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12 January 2017

Study shows % of women directors down on 2015

The latest edition of the Celluloid Ceiling report from the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film reveals that women comprised just 17% of all directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, and cinematographers working on the top 250 grossing films in the US in 2016. This represents a decline of 2% from 2015 and is on a par with the percentage achieved almost 20 years ago in 1998.

The study also found that women accounted for 7% of directors (down 2% from 2015), 13% of writers, 17% of executive producers, 24% of producers, 17% of editors, 5% of cinematographers and 3% of composers.

The Celluloid Ceiling has tracked women’s employment on top grossing films in the US for the last 19 years.  It is the longest-running and most comprehensive study of women’s behind-the-scenes employment in film available.

Read more about this study and others conducted by the Center here.