Study Finds that Female Showrunners are More Likely to Employ Women for Other TV Jobs

A new study reveals that television shows with female showrunners are more likely to employ more female writers, directors, editors, and actresses.

"The findings suggest that creators and executive producers play an instrumental role in shifting the gender dynamics for both on-screen characters and other individuals working in powerful behind-the-scenes roles," said the report’s author, Dr. Martha Lauzen, Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University, according to Deadline Hollywood.

"For example, on broadcast programs with at least one female creator, women comprised 50 percent of writers. On programs with no female creators, women comprised 15 percent of writers."

According to the study, women made up 43 percent of major onscreen characters on broadcast programs with at least one female executive producer compared to only 37 percent on shows where there was no female executive producer.

The report also found that female editors were nearly twice as likely to find jobs on network shows with at least one female executive producer.

For the full report, click here.

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