Roughly a year since stories of harassment and discrimination at work started to dominate the headlines, professionals in entertainment say the problems facing their industry are more pervasive than what you might think.
This reality surfaces in our survey, in partnership with CNBC's Closing The Gap series, on the state of gender in the entertainment industry. (The first LinkedIn-CNBC analysis, revealed in June, focused on the gap in the finance industry.) We received more than 1,000 responses from LinkedIn members working in entertainment and the motion picture/film industry in the U.S. Our questions tried to cover both the alleged problems as well as potential solutions, asking respondents to weigh in on if their careers have been impacted by the issues surfaced by the #MeToo and Time's Up movements and their ideas for how to make the industry more inclusive.
We then asked key influencers in the space — from Madeline DiNonno, CEO of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, to Dr. Stacy Smith, Director of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative and Kirsten Schaffer, Executive Director of Women In Film — to weigh in on the issues and start a productive discussion.
In the charts below, you'll see that workers in front and behind the camera agree that discrimination and harassment remains top of mind for many women across the industry. And while many witness bad behavior, very few feel comfortable reporting it. When we asked respondents to suggest solutions for bias or lack of female leadership, a wide chasm emerged between not only how men and women view the problem but between those with more experience in the industry and those just starting out.
"These findings are a wake-up call to anyone in this industry who has yet to recognize the sustained effort necessary—up and down the ranks, in front of and behind the camera, in the C-suite, the mailroom and everywhere in between—to get issues of gender equity right," said Jeremy Zimmer, CEO of United Talent Agency. "Anyone with influence needs to commit to realizing the huge opportunity we all have when we strive toward and begin to realize gender equity."
We want to hear from you: Have ideas of your own on the state of diversity in entertainment? Join the series on LinkedIn with an article, post or video that includes #ClosingTheGap somewhere in the body.
Here are the results: