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Percentage of women working behind-the-scenes in movies drops to below 1998 numbers, says study

By Daniel S Levine,

A study of the 250 top-grossing films of 2013 shows that while the number of actresses in front of the camera with success may be on the rise, the number of women working behind-the-scenes in Hollywood is actually dropping.

On Tuesday, the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University released its annual Celluloid Ceiling Report, which showed distressing numbers. Just 16 percent of the producers, writers, directors, executive producers, editors and cinematographers who worked on the most successful films of 2013 were women, the study found, notes The LA Times.

By comparison, 17 percent of those jobs were held by women in 1998, when the study began.

Only 6 percent of directors were women, down from 9 percent in 2012. Only 5 percent of visual effects supervisors, 2 percent of special effects supervisors and 2 percent of composers were women in 2013.

“The film industry is in a state of gender inertia. There is no evidence to suggest that women’s employment has improved in key behind-the-scenes roles over the last 16 years,” Dr. Martha Lauzen, who lead the study and is the director of the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, said in a statement, notes The Hollywood Reporter.

While the movie industry continues to be dominated by men, more women are taking roles in television. Of the key behind-the-scenes jobs, women had 28 percent of those positions in TV. That’s up from 21 percent in Lauzen’s study of the 1997-1998 season.

Clearly, Kathryn Bigelow’s Oscar win for The Hurt Locker in 2010 was not the catalyst for bringing in more women that many hoped. There will likely be no women nominated for Best Director this year. There were none last year, as well.

image: Lionsgate

 

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