THE EUROPEAN AUDIOVISUAL OBSERVATORY HAS JUST PUBLISHED A NEW REPORT ON GENDER INEQUALITY IN EUROPEAN TV FICTION PRODUCTION.
Women strongly underrepresented among composers, DOPs and directors of European TV fiction – more favorable situation for female producers and writers.
This brand-new report: “Female audiovisual professionals in European TV fiction production – 2020 figures” has just been published by the European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. The report analyses the composition of key positions in over 37 000 TV films and TV series episodes produced between 2015 and 2020: directors, writers, producers, directors of photography, composers and lead roles.
The share of female professionals in European TV fiction production ranges from less than 10% (composers, directors of photography) to over 40% (producers, lead roles). 36% of TV fiction episodes were written by female writers, but only 17% directed by female directors.
The low share of women results from a multiplication of factors: typically, for directors, the low share of women results from fewer women active in TV production, who work less often than men, and are more often than male in a team of directors than being the sole creator of the work. Moreover, teams are more often male-driven.