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‘Wonder Woman”, directed by Patty Jenkins, grossed over $820 million in ticket sales worldwide in 2017 and was part of the positive but short-lived trend for women directors that year.

In 2017, the number of women directors nearly doubled from 2016. according to the newest UCLA Hollywood Diversity Report, published by the UCLA College Division of Social Science. But women’s share in directing jobs was still low. There were only  21 or 12.6 percent women directors out of the 167 English-language films from the top 200 films produced in  2017.An initial analysis of the top movies in 2018 shows the increase in 2017 was just a one-year blip.

The report also shows that, in front of the camera and behind the scenes, advances for people of color and women remain fairly small, if not almost static. Minorities and women are still usually underrepresented compared to their share of the overall population.

The report noted that the rise in the number of original programs created by streaming services such as Hulu. Amazon Prime, Netflix and others helped increase the participation of minorities and women.

Other findings in the report

When it comes to the number of minority film actors with lead roles, the percentage for minorities rose from 13.9 percent in 2016 to 19.8 percent in 2017. While an increase, these numbers are still way below the 40 percent share of minorities among the overall population.

For women, the share of movie actresses in lead roles increased to 32.9 percent from 31.2 percent in 2016, but still below their 50 percent share of the overall population.

Minorities in lead acting roles in scripted digital programming, increased to 21.3 percent from 2.9 percent in 2016. Minority actors in lead roles in broadcast scripted shows went up to 21.5 percent from 18.7 percent in the same time frame.

For broadcast scripted shows, women in lead roles increased to 39.7 percent from 35.7 percent in 2015–16. The show creators for scripted digital programs were 34.8 percent women from 31.5 percent in 2015–16.

There were fewer women and minorities among writers of the top 200 top-grossing movies- 12.6 percent in 2017 from 13.8 percent in 2016. Women performing lead acting roles in cable scripted shows were at 43.1 percent in 2017, up from 44.8 percent in 2016.

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