‘The Hunger Games’ producer Nina Jacobson featured on The Hollywood Reporter’s Showrunner Roundtable


Hollywood Reporter has released its Showrunner Roundtable interviews with 12 A-List writers who touch upon a variety of topics such as race, gender, sexuality and more in Hollywood.

Nina Jacobson, producer of The Hunger Games, was also on the panel. She talks about her series The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, and also talk about being a woman producing a successful film franchise.

Nina, you and Melissa have worked on blockbuster film franchises (The Hunger Gamesand Twilight), an area in which there are few women in prominent roles. What challenges did you face that you might not have if you were a man?

JACOBSON In general, men can and frequently do fail up, and women can and frequently do succeed down — and you’re just aware of the fact that as a girl, you can’t screw up. Like one screwup and you’re in jail, whereas there are countless male executives, writers, directors who get so many chances. There is not a female equivalent of that guy [for whom] you’re like, “How does that person have that job still?” or, “How does that person get hired over and over again?”

Read the full roundtable here.

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