Slated's data scientists analyzed the careers of 289 male directors, and 14 female directors, who collectively made all 571 U.S. studio movies released theatrically in the U.S. between 2010-2015. The company's findings debunk three common excuses cited by the industry when deciding to hire male directors over female directors for studio director jobs:
- Only directors with a hit independent film (or feature directing experience at all) can be considered for a studio film.
- Male directors are simply safer financial bets for studio-sized films.
- There's not enough of a "pipeline" of "qualified" female directors.
Some key findings of this study show:
- 58% of first-time studio directors have not had a prior breakout hit (or directed a feature at all).
- Female directors generate nearly identical ROIs (within a reasonable margin of error based on sample size).
- For every female studio director hired, there were 7 female candidates not hired, compared to 1 in 3 for male directors. Men are hired 2.75 times as often as women, taking relative talent pool sizes into account.
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This research is part of an ongoing data-driven effort undertaken by Slated to shed more light on the Hollywood ecosystem and help make it a more equitable, sustainable and vibrant marketplace. Slated's data scientists regularly analyze the data collected for and by Slated's marketplace to uncover just such insights - and have previously published findings of gender bias and age bias.
The rest of us are just over here collectively rolling our eyes.
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