Study: Few gains for women in key movie industry creative jobs
Despite the attention being paid to "Bridesmaids" this awards season, women are not making significant gains in the U.S. movie business, according to a report being issued Tuesday by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University.
Women made up 18% of all directors, producers, writers, cinematographers and editors working on the top 250 highest-grossing movies last year, an uptick from the 16% figure recorded for 2009 and 2010 but only one percentage point better than when the center began compiling employment statistics in 1998, executive director Martha M. Lauzen reported.
Only 5% of the directors of last year's surveyed films were women, the center said, compared with 7% in 2010 and 9% in 1998.
Of the other jobs examined, the study found that women comprised 25% of producers, 20% of editors, 18% of executive producers, 14% of writers and 4% of cinematographers.
It also reported that among the 250 films, 96% had no female cinematographers, 94% had no female directors, 77% had no female writers, 76% had no female editors, 59% had no female executive producers and 36% had no female producers.
Photo: The cast of "Bridesmaids." Credit: Suzanne Hanover/Universal Pictures