Q. What do Lincoln, E.T., The Color Purple, War of the Worlds, Jurassic Park, 12 Years a Slave, Eat Pray Love, A Mighty Heart, World War Z, Jane Eyre, Saving Mr. Banks, Proof, Elizabeth, The Master, American Hustle, Zero Dark Thirty, Her, The Dark Knight, Man of Steel, Inception, Hustle & Flow, The Hunger Games, Monsters, Inc., A Bug’s Life, and Toy Story 3 have in common?
A. They were all produced by women.
Look around. Female producers are everywhere: Shepherding the new Star Wars trilogy. Bringing the latest Hunger Games to theaters. And in February, when Oscar night rolls around, 11 women could be competing to take the stage when the Best Picture prize is announced.
It’s an impressive—and improbable—feat. The large number of successful female producers working on Hollywood’s most important films today belies some pretty depressing statistics: According to a 2012 study conducted by the Los Angeles Times, women make up only 18 percent of the producers’ branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. READ FULL STORY