Most Hollywood Talent Agencies Fall Short of Gender Parity Goals

Umberto Gonzalez
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Despite public pledges to achieve progress toward gender parity — “50/50 by 2020” was the battle cry — most Hollywood talent agencies appear to have fallen short of their goals and are reluctant to talk about their lack of progress. In a survey of six top agencies by TheWrap, only ICM Partners and Verve said they have reached their own goals for achieving gender balance. In the case of ICM, a company rep said 15 of its 23 departments are run or co-run by women — while Verve has six women on an 11-member leadership team that is evenly split to oversee a staff of 84 that is 52% female. Other agencies, including CAA and WME, established new executive leadership teams that have slightly more female members (in both cases, 6 out of 11). The agencies, however, refused to disclose the gender breakdowns of their staff, agents, partners or board of directors — suggesting that they remain male-dominated operations even as the industry has placed a new focus on gender balance. To be clear, it’s difficult to nail down a single metric applicable to all agencies, and only ICM Partners and Verve provided significant data to substantiate their progress. Half of the...

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