Hollywood 2018: USC Inclusion Study, 2007-2017

“Inclusion in the Director’s Chair? Gender, Race & Age of Directors across 1,000 films from 2007-2017,” the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative reveals some interesting trends.

Of the 109 film directors associated with the 100 top movies of 2017, a 92.7% were male and 7.3% were female. It’s a slight uptick over the percentages that cover the last 11 years and 1,100 movies, which found that 95.7% of all directors were male and 4.3% were female.

Most of these movies are made by the big studios, which continue to elude female filmmakers. And yet a look forward at the studio-backed features in the next two years signals change and progress, even if they are too slow.