For Black Directors, 2018 Was a Banner Year, Not So Much for Women, Asians



In 2018, more Hollywood studio films were directed by black filmmakers than at any time before.
However the director’s chair still remains overwhelmingly white and male.

The extensive study primarily examines gender, race/ethnicity, and age in front of and behind the camera, both for film and television.

14% of the directors of the top 100 movies last year were black. No mirror among female or Asian directors.
Of the 112 directors behind the 100 top-grossing films of 2018: 108 men, 4 women filmmakers (DuVernay, Cannon, Kohn, Fogel)
Of the 1,200 top grossing films released between 2007 and 2018, 9 were directed by WOC (5 African American women, 3 Asian women, 1 Latina)
WOC are nearly invisible in film production (directors, producers, or in below-the-line crew positions)
Only 1 WOC worked as a composer across the 300 films examined.
4 Asian directors worked across the 100 top films of 2018. 
18% of the “Produced by” credits on the top 300 movies of the last 3 years went to women (1.6% were WOC, 9.8% were MOC)
Across the 7 major entertainment companies, 25% of the board members were female.

The report does not include analyses of industry members of the LGBTQIA community or people with disabilities.

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