[The Wrap] BG Note: “Only four percent of Hollywood’s movies are directed by women.” Female directors tell stories about the discrimination and harassment they faced on the way up.
Judy Chaikin (Director of The Girls in the Band):
Although I was already a professional director I was hired on a comedy TV series as a dialogue coach. My agent assured me it was a good way to work my way up to directing on the show. And he was right. After two seasons the producers and the series director, who were all really great guys, agreed that they would give me the final episode of the season as a directing assignment.
Two weeks before my assignment, I learned that the male star of the show had put the kibosh on the deal. His words, as reported to me later by the producers, were, “I’ll never let any woman direct me.”
I picked up my marbles, quit the show, bought some video equipment and made a documentary, “Legacy of the Hollywood Blacklist” which went on to be nominated for an Emmy.
[Optional] Should producers capitulate to the stars of the show when it comes to hiring decisions?