Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Mad Men: Maybe This Is Why the Writing Is So Great...

Steve pointed me to a great article in The Wall Street Journal about “Mad Men” (the fabulous AMC show that resumes on Sunday night at 10 pm…get your martinis ready!). “The Women Behind ‘Mad Men’” talks about how the show’s writing team is comprised of nine writers, and seven of them are women.

There’s so much good stuff if you’re a “Mad Man” fan (including a fun sidebar about how much fashion designers love this show), but this is downright depressing:

"According to the Directors Guild of America, the labor union that represents film and television directors, about 13% of its 8,000 directors are female. Women comprised 23% of television writers during the 2007 to 2008 prime-time season, a 12 percentage point decrease from the same period a year earlier. Nearly 80% of TV programs in the 2007 to 2008 prime-time season had no women writers, according to a study by Martha Lauzen, executive director of the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University."

And I thought the publishing world was tough for women writers.


DC-area author Leslie Pietrzyk explores the creative process and all things literary.