This has been happening since at least 1919, when Mary Pickford, “America’s sweetheart” as she was dubbed and also Hollywood’s first “million-dollar” actress, co-founded United Artists.A famously astute businesswoman, Pickford was determined to ensure that the Hollywood studio bosses weren’t able to put salary restrictions on her.“I was extremely thrilled to be on a set where I found myself working with women because I haven’t done it that much.
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She didn’t just demand a huge fee upfront but a percentage of the profits too, as well as control over how her films were marketed and distributed.
Since Pickford’s time, setting up a production company has become commonplace among female stars.
It’s a way of asserting independence, defying sexist bosses and trying to take financial and creative control of a career.
In the wake of recent revelations about Harvey Weinstein’s harassment of actresses, it is even more obvious why these stars are forming their own companies.
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