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ERIC Number: ED289803
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Aug
Pages: 33
Abstractor: N/A
Prime Time Power: Women Producers, Writers and Directors on TV.
Steenland, Sally
This report analyzes the number of women working in the following six decision making jobs in prime time television: (1) executive producer; (2) supervising producer; (3) producer; (4) co-producer; (5) writer; and (6) director. The women who hold these positions are able to influence the portrayal of women on television as well as to improve the number of women hired in other positions. Data were gathered from the 20 top-ranked television programs as defined by the Nielsen ratings for the 1986-87 season. The statistics provide both a snapshot of each television program's employment profile, as well as a larger view of the number of women working in key jobs on prime time television programs. Interviews were also conducted with producers, writers, directors, and network and studio executives in Hollywood and New York. The views of these executives are expressed throughout the report. The data showed: (1) only four of the top-rated television programs (20%) employ female executive producers, and three of those four shows also contained men as part of the executive producer team; (2) women work as supervising producers, producers, or co-producers on nine (45%) of the programs; (3) 17 programs had some scripts written by women; and (4) only four programs had female directors. One program employed no females. Despite internal and external barriers, more women are working in television than ever before. As women gain power in the industry, they can contribute their best efforts, the result of which will be a richer mix of programming than males alone can devise. A table illustrating the data is included. (SM)
National Commission on Working Women of Wider Opportunities for Women Publications, 1325 G Street, N.W., Lower Level, Washington, DC 20005 ($5.00).
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Commission on Working Women, Washington, DC.