September is the month of statistics in the film/TV business. At least as far as women are concerned.
The Director’s Guild of America numbers will come out at the end of this month, but Dr. Martha Lauzen from The Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego University published her “Boxed In” statistics like she does every year.
What changed? Not much. Here are the numbers:
“Women comprised 24% of creators.
This represents a decrease of 2
percentage points from 2011-12 but an
increase of 6 percentage points from
Women accounted for 27% of
executive producers. This represents an
increase of 2 percentage points from
2011-12 and an increase of 8 percentage
points since 1997-98.
Women comprised 38% of producers.
This is even with women’s
representation as producers in 2011-12,
and represents an increase of 9
percentage points since 1997-98.
Women accounted for 34% of writers.
This represents an increase of 4
percentage points from 2011-12 and an
increase of 14 percentage points since
Women comprised 12% of directors.
This represents an increase of 1
percentage point from 2011-12, and 4
percentage points since 1997-98.“
Great. An increase of 4% in 14 years.
And where did we get to? To twelve percent – 12% !
And another question: Why are the directors only a third to half of what the other creative professions percentages? Half of show creators!
Read the rest of the statistics here.