German cinema has in recent years experienced a revival of scrutiny for its evident gender inequality. Women directors receive less public funds, work with lower budgets, and their films have smaller releases; however, their films are often more successful artistically and are produced financially more efficiently. The lack of female talent in the industry, thus, can’t be a problem of quality as is often argued. Instead, industry structures fail to sustain female directors’ careers. This article presents findings from a series of extensive empirical studies on the German film industry. One of the key findings is that the producer is crucial to the gender balance of the team, evidenced by the fact that female producers work significantly more often with female authors and directors.
Loist, Skadi; Prommer, Elizabeth: Gendered Production Culture in the German Film Industry. In: Media Industries, Jg. 6 (2019), Nr. 1, S. 95–115. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3998/mij.15031809.0006.106.
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