‘Jessica Jones’ Hires All-Female Director Line-Up For Season 2

By October 23, 2016
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Marvel Studios has often come under fire over its lack of female talent, both in front of and behind the camera. But Jessica Jones showrunner Melissa Rosenberg looks to level the playing field, announcing that all 13 episodes of the second season will be helmed by female directors.

Rosenberg, speaking at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism on Friday, stated she originally had sought merely to increase the number of female directors for Season 2, according to Variety – a move she noted Marvel was fully supportive of.

With many of the top female directors finding themselves in demand, Rosenberg was open to the idea of considering male talent if some of her hiring choices didn’t pan out. But someone else involved with the series proposed the idea of hiring only females, and the creative team ran with it.

Rosenberg also expressed the importance of inclusive hiring practices, saying that it was “a conscious decision and it’s very important that showrunners do that.”

“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? I don’t want a bunch of people who look and sound (like me) and have the experiences I have.”

The all-female lineup of directors puts Jessica Jones in similar company with Ava DuVernay’s Queen Sugar, which airs on the OWN cable channel, and also boasted an all-female roster of directors for its premiere season.

No word yet on which directors have been hired for Jessica Jones, or what viewers can expect from the second season’s plot. But Rosenberg confirmed that scripts were nearing completion, with production scheduled to begin early next year, and a debut expected on Netflix sometime in 2018.

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