Mad Men Women Writers Part Whatever

by Melissa Silverstein on July 28, 2010

in TV,Women Writers

I don’t know why this is one of my bugaboos but every since Mad Men put all its female writers out in the Wall Street Journal before last year’s premiere and declared the show was basically written by women I’ve been watching the women writers on the show.

As you know two women writers who both won Emmys for their work, Kater Gordon and Robin Veith, have both left and were replaced by men.  Keep in mind that both men who were hired were hired at a more senior level.  Jonathan Abrahams is a producer and Keith Huff is a co-producer.

So let’s look at the women from the Wall Street Journal article:

Marti Noxon, Lisa Albert, Kater Gordon, Dahvi Waller, Robin Veith, Cathryn Humphris, Maria Jacquemetton.

Of those seven, four have left.  From what I could tell from the credits this past Sunday night only one of the four women has been replaced by another woman.

Based on my unscientific count, there are 11 people with producer credits in their title.  Four of them are women.  That means that seven are guys (including Matthew Weiner.)

Here are the women writers on Mad Men:

Consulting Producer – Janet Leahy

Consulting Producer- Lisa Albert (last season she was a supervising producer)

Producer – Davhi Waller (last season she was a co-producer)

Co-Executive Producers – Maria Jacquemetto (last season she was a consulting producer)

I also found it strange that the credits for some of the producers (remember producers are writers on TV) are at the end of the show while some of them are at the beginning.  My experience in watching the ton of TV that I do is that all the producer and writing credits are at the top of the show.

So let’s be clear.  Mad Men is not dominated by women writers.


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Carol Wyatt July 31, 2010 at 8:50 PM

It depends on the show whether the producer credits are in the beginning or on a card at the end credits. There may be credits that contractually get a card at the end… Which is actually a good thing. They may share a card with a couple of producers, or get their own card, which is prestigious and negotiated in their contract. It all depends on each producer/writer’s contract.

janine borchgrevink February 13, 2012 at 3:52 AM

I wish the writers could learn the proper usage of lie and lay. I know that most people these days get them wrong but back in the ’60’s nearly everyone (particularly in an office setting) used them correctly. Please, writers, get a good grammarian to help you. I’ve just been catching up on two seasons I missed and the many mistakes make me cringe!

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susieq April 8, 2013 at 2:22 PM

The female characters and perspective in Season 6’s premiere felt so off to me that I checked the end credits.

The show seems to be down to 2 female writers: Marcy Patterson and
Lisa Albert … And it shows.

I’m so disappointed. I don’t feel the connection I used to feel to Peggy. It’s ridiculous to make her so perfectly self-assured now, like a mini-Don Draper – free to fuck around as if her entire background and Catholic guilt magically disappeared and suddenly, with opportunity, POOF! She’s liberated and perfectly realized. I did not mind the road Joan took — but after Don judged her, I think she would have reflexively called him on it.
Betty gaining weight made sense but the pain wasn’t there so it was done cartoonishly — and speaking of cartoons “Megan” — she’s pure male fantasy and I know that’s the point for Don’s storyline — he has “the perfect wife” and he still cheats — but “the perfect wife” should charm us not annoy the shit out of us with her childish enthusiasm!

Anyway, bring back the women writers b/c this batch sucks.

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