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Women made up 17 percent of directors, producers and other critical positions in making the top 250 grossing films in the U.S. last year, down 2 percentage points from the year before, according to a study issued Thursday by San Diego State University.

The annual “Celluloid Ceiling” report also found that only 7 percent of directors of major films in 2016 were women, down from 9 percent from the prior year.

The report from the SDSU Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film said women in 2016 films comprised 13 percent of the writers, 17 percent of the executive producers, 24 percent of producers, 17 percent of editors and 5 percent of cinematographers. Females made up 3 percent of composers.

While the percentages can vary from year to year based on film schedules and are expected to improve some this year with some high-profile movies due from female filmmakers, over the long term they’re roughly similar to those of 1998.

The study also found that women were most likely to work in the documentary and drama genres, accounting for 24 percent and 20 percent, respectively. Women were least likely to work in the action and horror genres, accounting for 11 percent and 12 percent.

According to the Variety, the report was issued while the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission investigates gender discrimination in the movie business.

The study did not look at foreign films or re-releases.

–City News Service

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