Reports & Statistics

Learn about the latest reports and statistics relating to gender and the media.

Raising Films - Back from the Brink: A Scoping Study

A March 2021 report addressing the impacts of COVID-19 reported by parents and carers working in the UK screen sector. 

The Future of Film Report 2020

The Future of Film Report brings together work of a number of speakers and participants from the inaugural Future of Film Summit. This report has been created in partnership with King’s College London. Sign up to their mailing list to be able to receive a copy of the report here.

albert: a screen new deal

albert alongside BFI and Arup, have set out a vision for what a sustainable film industry could look like with their route map to sustainable film production. Read the report here.

Working from home: A guide to creating a healthy and productive workspace at home

Cotswolds co. has published a report filled with information on creating a healthy home workspace, statistics on working from home and productivity alongside the technological and cultural challenges that need to be addressed. Read it all here.

Hollywood Diversity Report 2020

UCLA College Social Sciences Hollywood Diversity Report 2020 is now available to read here.

Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film: It’s a Man’s (Celluloid) World Study 2019

Released on Wednesday 8 January 2020, this study has been conducted since 2002. The study considers the representation of female characters in the top 100 (domestic) grossing films. Read more here.

Female Directors in European Cinema: Key Figures 2019

This European Audiovisual Observatory report measures the gender divide among film directors in Europe and is based on a sample covering feature films produced from 2003 to 2017. Read more here.

Inclusion & Diversity in UK VFX, Animation and Post Production

UK Screen Alliance in conjunction with Animation UK and Access VFX published a major report into inclusion and diversity in the UK’s VFX, animation and post-production sectors. Read more here.

2019 Annual ScreenSkills Assessment

A comprehensive analysis of existing data combined with a specially commissioned survey of more than 400 employers on the state of the screen sector workforce. It is the first major piece of research to draw an accurate and coherent picture of the labour market since the 2014 Creative Skillset Workforce Survey. Read more here.

Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media: Representation in Family Films

In its analysis of over 1,000 characters from a decade of family films (2007 – 2017, all rated G, PG or PG-13), the Geena Davis Institute looked at the number of leads or co-leads who were female, people of color, LGBTQIA-identified or had a physical or cognitive disability. The report found that none of these […]

Female-Led Films Outperform at Box Office

This CAA + Shift7 Study found that on average, female-led films lead global box office revenue at every budget level between 2014 and 2017. Read more…

Adjusting the Colour Balance: A report on BAME representation among directors working in UK TV

Directors UK report on black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) directorial representation in UK television. Read more.

Terrorists and Tyrants: Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) Actors in Prime Time and Streaming Television

This report from MAAC, an arts advocacy coalition for Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) performers has found that they are grossly underrepresented on U.S. TV. Read more.

Boxed In Report 2019-2020

Now in its 21st year, the Boxed In study from the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film provides the most comprehensive historical record of women’s representation and employment in U.S. television available. Overall, the numbers are down this year. Read more here.

Critic’s Choice 2

This study from Dr. Stacy L. Smith and the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative uses reviews of 300 top-grossing films from 2015 to 2017 posted on Rotten Tomatoes to assess gender and race/ethnicity of critic. Read more here.

Workforce Diversity in the UK Screen Sector

Commissioned by the external advisory group to the BFI’s National Lottery-funded Research and Statistics Fund, this University of Leicester report looks at evidence from 2012 to 2016. Read the report here.

Who’s Calling the Shots? A report on gender inequality among directors working in UK TV

In this report, Directors UK looks at television output from 2013-2016 and reveals that the gender gap increased across all four of the main UK broadcasters: BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5. The report follows on from their first look at gender inequality in UK TV programming published in 2014. Read more here.

USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative – 2018 Report

The study examines 48,757 speaking characters across 1,110 films from 2007 to 2017, as well as behind the camera roles in 2017. It reveals that progress toward inclusion remains to be seen among top movies with regard to females, underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, the LGBT community, and individuals with disabilities.The study is the largest and most […]

Women and Equalities Committee report on sexual harassment in the workplace

Following a wide-ranging six-month inquiry, the Parliamentary Women and Equalities Committee have concluded in their report published this week that the Government, regulators and employers are failing in their responsibilities to tackle sexual harassment in the workplace. Read the full report here.

Thumbs Down 2018: Film Critics and Gender, and Why It Matters

First conducted in 2007, Thumbs Down is the most comprehensive and longest-running study of women’s representation and impact as film reviewers available.  This report considers individuals working for print, broadcast, and online outlets during spring 2018.  The study is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego […]

Panic! Social Class, Taste and Inequalities in the Creative Industries

Published in April 2018, this is the first sociological study on social mobility in the cultural industries. Read here.

Nordicom Study Finds the Media is a Male Business

The leadership of the 100 largest international media corporations is dominated by men. Thirty corporations have no women whatsoever in their top management, according to statistics compiled by Nordicom. Read more here.  

US Study Shows Dip in Portrayals of Female Characters On-Screen

The It’s a Man’s (Celluloid) World report from The Centre for the Study of Women in Television and Film found that in 2017, females comprised 24% of protagonists in the 100 top grossing films at the US box office. This represents a decline of 5 percentage points from 2016. Females accounted for 37% of major […]


Calling the Shots Report

Researchers on the AHRC-funded project Calling the Shots: women and contemporary film culture in the UK’ have found that on British films, women remain historically under-represented as directors and cinematographers. Counting the numbers of men and women working in these roles on 3,452 films in production from 2003 to 2015, they found that only 14% […]

The Celluloid Ceiling

Click here to read the Celluloid Ceiling 2017 report. Now in its 20th year, the study considers the employment of women working in a variety of key behind-the-scenes roles (directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, cinematographers) on the top 100, 250, and 500 films.