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If Women Ran Hollywood...

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by Kerensa Cadenas
December 7, 2012 5:23 PM
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If women ran Hollywood is a question worth pondering and one we often do here at Women and Hollywood. Apparently it’s been a question on the minds of those over at The Hollywood Reporter, so they asked some different people working in the entertainment industry this question to coincide with their annual look at the most powerful women in entertainment.

Here are some of the quotes:

Gale Anne Hurd (producer, The Walking Dead):

Would a Hollywood run entirely by women really be any different? Would casting finally be color- and gender-blind? Women tend to be more inclusive and lead from the ground up rather than the top down. Imagine a collaborative process where assistants' ideas are given as much value as top-level executives': Let the best idea win! Perhaps the traditional hierarchy would evolve until hard work trumps nepotism. Would Hollywood finally become a meritocracy? On the flip side, would there be more sentiment onscreen? Probably not. Content, driven by the marketplace, likely wouldn't change much. And the business would still be populated by passionate, hardworking individuals, male and female, devoted to creating and sharing stories with the world.

Melissa Rosenberg (screenwriter of all five Twilight movies):

I believe it would be more inclusive. There would be a better reflection of the gender and racial makeup of our community in writing rooms, in directors' chairs, in decision-makers' offices and hence on the screen. Which I also believe would attract a greater audience and bigger ratings and box office. And maybe world peace!

Kurt Sutter (creator, Sons of Anarchy):

Honestly, this setup feels a little degrading, ladies, like we're talking about women in power as a futuristic fairy tale. Maybe that's the point, that it still is a far road to travel -- but women will run Hollywood, it's only a matter of time. I don't say this to be flip or patronizing -- I believe that eventually the need for grace, compassion and intelligence (women) will overtake the current system of aggression, arrogance and ego (men). Women will run everything. As God intended.

With the most recent barrage of sexist crap happening within Hollywood lately, this makes pushes us to say that some steps should be taken in order to balance the gender scales in Hollywood.   Back in July, Martha Lauzen for the Women's Media Center envisioned what Hollywood would look like in 2012 if women were running the show, check it out here.

What does a woman-ran Hollywood look like to you? And what do we need to do in order to get there?

If Women Ran Hollywood: Joel McHale, 'New Girl's' Liz Meriwether and Kurt Sutter Answer (The Hollywood Reporter)

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2 Comments

  • LeonRaymond | December 8, 2012 7:37 PMReply

    As a Man speaking out I would love it or more films by women, but here is the big if and I mean BIG IF? What if that Happens and it's just white women replacing white men only situation, then to me there would be no difference. it would just be intense female racism instead what is now intense male racism. Now if there was inclusion I would jump up and down like a happy crazed seal. Make it balanced, make it not about color, make it not about the female gender from a country that is the flavor of the month and I am in!!!!

  • Marian | December 7, 2012 7:43 PMReply

    I'm not convinced that we'd get more and better films by and about women if women ran Hollywood, and this morning I enjoyed reading Margot Magowan's response to an article about Dreamworks as a woman-driven studio – http://reelgirl.com/2012/12/if-dreamworks-is-female-driven-studio-where-are-female-protagonists/ Women become institutionalised within industry structures and I think we have to keep asking them, as individuals and collectively, "Who benefits from your decision-making?" And sometimes, the answer isn't pretty. And it won't be in the future, either.

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