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12 January 2018

Little Change in Number of Women in Key Creative Roles in Top 250 Films at US Box Office

The latest Celluloid Ceiling report from the San Diego State University – now in its 20th year – which looks at the top 250 films at the US box office in 2017 has found that women only comprised 18% of directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors and cinematographers. That’s just one percentage point higher than 20 years ago, when 17% of those who held such roles were female.

The study also found that only 11% of those 250 films were directed by women, an increase of 4 percentage points from the previous year. Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman was the most successful of those female-directed films, and the ninth top-grossing film overall.

The category where women were best represented was as producers, though they still only account for a quarter of all producers (25%). The number of women writers, editors and cinematographers all decreased on the previous year, with women accounting for 11% of writers, 16% of editors and just 4% of cinematographers. Only 3% of composers were women, and 5% of sound designers.

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