×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

WASHINGTON — Entertainment and media congloms largely remain empires ruled by testosterone, with only a slim percentage of top corporate exec slots or corporate board seats going to women.

A study skedded to be released this morning in Washington by Pennsylvania U.’s Annenberg Public Policy Center concludes that women are often “significantly underrepresented” throughout such mega congloms as Fox Entertainment Group, USA Networks, AOL Time Warner, the Walt Disney Co., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, General Electric/NBC, Clear Channel and AMC Entertainment.

(Study didn’t survey Sony Pictures Entertainment, Vivendi Universal or Viacom/Paramount. Nor does it reflect strides at the tops of divisions or lower levels; for example, women now fill the top porgramming and development jobs at all the major television networks, and four of the six nets now have women entertainment prexys.)

“With few exceptions, we have not moved beyond tokensim,” said Susan Ness, Annenberg project director and former FCC commissioner.

The Annenberg treatise concluded that the glass ceiling has been fortified by consolidation, since there are fewer and fewer rungs at the top of the ladder.

Across the entertainment, cable, TV news and Internet sectors, men accounted for more than three in four of top execs — defined as chairs, vice chairs, prexys, chief execs or operating officers.

Study, relying on 2001 annual reports, rushed to point out that Fox Entertainment and USA Networks listed no top female execs.

USA joined Disney in faring better than the rest when it came to their boards. At USA, three of the 12 seats were occupied by women; at the Mouse, women held four of the 16 seats.

Disney didn’t do as well when it came to top execs. Of the 20 top titles, women held two.

At MGM, two of the top 16 execs were women; only one of the 12 board members was a woman.

AMC reported no female board members last year, and only one top exec.

AOL TW made a below-average showing in both categories, with only one woman on its 16-seat board. Of the top 32 execs, only two were women. AMC had no female board members.

The Annenberg study completed an in-depth analysis of AOL TW and Fox Entertainment, a division of News Corp.

While there were few women in the upper reaches of AOL TW, women do hold sway in the conglom’s various kingdoms. At Warner Bros., there are several women serving as division heads, including senior veep and chief corporate communications officer Barbara Brogliatti.

Turning elsewhere, Annenberg said strong strides have been made in the TV news biz, where over 30% of news execs are women.

In the cable biz, only about 12% of the corporate board seats were held by women. Of the 571 top cable execs, 89 — or 16% –were women.

Top newspapers fared a bit better than the entertainment and media congloms they cover when it comes to female power. An exception was the Washington Post, which had no women on its board in 2001.

Ness said it was impossible to draw comparisons with last year’s debut Annenberg study, because a different mix of companies were studied.