This was sent to me by my friend and colleague Linda Barnard, the Star's movies section editor. Can't find it online so I'll just post the whole thing here.
Report: Women Underrepresented in Film Jobs
By Lee Margulies
(c) 2009, Los Angeles Times
HOLLYWOOD - Women are much more likely to hold jobs as directors, cinematographers and other key creative personnel on independent films than on major studio movies, a new study says. But their employment figures still lag well behind men even there.The report, released Tuesday by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at California State University, San Diego, looked at employment figures on 906 feature-length U.S. movies that were shown at one of 25 American film festivals between June 2008 and May 2009.
It found that women made up 24 percent of directors, writers, producers, cinematographers and editors on these films, with heavier representation in documentaries than in narrative works.
An earlier study by the center found that women held 16 percent of the equivalent jobs on the top 250 domestic grossing films of 2008.
This is quite confounding considering how women make up at least half the film school graduates but are also half the audience.
"Some of the greatest parts for women -- the Academy Award parts for women -- are often in dramas, and this is the worst time for dramas since I've been in the business for the last 10,000 years." More than ever, producer Lynda Obst ("Contact," "The Invention of Lying") adds, the movie business is geared toward the young men who go to movies most frequently. "And by and large that's a comedy audience and an action audience. To get a project greenlit now, studios are requiring more and more what we call 'unaided awareness,' which is where you get this addiction to toys and comics and old titles. And dramas don't live there."
And neither do women.