While the New York Times proclaimed 18 months ago that women "have finally buried the notion that Hollywood is a man's world," apparently this is not the reality. In terms of numbers of women behind the wheel of filmmaking, the gender disparity out in Hollywood mirrors what plagues the ad industry... and many are skeptical that this will ever change because there's simply no incentive to do so.
From "No Such Thing as an Old Girls' Network":
How could a community that prides itself on its liberalism and progressivism fail so miserably in this area? At the top film schools UCLA and NYU, women and men study film in roughly equal numbers. Are women not tough enough to handle the all-consuming role of director, or unwilling to sacrifice for the chance? Martha Lauzen says she knows many directors who happen to be women, who would say, "I have a husband and kids, but if I can get that job I'll work that out."
But without incentive to change, the status quo will remain in Hollywood, especially at a time when the studios are contracting. "Sometimes I think being labeled sexist in that community is not seen as negative but a badge of honor," says Martha Lauzen. Maybe Hollywood can learn from political women who have made concerted efforts to build a pipeline of candidates. Perhaps a consortium of women opening an independent studio, suggests Nikki Finke.
Read the whole article here.
This all begs the question... what is the ad industry's incentive to change?