Essential California: The big math problem at the heart of Hollywood’s sexual harassment scandal

At the core of the sexual harassment scandal is one fact that Hollywood has a male problem. Men overwhelmingly control almost every section of Hollywood, from movie sets to the corporate suites. Among the 100 top-grossing movies released last year, only five were directed by women, according to a USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism study. The study found men received nearly 87% of the screenwriting credits, and 79% of the producers were men.


Harvey and Bob Weinstein’s studio, Weinstein Co., had tons of projects taking place when sexual harassment and rape allegations against Harvey Weinstein hit the airwaves this month. Some of those projects are now canceled while others are still moving forward.

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