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Which Studios Have the Most Women in Decision-Making Roles?

Which Studios Have the Most Women in Decision-Making Roles?

In the midst of ongoing pressure on the film industry to embrace gender and racial inclusion, particularly at the studio level, The Hollywood Reporter has published a “diversity scorecard” for the decision-makers at the Big Six. 

“While the power structure is different at each studio,” notes the Reporter in the introduction to the scorecard, “THR has identified the production, marketing and distribution heads most directly responsible for the creative decisions that determine which movies get made. Hence, this chart excludes executives from business affairs, legal, etc. Also not represented here are the ranks of female and ethnically diverse EVPs and SVPs making waves, which means a future census surely will be a more colorful affair.” 

THR also notes that women as a group are better represented than persons of color among the listed executives. However, it is important to note that no woman leads a studio at the very top of the pyramid. And only two of the 17 female high profile decision makers who made the cut are women of color. Perhaps most egregiously, in a city where nearly half of the populace is Latino (47.5% according to a 2005-2009 survey), no Hispanics are represented in the scorecard. 

Here are the studios’ scorecard ranking by percentage, in descending order: 

Fox: 6 women of 12 execs (50%) TIED WITH Paramount: 2 women of 4 execs (50%)

Warner: 3 women of 7 execs (43%)

Disney: 2 women of 10 execs (20%) TIED WITH Sony: 3 women of 15 execs (20%)

Universal: 1 woman of 11 execs (9%)

And here are the women represented on the scorecard: 

Fox: Stacey Snider, Co-chairman; Emma Watts, President of Fox production; Elizabeth Gabler, President of Fox 2000; Vanessa Morrison, President of Fox Animation; Nancy Utley, President of Fox Searchlight; Claudia Lewis, President of production at Fox Searchlight

Paramount: Megan Colligan, President of worldwide distribution and marketing; Amy Reinhard, President of home media acquisitions

Warner: Sue Kroll, President of worldwide marketing and distribution; Veronika Kwan, President of worldwide distribution; Diane Nelson, President of DC Entertainment

Disney: Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm; Janice Marinelli, President of Disney/ABC home entertainment

Sony: Andrea Giannetti, Executive vice president of production at Columbia; Hannah Minghella, President of Tristar; Kristine Belson, President of Sony Pictures Animation

Universal: Donna Langley, Chairman

Click here for a bigger version of THR’s scorecard. 

[via The Hollywood Reporter

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