Per Variety, the executive producer was speaking on a panel at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at USC for a conference titled “Transforming Hollywood 7: Diversifying Entertainment.” She said that Marvel was totally on-board with the direction.
Rosenberg admitted the initial push was to speak with female directors first and then bring in some male directors to handle some episodes after they’d gone through the pre-production process. An unidentified someone in the production posed the suggestion that they just go with all women directors, and everyone ran with it.
At a time where diversity in Hollywood — and entertainment in general — is a big part of the ongoing conversation, particularly the role and value of women as directors and creative voices (and their compensation), this is a refreshing turn for a popular and noted production. As Variety points out, Jessica Jones will be in rare company as a show with a season entirely helmed by women.
On a personal note, as an actor coming from a stage background, I’ve worked primarily with female directors, as talented, professional, driven, and commanding as any of the men I’ve worked with. It’s disappointing that there is still a roadblock here, but it’s exciting to see the issue tackled head-on and more opportunity made available.