In another damning portrait of the state of diversity in Hollywood, a new report Wednesday showed that only a small percentage of feature films in the last two years were directed by women or minorities, and that four studios had no female directors at all.
The Directors Guild of America’s inaugural Feature Film Diversity Report found that white men made up 82.4 percent of the directors of feature films released in 2013 and 2014, and only 6.4 percent were women and 12.5 percent minorities.
“What this report does not reflect is what people who love film – even our culture as a whole – are missing when such a disproportionate percentage of films are directed by one gender or one ethnicity. Unfortunately, we don’t have a metric for that,” said DGA President Paris Barclay. “What you will see is what happens when industry employers – studios and production companies – do little to address this issue head on. The DGA, by detailing the state of director hiring with the precision of our data, hopes to draw further attention to this serious matter so that industry employers can develop concrete director diversity plans.”
Of the major and mini-major studios, Disney, Warner Bros., The Weinstein Co. and Open Road had no women directors on a combined 80 films, adding fuel to accusations of widespread gender bias in the movie business.
“The numbers paint a grim outlook for diverse film directors – women in particular,” said DGA Diversity Task Force Co-Chair Bethany Rooney. “Much like our recent reports on television director diversity, we hope this report will put a magnifying glass on a system that makes it disproportionately challenging for talented women and minority film directors to get hired.”
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