May 16, 2022

A New Research Brief: “Equality Across 1,300 Popular Films: Examining Gender and Race/Ethnicity of Leads/Co Leads From 2007 to 2019”

Below, find a link to a new research brief from the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative/USC.

From the Brief:

The goal of this research brief was to examine gender and race/ethnicity of leads/co leads in popular motion pictures. Our analysis involved the 1,300 top movies, focusing on the highest earning 100 films from 2007 through 2019.2 Every film was categorized in one of two ways, featuring a lead or co lead driving the action or as an ensemble storyline. Only those films featuring a lead/co lead are discussed in this brief. Put differently, ensembles were excluded but will be represented in our longer report released in the summer.

Direct to Full Text: “Inequality Across 1,300 Popular Films: Examining Gender And Race/Ethnicity Of Leads/co Leads From 2007 To 2019”
3 pages; PDF. 

Media Coverage Includes this Story from Variety: Women and People of Color Made Strides on Screen, Study Shows

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