‘Jessica Jones’ Is Only Hiring Female Directors for Its Second Season0 Comments

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Posted on 22 Oct 2016 at 7:06pm

When it comes to Netflix shows, we can definitely get behind Jessica Jones, the gritty Marvel series that follows the eponymous superhero played by Krysten Ritter. But it just got even better: Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg has announced that season two will feature only female directors for every single one of its 13 episodes.

While the show debuted firmly advocating for strong women, with its critically acclaimed portrayals of a complex female lead, female friendship, and tough topics like sexual assault and resulting post-traumatic stress disorder, Rosenberg’s powerful move for the coming season ups the game and challenges the norm even more. It also highlights the gender disparity behind the camera in the TV and film industry—as the most recent Director’s Guild of America reports, during the 2015-2016 TV season, there were more female directors and directors of color than the year previously.

But the industry’s numbers still leave a lot to be desired. Even Jessica Jones‘s first season featured female directors for just one-third of its episodes—and that’s still twice the industry average, with women only in directorial roles for 18 percent of television episodes.

Luckily, Rosenberg isn’t the first TV director to bring in all female directors: Ava DuVernay was the first to hire all women directors for her upcoming season of Queen Sugar on OWN—and placed a huge emphasis on diversity across her cast and crew. Reports also indicate that Marvel as a whole is putting a major priority on assembling directors and creators that are diverse in race and gender.

Hopefully DuVernay and Rosenberg’s pioneering decisions aren’t the last we’ll write on the subject: Apparently Marvel is seeking a female director for Captain Marvel.

Glamour – Entertainment

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