Character Attributes & Job-Related Aspirations in Film & Television
By Stacy L. Smith, Ph.D, Marc Choueiti, Ashley Prescott, Katherine Pieper, Ph.D
This study analyzes film and television speaking role characters in family and primetime programming for gender roles, stereotypes, and the degree to which genders are represented in prestigious industries in media programming. Full study (PDF).

2012 STUDY: The Status of Women in the U.S. Media
By Robin H. Pugh Yi, Ph.D and Craig T. Dearfield, M.A., Women's Media Center
This report provides a broad overview of the status of women in U.S. media at the beginning of 2012. Full study (PDF).

DGA's Grim Stats on Director Diversity in Television: 'Our Industry Has to Do Better'
By Sophia Savage, Indiewire.com, 9/27/2012  
"‘We just don’t know anybody,’ doesn’t cut it anymore—the pool of talented and experienced women and minority directors grows every year, and too many of these qualified, capable directors are still overlooked.” Full story.

2012 STUDY: Boxed-In: Employment of Behind-the-Scenes Women in the 2011-12 Prime-time Television Season
By Martha M. Lauzen, PhD, Executive Director, Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, SDSU
Last season, women accounted for 26% of creators and 25% of executive producers, new historical highs. The percentage of women writers rebounded to 30%, up from 15% in 2010-11. However, the percentages of women working as directors, editors, and directors of photography remain low. Full study (PDF).

Study: We Benefit From Seeing Strong Women on TV
By Lindsay Abrams, TheAtlantic.com, 8/31/2012
"It was the depiction of female characters, and not sexual violence per se, that appeared to influence audiences' emotional reactions and attitudes toward women. Positive female characters were in some ways able to negate the effects of degrading content." Full story.

2012 STUDY: Independent Women: Behind-the-Scenes Representation on Festival Films
By Martha M. Lauzen, PhD, Executive Director, Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, SDSU
"Women are more likely to work as directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, and cinematographers on documentaries than on narrative features screening at high-profile film festivals in the United States...This difference is especially pronounced in the directing role...The percentage of women directing independently produced documentaries (39%) is stunning when compared to the percentage of women directing top grossing films in 2011 (5%)." Full study (PDF).

How Can Women Gain Influence in Hollywood?
The New York Times, 8/14/2012
Melissa Silverstein of Women and Hollywood helped curate this forum that includes filmmakers, academics and executives. Full story.

2011 STUDY: It’s a Man’s (Celluloid) World: On-Screen Representations of Female Characters in the Top 100 Films of 2011
By Martha M. Lauzen, PhD, Executive Director, Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, SDSU
The study reveals that females comprised 33% of all characters in 2011, up from 28% in 2002. However, the percentage of female protagonists decreased from 16% in 2002 to 11% in 2011. Thus, while there are more female characters on screen today, fewer stories are told from a female character's perspective. Further, female characters remain younger than their male counterparts and are more likely than males to have an identifiable marital status. The study also found that female characters are much less likely than males to be portrayed as leaders of any kind. Full study (PDF).

2011 STUDY: The Celluloid Ceiling: Behind-the-Scenes Employment of Women on the Top 250 Films of 2011
By Martha M. Lauzen, PhD, Executive Director, Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, SDSU
"Women accounted for 5% of directors, a decrease of 2 percentage points from 2010 and approximately half the percentage of women directors working in 1998." Full study (PDF).

2011 STUDY: Boxed-In: Employment of Behind-the-Scenes and On-Screen Women in the 2010-11 Prime-time Television Season
By Martha M. Lauzen, PhD, Executive Director, Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, SDSU
"Women comprised 25% of all individuals working as creators, directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, and directors of photography on broadcast television programs during the 2010-11 prime-time season. This represents a decrease of 2 percentage points from last season (2009-2010) and an increase of 4 percentage points since 1997-98." Full study (PDF).

Women In, Behind, and at the Movies
By John Fithian, President, National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), Boxoffice Pro, 1/2012
Fithian questions the lack of women making movies and the need for movies about women. He says that more women-driven films would result in more tickets sold—good news for the entire industry. Full story.

2010 STUDY: The Celluloid Ceiling: Behind-the-Scenes Employment of Women on the Top 250 Films of 2010
By Martha M. Lauzen, PhD, Executive Director, Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, SDSU
"In 2010, women comprised 16% of all directors, executive producers, producers, writers, cinematographers, and editors working on the top 250 domestic grossing films. This represents a decline of 1 percentage point from 1998 and is even with 2009 figures." Full study.

2010 STUDY: Boxed-In: Employment of Behind-the-Scenes Women in the 2009-10 Prime-time Television Season
By Martha M. Lauzen, PhD, Executive Director, Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, SDSU
"The percentage of women working in powerful behind-the-scenes roles in prime-time programming airing on the five broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, CW, Fox, NBC) increased 2 percent in the 2009-10 season. Overall, women comprised 27% of all creators, executive producers, producers, directors, writers, editors, and directors of photography working on situation comedies, dramas, and reality programs. This represents an increase of two percentage points from 25% in 2008-09 and an increase of six percentage points since 1997-98.  It also represents a recent historical high." Full study.

In Oscar Directing Category, a Numbers Boost for Women and African Americans
By Rachel Abramowitz, latimes.com, 2/3/2010
Kathryn Bigelow sounds a wee bit tired of questions about being a "female director," but given that on Tuesday she became only the fourth woman to be nominated for best director by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, she knows it comes with the territory. "I long personally for the day when the modifier is a moot point," said a very happy Bigelow, whose film nabbed nine nominations, including one for best picture. "I anticipate that day will come, but if 'The Hurt Locker' can make the impossible seem possible to somebody, it's pretty overwhelming and gratifying. At least we're heading in the right direction." Full story.
 
Worst Network Pilot Season For Women?
By Nikki Finke, Deadline.com, 1/28/2010
"According to one Hollywood agency’s stats so far this year, 33 comedy pilots have been picked up by CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX. Only 3 are written by women. And 36 drama pilots have been picked up by CBS, ABC, NBC, Fox. Only 6 are written by women." Full story.

2009 STUDY: Independent Women: Behind-the-Scenes Representation on Festival Films
By Martha M. Lauzen, PhD, Executive Director, Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, SDSU
"The percentage of women working as directors, writers, producers, cinematographers, and editors on domestically produced feature-length films appearing at top U.S. film festivals is substantially higher than the percentage of women working on the top 250 domestic grossing films." Full study (PDF).

2009 STUDY: The Celluloid Ceiling: Behind-the-Scenes Employment of Women on the Top 250 Films of 2009
By Martha M. Lauzen, PhD, Executive Director, Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, SDSU
"In 2009, women comprised 16% of all directors, executive producers, producers, writers, cinematographers, and editors working on the top 250 domestic grossing films. This represents a decline of 3 percentage points from 2001 and is even with 2008 figures." Full study (PDF).

Women in the Seats but Not Behind the Camera
By Manohla Dargis, The New York Times, 12/10/2009
In March 1993 the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization that hands out Oscars, decided it was a good time to celebrate women. It wasn't an original idea: 1992 had been popularly known as the year of the woman in politics, partly because of the number of new women elected to the Senate that year (4!) and the House (24!). Now the academy was joining the fun with the show "Oscar Celebrates Women and the Movies." The host, Billy Crystal, rose to the occasion with quintessential Hollywood class. "Some of the most-talked-about women's parts," he joked, bada-boom, "are Sharon Stone's in ‘Basic Instinct." Full story.

'Fuck Them': Times Critic On Hollywood, Women & Why Romantic Comedies Suck
By Irin Cameron, Jezebel, 12/14/2009
"Two major studios, Paramount Pictures and Warner Brothers Pictures, didn't release a single movie directed by a female, even in a year of renewed prominence for women in film." Full story.

With Strong Female Characters, Hollywood Suffers From a Fear of Failure
By Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post, 11/25/2009
"Strong women, for now anyway, are out. Two years ago, when the Jodie Foster vigilante thriller The Brave One failed at the box office, industry blogger Nikki Finke reported that a Warner Brothers production executive announced to staffers that the studio would no longer produce movies featuring female leads." Full story.

Number of Women Working in TV Stays Steady
By Amy Kaufman, The Wrap, 9/24/2009
"The number of women working on broadcast network programs declined to 25 percent during the 2008-09 primetime season, according to a study released today by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film." Full story

Female Directors on the Hunt for Work
By Jenny Peters, Variety, 6/11/2009
"It has been more than 35 years since Women in Film was formed, with the goal to help 'women achieve their highest potential within the global entertainment, communication and media industries.' In 1973, few females had attained the high-powered position of director in either film or television." Full story.

2007 STUDY: Thumbs Down: Representation of Women Film Critics in the Top 100 U.S. Daily Newspapers
By Martha M. Lauzen, PhD, Executive Director, Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, SDSU
Men write the overwhelming majority of film reviews in the nation's top newspapers. Men penned 70% and women 30% of all reviews in the newspapers considered. This first-of-its-kind study examines the numbers of women and men reviewing films at the top 100 U.S. daily newspapers during dall 2007. The study found that of the newspapers featuring film reviews, 47% had no reviews written by women critics, writers or freelancers. In contrast, only 12% had no reviews written by men critics, writers or freelancers. Full study.

Hollywood's Shortage of Female Power
By Sharon Waxman, The New York Times, 4/26/2007
"While the shift in the hierarchy may just be the normal turning of Hollywood’s fickle wheel of fortune, it is still worrisome to women here who are eager for role models and a mentoring system to compete with the well-established boys’ club." Full story.

The Lady Vanishes Yet Again
By Marjorie Rosen, Los Angeles Times, 2/19/2006
"Buzz-worthy female roles are suddenly in short supply. Chalk it up to a cultural shift, or maybe an unfair fight." Full story

2004 STUDY: DGA Report Shows Top 40 Prime Time TV Lacks Diversity in Directing
"The Directors Guild of America recently released a report on the employment of women and minority directors by television networks on the 'top forty' prime time drama and comedy series in 2003-2004. The report shows that 86 percent of the episodes were directed by Caucasian males, and that women and minority directors continue to be missing from some of the best-known series line-ups." Full study.

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