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Box office records were broken in 2018, a year that also saw a record number of total films released theatrically — 776 (excluding re-releases and anniversary runs), according to Box Office Mojo. Approximately 115 of those came from the six major Hollywood studios (plus MGM and Lionsgate) and their subsidiaries, including the year’s number one earner, “Black Panther,” which was one of the roughly 20% of 2018’s top 100 films directed by a filmmaker of color.
As a new study from USC Annenberg, “Inclusion in the Director’s Chair,” reveals, 2018 did mark key milestones with regards to matters of diversity behind the camera – most notably, that the year saw a historically high percentage of black directors helming top movies. However, there is still much progress to be made.
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As Hollywood finds itself pressured to bring about genuine, irreversible change, industry output over the next several years will continue to face close scrutiny. Looking ahead, IndieWire has taken an early snapshot of racial and ethnic diversity “in the director’s chair” at the studio level, as it pertains to the next two years. That picture doesn’t suggest any marked improvement over 2018, with about 23 out of a total of 178 studio films set for release in 2019 and 2020 directed by filmmakers of color.
Of course both figures could change, as studios shift release dates, announce and fast-track new projects, replace directors, and so on. Nevertheless, it’s unlikely that any changes will have a drastic effect on the current numbers.
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Also worth noting is that there are several “Untitled” projects that have been dated, but remain mysterious, because the studios behind them have kept specifics about each (notably crew and cast) under wraps. So...
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