[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.
Maria Giese (Director of When Saturday Comes, Hunger):
I’ve faced my share of sexual harassment, but the real injury was not getting hired. While I was in graduate film school, I won many directing awards for my short films and was assured that if I observed I would be hired in television. I shadowed for literally hundreds of hours on Dick Wolf TV shows, but they never hired me — preferring again and again to give the gigs to men.
Later, after I had directed a feature film with A-list actors that screened at Cannes and got theatrical distribution, the same executive producer promised me a directing slot on “Law & Order” if I would just fly (on my own dime) to New York to observe one more time. So I did — but then he gave my episode to his stepson, who had much less experience than I did. That job helped the stepson launch a 20-year, $10 million career in TV directing — until last year, when he got convicted on charges of child pornography.
I put up with this executive sticking his tongue down my throat on crowded sets, and who gets the job?
At the end of the day, nothing was as degrading for me as not getting employed.
Similar: Law And Order In The Bedroom
Executive Producer (NOT Dick Wolf):
His Director Stepson:
[Optional] Is producer Dick Wolf ultimately responsible for the lack of female directors on his six TV shows?