Whether it’s Game of Thrones, House of Cards, or even Downton Abbey, some of the most important and central characters in these Emmy nominated shows are women. However, as a recent analysis by The Guardian pointed out, behind the camera, it’s still very much a man’s world.
The Guardian analyzed the gender diversity of four important behind-the-scenes roles on the latest seasons of the shows nominated for Best Drama, Best Comedy and Best Limited Series: Director, Writer, Cinematographer, and Editor. The results of this analysis was pretty shocking, Women directed just 30.4% of episodes and earned just 23.2% of writing credits, 7.1% of cinematography credits and 34.3% of editing credits for the nominated shows.
So while in the reel world of Game of Thrones, we have seen Cersi Lannister claims the Iron Throne and portray how strong and powerful a woman can be, behind the scenes the show has not had a female director since season four or a female writer since season three. Similarly shows like Roots and The People v OJ Simpson did not have a single female director.
But get this. A survey by American Bureau of Statistics has revealed that women comprise the largest section of viewers of sitcoms and International Television Series. Further, Nielsen’s research indicates that women spend almost 40 minutes more than men every day watching television.
Seems like a large percentage of women are in front of their TV sets. Then why aren’t more of them involved in producing those very shows? That’s something to think about.
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