The Celluloid Ceiling: Behind-the-Scenes Employment of Women on the Top U.S. Films of 2020

The Celluloid Ceiling: Behind-the-Scenes Employment of Women on the Top U.S. Films of 2020

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For the second consecutive year, the percentages of women directing top grossing films increased, reaching recent historic highs, while the overall percentages of women working in key behind-the-scenes roles remained relatively stable.  Women comprised 16% of directors working on the top 100 grossing films in 2020, up from 12% in 2019 and 4% in 2018.  Women accounted for 18% of directors on the top 250 films, up from 13% in 2019 and 8% in 2018.  In 2020, the percentages of behind-the-scenes women working on the top 100 and 250 (domestic) grossing films inched upward.  Women comprised 21% of all directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, and cinematographers working on the top 100 grossing films, up from 20% in 2019.  Women working in these roles on the top 250 grossing films experienced a slight increase from 21% in 2019 to 23% in 2020.  By role, women accounted for 18% of directors, 17% of writers, 21% of executive producers, 30% of producers, 22% of editors, and 6% of cinematographers working on the top 250 grossing films.  In 2020, the majority of films (67%) employed 0 to 4 women in the roles considered.  24% of films employed 5 to 9 women, and 9% employed 10 or more women.  In contrast, 5% of films employed 0 to 4 men in the roles considered, 24% employed 5 to 9 men, and the remaining majority (71%) employed 10 or more men.  Due to the interruption caused by COVID-19 in theatrical box office grosses, this year’s study also tracked women’s employment on films included on DEG’s “Watched at Home” list.