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They have made great strides to change the landscape of media and programming to reflect a more accurate, gender balanced, diverse portrayal of society.
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– Nina Tassler, Chairman, CBS Entertainment
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Kids need to see entertainment where females are valued as much as males.
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– GEENA DAVIS
In family films, there’s only 1 female character for every 3 male characters. For a well-balanced adventure, just add girls.
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As L.A.'s only women's university, we are thrilled to partner with Geena Davis to create research that influences opportunities for women in media.
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– Ann McElaney-Johnson, president of Mount St. Mary's University
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No one has done more to bring strong, complex and truly inspirational female characters to both large and small screens.
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Gender in Media News

Coming Soon Celebrity Poker Tournament at Sundance Film Festival

Join our celebrity guests on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at Airbnb Haus in Park City, Utah at Sundance Film Festival. Celebrity guests include Geena Davis, Jason Alexander, Kevin Pollak, Alysia Reiner and more. Tables and sponsorships are available. Read More...

Coming This Spring: May 5-9, 2015 Academy Award® Winning Actor Geena Davis and Arc Entertainment Launch Bentonville Film Festival with Founding Sponsor Walmart and Presenting Sponsor Coca-Cola

Academy Award® winning actor Geena Davis and ARC Entertainment announced the launch of the Bentonville Film Festival (BFF), a one-of-a-kind inaugural event designed to champion women and diversity in film. The Festival, which will take place from May 5 – 9 in Bentonville, Arkansas, will be the first and only film competition in the world to offer guaranteed theatrical, television, digital and retail home entertainment distribution for its winners. Geena Davis, Chair of the Bentonville Film Festival, along with the BFF Board, Julianne Moore, Angela Bassett, Samuel L. Jackson, Natalie Portman, Bruce Dern, Eva Longoria, Viola Davis, Nina Tassler, Paula Patton, Randy Jackson, Gil Robertson and Nisha Ganatra, hope you will join them this May in Arkansas to champion women and diversity in media. Watch Video... or Read More...

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January 28, 2015 ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 11 Spoilers: 7 Things to Know Before The Jan. 29 Winter Premiere

“Grey’s Anatomy” will be returning to ABC with the second half of Season 11 on Thursday, Jan. 29. And according to reports, the winter premiere episode, “Where Do We Go From Here,” will be stuffed to the brim with dramatic story lines. The story line of Dr. Herman’s (Geena Davis) alleged “inoperable brain tumor” will come into play as Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) and Amelia (Caterina Scorsone) search for the best way to approach their colleague about a cure. Read More…

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January 28, 2015 Joss Whedon Says “Sexism” Is Preventing Female-Led Superhero Movies

Digital Spy visited the set of Avengers: Age Of Ultron last summer and sat down with director Joss Whedon for a one-on-one interview. Their discussion centered on the lack of female-led superhero films. Keep in mind, this interview was conducted two months before Marvel Studios announced a Captain Marvel film will be released July 6, 2018 and Warner Brothers announced a Wonder Woman solo film was in the works. Whedon doesn’t pull any punches when asked why there is a lack of female-led superhero films. “It’s a phenomenon in the industry that we call ‘stupid people’,” Whedon replied. “There is genuine, recalcitrant, intractable sexism, and old-fashioned quiet misogyny that goes on. Read More..

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January 27, 2015 Sony Pictures Classics Q&A: ‘It’s the Year of Women’ at Sundance

From “Sleeping With Other People” to “The Bronze,” a host of female driven films are hitting this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Sony Pictures Classics co-presidents Tom Bernard and Michael Barker believe that the wealth of pictures featuring women and aimed at that audience aren’t an aberration. They’re a sign of a flourishing of female talent that will reap dividends for decades. Read More…

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January 27, 2015 Geena Davis will headline this Cincinnati business event

Actress Geena Davis will be paying a visit to Cincinnati in May to speak at the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati’s Career Women of Achievement luncheon. The annual event, which will be held May 13, is the YWCA’s largest fundraiser and honors eight women from Greater Cincinnati for their personal career success, leadership, qualities and status as role models for all women. Two educational scholarships will also be awarded at the event that runs from noon until 1:30 p.m. at the Duke Energy Convention Center. Read More…

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January 16, 2015 Eva Longoria Comedy ‘Telenovela’ A Go At NBC With 13-Episode Order

NBC has landed Eva Longoria for next season, giving a 13-episode order to her NBC single-camera comedy Telenovela, which will mark Longoria’s first series starring role since Desperate Housewives. The project already had a big commitment at the pitch stage — Telenovela, set behind the scenes of a Spanish language telenovela — was going to get a 13-episode order if Longoria committed to star and a pilot order if she didn’t. A casting director has been quietly working on the show for some time. Read More…

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January 15, 2015 Suffragettes, Action Heroines, and BDSM: Most Anticipated Films By and About Women in 2015

Our 2014 end-of-year coverage highlighted the good and the bad for women and Hollywood in 2014. As we usher in a new year, let’s focus on some of the exciting female-centric films that await us in 2015. Read More…

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January 15, 2015 Oscar Nominations Expose Academy’s Lack of Diversity

This year’s crop of Oscar contenders reveals a stunning lack of diversity that is certain to reawaken complaints that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is tone deaf when it comes to issues of race and gender. All of the acting categories on Thursday were dominated by white performers and no female writers or directors were included in the Oscar race. It’s the kind of monochromatic constellation that flies in the face of a moviegoing public that is becoming more multi-cultural by the day. Read More…

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January 15, 2015 Directors Guild study: First-time TV directors overwhelmingly white

Even as shows such as “Black-ish,” “Empire” and “Cristela” broaden the diversity of characters and stories on television, the opportunities for first-time female and minority directors on TV remain limited. Women make up only 18% of first-time directors on episodic TV shows, while minorities comprise only 13% of first-time directors, according to a study published this week by the Directors Guild of America. The study charted the five-year period from the 2009-10 season through the 2013-14 season (excluding pilots). Read More…

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January 13, 2015 Hailee Steinfeld to Star in YA Adaptation With Female Director, Writer, Producers

We’ve loved Hailee Steinfeld since she stole our hearts (and an Oscar nomination) with her work in 2010′s True Grit. Not to be left out from the Hollywood starlet cool kids table, Steinfeld has just signed on to star in her very own YA book adaptation—and surrounded herself with awesome ladies. Steinfeld will star in the big-screen version of 2003′s Carrie Pilby. Written by Caren Lissner and published by Harlequin Teen, the book focuses on Carrie, a 19-year-old genius who graduates from college with absolutely zero social skills. Read More…

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January 12, 2015 Women cry more than men ‘because of the media’

Stereotypes suggest that men are more cold-hearted than women, and less likely to cry. Studies show this may be true. According to a study by a reputable tear researcher in Holland, men cry less and for shorter durations than females. It has been discovered that men cry for an average of two to three minutes, compared to six minutes for women. It is further suggested that men show less compassion because they are not presented as “emotional” in the media. Read More…

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