Another female executive is about to join the uppermost echelons of the film industry.
Sources have confirmed that Stacey Snider will be named the co-chair of 20th Century Fox. That will make her the second-in-command at the studio. Snider is currently the co-chair and chief executive of DreamWorks.
Significantly, Snider’s new role will mean three of the six major studios will have females in the number-two position. But Snider, like Sony Co-Chairman Amy Pascal and Universal Chairman Donna Langley, will report to male boss – Jim Gianopolous.
Fox’s recent track record of hiring women directors basically sucks. In the five years encompassing 2009-13, Fox released only a quintet of female-directed movies (for an average of one a year), all directed primarily at children or young adults: Elizabeth Allen’s Ramona and Beezus, Jennifer Arnold’s Glee: The 3D Concert Movie, Betty Thomas’ Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, Vicky Jenson’s Post Grad, and Karyn Kusama’s Jennifer’s Body.
Let’s see if having a woman in one of the top tier positions at that studio makes a difference.
[via LA Times]