It’s a Man’s (Celluloid) World: Portrayals of Female Characters in the Top Grossing Films of 2019

It’s a Man’s (Celluloid) World:  Portrayals of Female Characters in the Top Grossing Films of 2019

The 2019 It’s a Man’s (Celluloid) World Report

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The percentage of top grossing films featuring female protagonists rose from 31% in 2018 to 40% in 2019, reaching a recent historic high.  43% of films featured male protagonists, and 17% had ensembles or a combination of male and female protagonists.  The percentages of females appearing as major characters and speaking characters remained relatively stable.  In 2019, females accounted for 37% of major characters, up just 1 percentage point from 36% in 2018, and 34% of all speaking characters, down 1 percentage point from 35% in 2018.  Regarding race and ethnicity, the percentage of Black females in speaking roles declined slightly from 21% in 2018 to 20% in 2019.  The percentage of Latinas increased slightly from 4% in 2018 to 5% in 2019.  7% of all female characters were Asian, down 3 percentage points from 10% in 2018, but even with the percentage achieved in 2017.  Female characters were more likely than male characters to have a known marital status (46% vs. 34%).  A larger proportion of male than female characters had an identifiable occupation (73% vs. 61%), and male characters were more likely than female characters to be seen in their work setting, actually working (59% vs. 43%).  Females comprised 26% of leaders and were most likely to be leaders in professional jobs and social groups.  Films with at least one woman director and/or writer were more likely than films with no women in these roles to feature higher percentages of females as protagonists, in major roles, and as speaking characters.

The Celluloid Ceiling: Behind-the-Scenes Employment of Women on the Top 100, 250, and 500 Films of 2019

The Celluloid Ceiling: Behind-the-Scenes Employment of Women on the Top 100, 250, and 500 Films of 2019

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In 2019, the percentages of behind-the-scenes women working on the top 100 and 250 (domestic) grossing films increased, reaching recent historic highs, while women’s employment on the top 500 films remained stagnant.  Women comprised 20% of all directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, and cinematographers working on the top 100 grossing films in 2019, up from 16% in 2018.  Women working in these roles on the top 250 grossing films experienced a slight increase from 20% in 2018 to 21% in 2019.  The percentage of women working on the top 500 films remained steady at 23%.  Women accounted for 12% of directors working on the top 100 grossing films in 2019, up from 4% in 2018 and 8% in 2017.  Women comprised 13% of directors working on the top 250 films in 2019, up from 8% in 2018, and up 2 percentage points from the previous high of 11% in 2017.  The percentages of women directing top 100 and top 250 films reached recent historic highs in 2019.  In contrast, women made up 14% of directors working on the top 500 films, down 1 percentage point from 15% in 2018.  By role (on the top 250 films), women comprised 19% of writers, 21% of executive producers, 27% of producers, 23% of editors, 5% of cinematographers, 6% of composers, 40% of music supervisors, 9% of supervising sound editors, 4% of sound designers, 23% of production designers, 31% of art directors, 4% of special effects supervisors, and 6% of visual effects supervisors.

Boxed In 2018-19: Women On Screen and Behind the Scenes in Television

Boxed In 2018-19: Women On Screen and Behind the Scenes in Television

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In 2018-19, the percentages of female characters on screen and women working in key roles behind the scenes increased on television.  Across broadcast, cable, and streaming platforms, female characters comprised 45% of all speaking characters, up from 40% in 2017-18.  Behind the scenes, women accounted for 31% of all creators, directors, writers, executive producers, producers, editors, and directors of photography.  This represents an increase of 4 percentage points from 27% in 2017-18.  By role, women made up 25% of creators, 30% of executive producers, 40% of producers, 35% of writers, 26% of directors, 21% of editors, and 5% of directors of photography.   Programs with at least 1 woman creator and/or executive producer, employed higher percentages of women directors, writers, and editors, and featured more female characters, than programs with exclusively male creators and/or executive producers.