Break­ing the glass ceil­ing

Los Angeles Times - - CALENDAR - Rachel Feld­man Los An­ge­les

Thank you for your ex­cel­lent re­port­ing [“NBC Pushes to Get Fe­male Di­rec­tors,” Aug. 4] and for con­tin­u­ing to il­lu­mi­nate gen­der eq­uity in Hol­ly­wood.

As a for­mer chair of the DGA Women’s Steer­ing Com­mit­tee (who has di­rected more than 60 hours of episodic tele­vi­sion), I would like to bring to the at­ten­tion of our in­dus­try that there are more than 1,300 ex­pe­ri­enced, mid­ca­reer fe­male di­rec­tors in the guild. While it is true that only about 50 of th­ese women are rep­re­sented by agents, mak­ing the rest vir­tu­ally in­vis­i­ble to those who hire, there are, in fact, hun­dreds of ac­com­plished fe­male di­rec­tors, some with Em­mys and Os­cars, ready, will­ing and able to call “Ac­tion!”

Meryl Streep spon­sors a pro­gram for mid­ca­reer, fe­male writ­ers, and the WGA has made enor­mous strides sup­port­ing the ca­reers of their ex­pe­ri­enced fe­male writ­ers, but in the tele­vi­sion di­rec­tor land­scape the per­sis­tent be­lief that there are not enough trained di­rec­tors is sim­ply false, a huge in­jus­tice to women who have al­ready been in­jured by decades of gen­der ex­clu­sion.

Train­ing new di­rec­tors is no doubt an im­por­tant el­e­ment in cre­at­ing a wider tal­ent pool, but there is a highly skilled la­bor force that al­ready ex­ists, ig­nored for too long. It’s high time for the in­dus­try to em­ploy th­ese ac­com­plished women and for the agen­cies to do their part in rep­re­sent­ing them. We’re not hard to find.

Jen­nifer S. Alt­man For The Times

LESLI LINKA GLATTER, one of many fe­male di­rec­tors, on the “Home­land” set in New York in 2016.

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