Most Movie Directors Are Still White Men, USC Study Finds

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Most Movie Directors Are Still White Men, USC Study Finds


Service, City News, Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)


LOS ANGELES -- White men continue to dominate the ranks of Hollywood film directors, with women representing just 4 percent of directors of the top 100 movies made in each of the last 10 years, according to a USC study released today.

The report by the Annenberg Foundation and USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism also found that during the study period, 80 percent of women directors made only one film, while only about 55 percent of male directors made just one movie.

The study examined 1,114 directors of 1,000 films released between 2007 and 2016, finding that for every one female director, there were 24 men, and there was no statistical change in the percentage of female directors over the years.

"Thus, there has been no meaningful change in the prevalence of female directors across the top films from 2007 to 2016," according to the report. …

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