After hearing this, a highly qualified woman director attended the 2012 Directors Guild of Canada Awards last night. She sent us the following report:
“I wanted to ask the Producer on the show I’m now directing if I was chosen from ‘Binders full of Women,’ but instead I ended up asking: “Was I chosen from a single binder 10% full?” (Editor: the current ratio of male-to-female episodic TV directors is about 89% to 11%).
At the unbearable DGC Awards last night (where they made a concerted effort to have women director-presenters), the one female winner (Best Comedy Series – Call Me Fitz) said: ‘I had to create my own show to get an episodic TV directing job.’
I was feeling particularly sensitive. I was sitting at a table the farthest from the stage (back row, corner) with two other women nominees (editors).
I was the only director whose show was nominated, but I personally was not nominated (because the show directed itself, I guess).
The Romney comment was driving me crazy as I listened to the endless, mostly Hugh Hefner-esque jokes people were telling.
And someone who just might be the president of the United States in a few months literally had to go to women’s groups to get recommendations for ‘qualified’ women.
I know I’m lucky to be working, but it’s appalling and it’s enraging.”