'Girls' Boss Jenni Konner Asks Hollywood to Hire More Female Directors

Austin Hargrave
Jenni Konner (left) and Lena Dunham

The 'Girls' co-showrunner pointed to statistics indicating that only two to five percent of Hollywood studio movies are helmed by women.

Girls co-showrunner and executive producer Jenni Konner on Tuesday entreated Hollywood to hire more women filmmakers.

Konner, holding a Girls master class at the Banff World Media Festival, pointed to statistics indicating that only two to five percent of Hollywood studio movies are helmed by women. "Which is insane. I want more," she added.

Konner cited the CBC, Canada's public broadcaster, which on Monday announced that at least 50 percent of its upcoming scripted TV series will be directed by women. "That's a trend and maybe another reason to move to Canada. That's a trend I'd love to see more of," said Konner, who is a creative partner with Girls creator and star Lena Dunham.

"And from where we sit, at HBO, and because we're friends with so many female showrunners, it feels like the trend is going in a 'the future is female' direction, with Hillary Clinton as the nominee," she added. Konner then asked new HBO programming head Casey Bloys, who accompanied her during the Girls master class, what he was doing to grow the number of women directors working in Hollywood.

Bloys responded by pointing to clips from new fall HBO shows like Divorce, created by Sharon Horgan and starring Sarah Jessica Parker, and the comedy Insecure, created by and starring Issa Rae. "That's what I'm doing," he said proudly.

Bloys was making a post-HBO shakeup trek to Banff following his promotion at the network. The pay cabler recently filled out its executive ranks in the wake of programming president Michael Lombardo's departure.

Bloys' appearance during the Girls master class followed a keynote speech by HBO CEO Richard Plepler.

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