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Dr Martha Lauzen, Executive Director, Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film in San Diego, conducts academic and industry research on the role of women in television and film. Her 2007 report entitled the Celluloid Ceiling analyzed behind-the-scenes employment of 2,883 individuals working on the top 250 domestic grossing films (USA only, foreign films omitted) of 2007 with combined domestic box office grosses of approximately $9.3 billion. Here are some of her results:

  • In 2007, women comprised 15% of all directors, executive producers, producers, writers, cinematographers, and editors working on the top 250 domestic grossing films. This represents a decline of 2 percentage points from 1998 and represents no change from 2006.
  • Twenty one percent (21%) of the films released in 2007 employed no women directors, executive producers, producers, writers, cinematographers, or editors. No films failed to employ a man in at least one of these roles.
  • Women comprised 6% of all directors working on the top 250 films of 2007, a decline of one percentage point since 2006. This figure is almost half the percentage of women directors working in 2000 when women accounted for 11% of all directors.
  • A historical comparison of women’s employment on the top 250 films in 2007 and 1998 reveals that the percentage of women in every role considered has declined.
  • Women accounted for 10% of writers working on the top 250 films of 2007. Eighty two percent (82%) of the films had no female writers.
  • Women comprised 14% of all executive producers working on the top 250 films of 2007 (see Figure 3). Sixty seven percent (67%) of the films had no female executive producers.
    Women accounted for 22% of all producers working on the top 250 films of 2007. Thirty seven percent (37%) of the films had no female producers.
  • Women accounted for 17% of all editors working on the top 250 films of 2007. Seventy nine percent (79%) of the films had no female editors.

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