Dr Stacy L Smith, Marc Choueiti, Angel Choi & Dr Katharine Pieper USC ANNENBERG INCLUSION INITIATIVE

Yearly, the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative examines diversity and inclusion in the director’s chair across the 100 top-grossing motion pictures. For 2018, our annual analysis focuses on gender, race, and age of 1,335 helmers spanning 1,200 of the highest earning fictional films released domestically between 2007 and 2018. Clearly, this is the most intersectional assessment of directors behind the camera in film to date.
Besides directors, our report focuses on a few other key positions in filmmaking. Last year we began assessing the C-suite, board of directors, and executive film teams of each multinational and one mini major in the sample. This year, we have expanded our sights and also included a detailed analysis of gender and race/ethnicity of producers (i.e., “Produced by”) and specific below the line positions across 300 top-grossing films from 2016-2018. Below, the key findings are arranged by occupational title (i.e., directors, executives, producers, below the line).