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Geena Davis’ Two Easy Steps to Make Hollywood Less Sexist “We are in effect enculturating kids from the very beginning to see women and girls as not taking up half of the space." Read Geena's guest column in
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– Nina Tassler, Chairman, CBS Entertainment
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Gender in Media News

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...

April 13, 2015 ‘Frozen’ credited with ushering in more female-focused animated features

In tackling a big screen adaptation of the literary classic “The Little Prince,” director Mark Osborne decided one thing early on — the hero of his animated film would be female. Of course, the Little Prince is male, but in recreating the delicate beauty of Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s famed fable, Osborne says he wanted to place the tale within a larger story. Read More…

April 08, 2015 8 quotes from Oscar-winner Geena Davis’ speech at Ithaca College

Davis made her mark in part through her portrayal of the first female U.S. President in ABC’s hit show Commander in Chief. She has also acted in Thelma and Louise, Stuart Little and Tootsie. She currently plays Dr. Nicole Herman on TV series Grey’s Anatomy. Here are a eight gems from her lecture, which is part of the Park School’s Distinguished Visitor series. Read More…

April 06, 2015 Actress Geena Davis to Keynote Fairfield County Community Foundation Fund for Women and Girls Annual Luncheon

Academy Award-winning actress and activist Geena Davis will be the keynote speaker at Fairfield County’s Community Foundation’s Fund for Women and Girls annual luncheon on April 9 at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich. In addition to Davis, two young women — Corinne Wilklow, 15, a young scientist from Fairfield who wants to become an astronaut, and Eloisa Melendez, 22, a Norwalk councilwoman who is the nation’s youngest Hispanic elected to public office, also will speak. Read More…

April 06, 2015 Finally, a Summer Movie Season for Women

Glance at this summer’s movie lineup, and you’ll notice something strange. Women are getting guns. And guitars. And emotional inner lives. And the ability to have sex, no strings attached. During the all-important, typically testosterone-soaked summer movie season, women are represented onscreen in roles besides Unidentified Love Interest No. 2. Let’s rattle off the movies: Hot Pursuit, Pitch Perfect 2, Tomorrowland, Aloha, Spy, Inside Out, The Bronze, Trainwreck, Paper Towns, Ricki and the Flash. Comedies, dramas, action movies, all of them led by women. Read More…

April 01, 2015 Keira Knightley: ‘Where are the female directors and writers?’

Keira Knightley has spoken out over the lack of women working behind the camera in Hollywood, in a new interview. The actress, recently nominated for an Oscar for her role in The Imitation Game, has criticised the one-sided nature of the industry and queried why the male journey is so consistently prioritised. “Where are the female stories?” Read More…

April 01, 2015 Rebel Wilson: ‘There aren’t any women in Hollywood my size and age’

Rebel Wilson believes she has a responsibility to embrace fashion. The Pitch Perfect 2 actress told Elle UK that she is “physically strong” and “very healthy”, despite “eat[ing] a lot”. She said: “You need to be physically strong for this job. I like to have the stamina to work 16 hours a day. I may eat a lot, but I am very healthy.” Read More…

March 31, 2015 Cannes Film Fest, Kering Launch Women in Motion

Entering a new Era, the Cannes Film Festival and its general delegate Thierry Fremaux are joining forces with Kering, François-Henri Pinault’s French luxury powerhouse, to launch Women in Motion. Conceived by Kering to highlight women’s achievements in film, Women in Motion will host a series of talks with high-profile talent and execs, as well as hand out two awards during the upcoming 68th Cannes film festival, which will mark Pierre Lescure’s inaugural year as president. Read More…

March 31, 2015 We Need More Badass Women: TV Bosses Tell Us Why The Bechdel Test Isn’t Enough

In 1985, an American cartoonist named Alison Bechdel inadvertently changed the way we talk about popular media via her seemingly innocuous comic strip, “Dykes to Watch Out For.” In the strip, a character based off Bechdel’s friend Liz Wallace voiced a seemingly simple, but unfortunately maddeningly difficult, idea: She refused to watch any movie that did not feature at least two female characters who spoke to each other about something besides a man. Read More…

March 30, 2015 Disney Developing Live-Action ‘Mulan’

On the heels of the magical success of Disney’s live-action Cinderella, the studio is eyeing another live-action retelling: Mulan. Disney bought a script by writing team Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek that centers on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, the female warrior who was the main character in Disney’s 1998 animated film. Read More…

March 30, 2015 Anne Sweeney Joins Netflix Board

Anne Sweeney, former co-chair of Disney Media Networks and Disney/ABC Television Group president has joined the Netflix board of directors, the streaming company announced on Monday. Microsoft EVP and general counsel Brad Smith also joined, bringing the total number of directors on the Netflix board to nine. Read More…

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