“A tally by TheWrap found 22 consecutive films from Fox — not counting Fox Searchlight — and 25 from Paramount had no women directors in sight
Female directors in Hollywood have spoken out about gender discrimination again and again and again. So it is surprising that not a single female director appears on the upcoming release slate for 20th Century Fox or Paramount, two of Hollywood’s major studios.
A tally by TheWrap found 22 consecutive films from Fox — not counting Fox Searchlight, the studio’s art-house division — and 25 consecutive releases from Paramount had only male directors attached. So far, that covers all movies scheduled to hit theaters this year, next year and 2018 too.
Representatives for Fox declined to comment; Paramount did not respond to repeated requests from TheWrap. Neither studio disputed the statistics.
“It is always shocking, though unfortunately not surprising, to see that studios continue to not give women opportunities to direct,” Melissa Silverstein, founder and publisher of Women and Hollywood, told TheWrap. “This is a complex issue. The film business is layered with sexism so that when you peel away one layer, you still have many layers to get through.”
A plethora of disappointing data about the lack of women directors in Hollywood has received a great deal of attention in the past few years. A long-term study by Martha Lauzen found that only 9 percent of the top 100-grossing movies were directed by women last year.
Meanwhile, Hollywood keeps pledging to change. Stacey Snider, who joined Fox in 2014 as co-chairman and CEO of the film studio with Jim Gianopulos, has addressed the obstacles facing women in Hollywood. “The issue of opportunity for women is real, and it’s in front of us,” she said last fall. “It’s incumbent upon us as business leaders to really address it seriously.”
But aside from Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Alessandro Carloni’s “Kung Fu Panda 3,” the DreamWorks Animation hit which Fox distributed earlier this year as part of an output deal, the studio has not released a single movie with a female director since Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum’s “Ramona and Beezus” in 2010…”