Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Worry Lines: Age Discrimination in the Land of Youth

Writing in The Wall Street Journal, Eric Felten explores the issue of age discrimination and screenwriting. An excerpt:

But what use is the best of dye-jobs (no doubt available in Hollywood) if the first thing potential employers see is one's date of birth? Thus the Guild's concern, and it's hardly a paranoid one. Yet even if online resumes provided by IMDb exclude an explicit statement of age, a writer's credits are still going to give him away. If you scripted episodes of "Happy Days," don't expect producers to believe that you are in your thirties.

Is there anything screenwriters can do? Maybe it's time for a fifth-column assault on the culture of youth worship, which, itself, is getting awfully long in the tooth.

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