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How Hollywood is tackling its gender problem

ROSE BYRNE (C) in Neighbors (2014). © 2014 Universal Studios

Fewer than 16 percent of the writers, producers and directors working on the 100 top-grossing movies in 2014 were female, according to a new report, and just 21 of those films featured a woman as a lead or co-lead. Major companies like Sony, Warner Bros and HBO are attempting to combat gender bias in Hollywood with training programs for women, but the effects of these initiatives are unclear, and some studios are taking a more creative approach. One film studio in Canada is offering women directors a 50 percent discount on studio fees. Members of the Writers Guild in New York are pushing for a bill that would grant a tax break to companies that hire a healthy number of women and minorities.

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