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Study: Few gains for women in key movie industry creative jobs

January 24, 2012 | 12:02 am

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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.

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Photo: The cast of "Bridesmaids." Credit: Suzanne Hanover/Universal Pictures


Angelina Jolie's Bosnian partners aim to soothe emotions before cameras roll

October 19, 2010 |  2:46 pm

Jolie Angelina Jolie’s Balkans war movie is on track again with government approval to film in Bosnia, but her local producer is still trying to soothe emotions (and perhaps stave off protests) before the Hollywood star starts shooting there in a few weeks.

Edin Sarkic of Scout Film, who’s serving as executive producer and location manager for the Bosnian part of the as-yet-untitled film, said Tuesday that Jolie (who is writing and directing the movie but isn't starring in it) plans to meet with Bosnian rape victims who have voiced protests. The women were upset by reports that the movie revolves around a Bosnian Muslim woman being raped by, and then falling in love with, a Serb soldier during the 1992-95 war. Their protests prompted the government to suspend approval for filming last week until Sarkic submitted a full script for review.

Jolie, who is currently filming in Budapest, Hungary, wants to communicate to the Bosnian women that she is sensitive to their concerns.

“Angelina will come to Sarajevo and she will talk to the women. She will explain everything to them and they will understand that they have nothing to worry about,” Sarkic said. “She is a goodwill ambassador. She loves this country.”

Sarkic said Jolie “would come today if she could.... But the woman is directing the movie. She cannot abandon the set in Budapest and come here. But as soon as she can, she will come here to talk to the women.” (Jolie's partner, Brad Pitt, was spotted on the set over the weekend.)

Pitt Sarkic said that Jolie’s film was being subjected to intense scrutiny and that it was highly unusual to be asked to submit a full script for review.  “At no other place in the world they would ask for the script. One is required to give a synopsis, not a script,” he said. “The script is a work in progress. One can change it during the filming, one can change it during the editing. By the premiere, a script can be changed 13,000 times. But they wanted the script and we gave them the script.”

Asked if he expects protests or other problems once filming begins in Bosnia, Sarkic sidestepped the question, saying only: "We love Angelina. We cannot wait to see her in Sarajevo."

The controversy over the film has yet to fade from the headlines in Bosnia. But local newspapers this week published some accounts of the script that seemed likely to lessen the outrage of Bosnian Muslims.

[Spoiler alert: the movie's ending is revealed on the next page.]

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This weekend: Patrick Goldstein hosts producers panel in Santa Barbara

February 12, 2010 | 11:33 am

Getprev As awards season enters the final stretch, certain faces have become recognizable staples, like critical darling Jeremy Renner, wide-eyed newcomer Anna Kendrick and the ever-charming George Clooney.

But those who helped to propel these actors into the spotlight -- the producers of the films they star in -- are often far less visible.

This weekend, the producers of six major Oscar-contending films will participate in a panel at the Santa Barbara Film Festival, moderated by The Times' own Big Picture columnist and blogger, Patrick Goldstein. On Saturday at 11 a.m., Ivan Reitman ("Up In the Air"), Mark Boal ("The Hurt Locker"), Lawrence Bender ("Inglourious Basterds"), Jon Landau ("Avatar"), Lori McCreary ("Invictus") and Jonas Rivera ("Up") will gather at the Lobreo Theatre for the aptly titled Movers & Shakers panel. 

Goldstein, who has hosted a similar panel at the festival for half a dozen years, said he hopes that the producers will discuss interesting anecdotes from the production process as well as how they handle crisis management. Goldstein 

"I just try to ask them interesting questions because I'm a real fan of producers," he said. "I think they often get short shrift partially because producing isn't a very glamorous job, there are often movies that have 15 producers on them and people outside the business don’t have a clue what a producer does. Many hardly recognize anyone’s name once you get past Jerry Bruckheimer."

Why else should festivalgoers attend the panel?

"We're gonna talk a lot about sex on the movie set, and these guys are in a position to know what goes on," Goldstein joked. "I would hope people would want to come because they're going to be surprised by how interesting producers are. After all, they are the ones who really get the movies made."

Tickets to the event cost $35 each and can be purchased here.

-- Amy Kaufman

Photo of Ivan Reitman by Los Angeles Times; Patrick Goldstein by Patricia Williams / For The Times.


The Ivy League comes to the Wilshire corridor

January 19, 2010 |  2:13 pm

Harvardlogo Harvard University may be the home to some of the world's most esteemed professors, but there's one thing the school doesn't teach: how to make it Hollywood.

Nick Hasselberg, a senior football player who's interested in acting, says he always assumed he'd have to "blindly venture out here" someday without any knowledge of the business. "Harvard does such a phenomenal job of preparing you for law school and med school and they bring the recruiters from investment banks and hedge funds in, but for anyone who wants to go into entertainment, it's just kind of a mystery," he said.

That is, until he heard about Harvardwood, an organization that seeks to educate students about the ins and outs of Hollywood (and which was sponsoring an upcoming trip to Los Angeles over winter break). So this month, he and about two dozen students arrived in Los Angeles to make the rounds at Hollywood mainstays such as CAA, ICM and Sony Music.

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