Women directed less than 7 percent of movies in 2013 and 2014

dga report diversity filmmaking 2013 2014 elizabeth banks
Rene Teichmann / Shutterstock.com
The issue of diversity in Hollywood — or rather the lack thereof — has been growing increasingly apparent, even becoming a major focus of the Emmy Awards this year. Now, the Director’s Guild of America has released its first DGA Feature Film Diversity Report, which examines the 376 directors of films released in 2013 and 2014. Not surprisingly, the study found that the majority of directors were white males, with females and minorities helming a disproportionately low percentage of the projects.

In terms of numbers, females directors made up just 6.4 percent of the cohort and minority directors accounted for 12.5 percent, according to the study. Minority females were the smallest group, comprising just 1.3 percent. Their male counterparts fared better (but still not well) at 11.2 percent.

The DGA also looked at the films’ box office performance, separating them into films that grossed between $250,000 and $10 million, and those that brought in over $10 million. The gap between male and female directors only widened when looking at the higher grossing films; just 3.1 percent of the films that grossed over $10 million were directed by women. As the report points out, this likely indicates that as difficult as it is for women to break into filmmaking, it’s harder still to land a job directing a high-budget, wide-release project.

One encouraging finding is that a similar divide between the big- and small-box office films did not exist for minority directors. In fact, a greater percentage of the $10 million-plus were helmed by minorities than of the movies that grossed $250,000 to $10 million (14.4 percent compared to 11.6 percent).

Looking at the information by studio, DGA found that Lionsgate hires were the most diverse. (Ten percent of its directors were women and 32 percent were male minorities.) On the opposite end of the spectrum, however, were Disney, The Weinstein Co., and Warner Bros., all of which failed to hire any female directors at all. Among smaller production companies, Summit’s directors were all Caucasian, while Open Road’s were exclusively Caucasian males.

DGA president Paris Barclay used the findings as a chance to point out that the demographics of filmmakers should mirror that of the general movie-going population and that the industry needs to do more to improve diversity.

“What this report does not reflect is what people who love film — even our culture as a whole — are missing when such a disproportionate percentage of films are directed by one gender or one ethnicity,” he said in a related press release. “Unfortunately, we don’t have a metric for that. What you will see is what happens when industry employers — studios and production companies — do little to address this issue head on.”

Although the conclusions of the report aren’t exactly shocking based on other recent studies, the DGA report is still useful in that it provides hard data and inspires conversation (and hopefully action). As Barclay stated, “The DGA, by detailing the state of director hiring with the precision of our data, hopes to draw further attention to this serious matter so that industry employers can develop concrete director diversity plans.”

Movies & TV

'First Man' turns one small step for man into one amazing movie

First Man, Damien Chazelle's biopic of Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong that chronicles the events around the famous 1969 moon landing, is another triumph for the Oscar-winning director.

Monsters you get in ‘Pokémon: Let’s Go’ can be transferred to the next main RPG

Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eeevee! monsters will be able to be transferred to the next main Pokémon RPG on Switch, according to game director Junichi Masuda.
Movies & TV

Scarlett Johansson lands humongous paycheck for ‘Black Widow’ solo movie

Black Widow fans will finally get what they've been asking for: A stand-alone superhero movie starring Scarlett Johansson is in the works now that the actress has signed a massive deal for the project.
Movies & TV

15 epic sci-fi novels you should read before they become blockbuster films

You can get ahead of the next crop of science-fiction movies coming out of Hollywood by picking up the books that inspired them. We compiled a list of books you can add to your reading list now to get a glimpse of the future.
Movies & TV

The best new movie trailers: ‘Glass,’ ‘Mortal Engines,’ ‘Pet Sematary’ and more

Everyone loves a good trailer, but keeping up with what's new isn't easy. To simplify things, we round up the best ones each week. On tap this week: New trailers for Pet Sematary, Glass, Mortal Engines, and other upcoming films.
Movies & TV

The best movies on Amazon Prime right now (October 2018)

Prime Video provides subscribers with access to a host of fantastic films, but sorting through the catalog can be an undertaking. Luckily, we've done the work for you. Here are the best movies on Amazon Prime Video right now.
Movies & TV

‘Venom’ devours the box office competition with monstrous second weekend

Sony Pictures anti-superhero movie Venom won the weekend box office for the second straight week, beating musical drama A Star is Born, as well as three new releases that made it into the weekend's top ten movies.
Movies & TV

Best new shows and movies to stream: ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ and more

Need something to watch this weekend? Check out our list of the best new shows and movies to stream right now. On the list this week: The Haunting of Hill House season 1, The Romanoffs, and more.
Movies & TV

'Prime'-time TV: Here are the best shows on Amazon Prime right now

There's more to Amazon Prime than free two-day shipping, including access to a number of phenomenal shows at no extra cost. To make the sifting easier, here are our favorite shows currently streaming on Amazon Prime.
Emerging Tech

Here’s all the best gear and gadgetry you can snag for $100 or less

A $100 bill can get you further than you might think -- so long as you know where to look. Check out our picks for the best tech under $100, whether you're in the market for headphones or a virtual-reality headset.
Home Theater

Dish Network or DirecTV: Which is the better choice for you?

So, you’ve chosen to go with a satellite television provider. Check out our quick rundown of what both Dish Network and DirecTV offer in terms of content, hardware, and pricing, and why you might choose them over streaming services.
Movies & TV

New 'Mandalorian' photo links series to Boba Fett and 'Star Wars Holiday Special'

Jon Favreau's live-action Star Wars series planned for Disney's streaming video service will be titled The Mandalorian. The series will be one of the most expensive television shows ever made. Here's everything we know about it so far.
Movies & TV

'Avengers 4' directors signal the end of reshoots with mysterious photo

The events of Avengers: Infinity War changed the Marvel Cinematic Universe in some big ways and left fans wondering how its heroes can possibly recover. Here's everything we know about Avengers 4, the sequel to Infinity War.
Movies & TV

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of ‘The X-Files’ with the show’s 10 best episodes

The X-Files premiered 25 years ago, so here are the 10 best episodes of the award-winning sci-fi series. From alien-abduction drama to hilarious satires, these are the best episodes from all 11 seasons of the hit series.