‘Jessica Jones’ Season 2 to Be Directed Entirely by Women
Each episode of Marvel's Jessica Jones Season 2 will be directed by a woman, which is, sadly, newsworthy in the year 2016.
The show’s executive producer and showrunner, Melissa Rosenberg, made the announcement on Friday (October 21), during a panel at Transforming Hollywood 7: Diversifying Entertainment, according to Variety.
Rosenberg said she initially presented Marvel with the idea of increasing women directors for the show’s second season, and she received zero pushback on the idea. An unnamed person involved in the show’s production then suggested to her that Jessica Jones hire women directors exclusively, a thought that Rosenberg says hadn't crossed her mind but was, admittedly, a good one. And with Marvel fully onboard, it stuck.
Rosenberg also shatters the illusion of Hollywood's so-called "colorblind" and "gender-neutral" casting, noting that diversity in every aspect of the hiring process must be “a conscious decision and it’s very important that show runners do that.”
She also says that while hiring writers, work experience matters less to her than having a wide variety of perspectives, which ultimately makes or a more interesting and inclusive script.
“When I interview a writer, I’m less interested in what you’ve been doing professionally than I am in where you’re from, what your parents do, what’s your life experience, what are you bringing to the table personally?” she said. “I don’t want a bunch of people who look and sound [like me] and have the experiences I have.”
The news follows Ava DuVernay’s highly publicized decision to hire only female directors for her TV show Queen Sugar, indicating a shift in Hollywood is -- slowly but surely -- taking place.
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