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Director Betty Thomas speaks onstage at the 67th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on February 7, 2015 in Century City.
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Director Betty Thomas speaks onstage at the 67th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on February 7, 2015 in Century City.

Could a government investigation into hiring practices of some of Hollywood's biggest lead to a more equal playing field for female directors?

Gender discrimination in Hollywood has been a hot topic for a good long while now, and we've talked about it a lot here on Take Two. Back in May we had a conversation with Melissa Goldman of the ACLU about the sorts of things that female directors frequently encounter in The Business.



"A number of women told us they heard things in meetings with studio executives like "Oh, we already hired a woman this season," or "Oh, we hired a woman once and that didn't really work out." Or, "We love to hire women, but our crew doesn't really work that well with women." Comments like that were things that we heard a lot."

At the time Goldman told us the ACLU was presenting the information that they had gathered to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, in the hope it would investigate Hollywood's hiring practices.

Well, now the Commission is officially looking into it and Ted Johnson, Senior Writer with Variety, joins the show to talk about it. 

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