"Celluloid ceiling"

Women have very few behind-the-scenes jobs in Hollywood, study shows

Jill Soloway, writer and director of “Transparent.” (Monica Almeida/The New York Times)

Though much has been made about the pay gap that exists in Hollywood — stars like Sandra Bullock and Jennifer Lawrence have been outspoken — attention to the problem has largely focused on the people in front of the cameras. A new analysis of the top 250 domestic-grossing movies performed by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film paints a bleak picture for those working behind the camera — or not working, as it were. The study shows that women held just 19 percent of behind-the-camera jobs in Hollywood last year. Those jobs include roles like, director, cinematographer, writer, producer, and film editor, among others. Believe it or not, that’s actually an increase, albeit a paltry one, over 2014, when women held just 17 percent of jobs behind the scenes. “This year it’s status quo,” Martha Lauzen, executive director of the center, told The Hollywood Reporter. She refers to the phenomenon as a “Celluloid Ceiling.” Lauzen continued, saying, “Now, the issue is getting a push from a cultural consciousness that supports diversity. But the numbers have yet to change. The film industry is a large industry, and it takes a long time for change to occur.”

Read the full story at The Hollywood Reporter.


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