Sunday, August 23, 2009

Hollywood directors: white, male and middle-aged

In survey that is telling if not exactly a shock, Michael Cieply in The New York Times reveals the extent of white male dominance over movie directing at major Hollywood studios.
If you are splashing around with a bunch of guys who are 93 percent white, an average of 45.62 years old and look as if they’ve done this before, you must be swimming in the studio directors’ pool...

What the count shows is that Hollywood directors are pretty much what they have always been: a small brotherhood of highly skilled craftsmen — more than 90 percent this year are men — who could hit or miss with any given film, but who tend to have solid experience. This year’s directors appear to have made 6.1 movies, on average — and probably have more in common with one another than with the increasingly diverse population around them.

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