Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media

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2015 See Jane Salons

Attended by Leading Entertainment Industry and Corporate Influencers

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Changing the Lens:
Why Diversity Matters

November 11, 2015
Hosted by CBS Entertainment Diversity

Our world is transforming into a diverse global culture. By the end of this decade, according to Census Bureau projections, no single racial or ethnic group will constitute a majority of children under 18. In 2056, there are projected to be more people 65 and over than under 18 for the first time. And, in order to be relevant for next generation audiences as well as future business leaders, our entertainment needs to share stories about a multicultural and inclusive society.

How can we change the media landscape to portray diverse cultures, values and different perspectives on and off-screen in Hollywood? Media images is the quickest way to show our children countless opportunities to grow and fulfill their fullest potential. Our See Jane Salon will covene a panel of content creators and business leaders with diverse backgrounds and experiences to share best practices on how they are affecting real change and expanding our concept of diversity and inclusion beyond acceptance or tolerance. Read More…


Art of the Deal

October 16, 2015
Hosted by Bloomberg LP, NYC

Although conditions have improved in the last 40 years, women and minority filmmakers still struggle to secure funding to get their films made and distributed. This panel will discuss how filmmakers can leverage emerging technology and business models to get their stories told and in front of an audience.


Power to Greenlight

Sept. 1, 2015
Hosted by YouTube Space

The face and voice of television, film and digital has undergone a remarkable change over the past few years. Just as the way we watch what we watch is different from 10 years, so are the people responsible for its content. There are more women now holding key positions in media platforms than ever before. In the next See Jane Salon you will hear from industry leaders, content creators and show runners on how their presence is giving entertainment a new look and where the best opportunities will be for women. Read More…


Women of Action:
Redefining the Super-Hero

June 8, 2015
The District by Hannah An

Women have become the new creative power force behind Hollywood’s latest wave of
superhero films. In a field that until recently was heavily male dominated and even the names of its most popular characters usually ended in “man” – Superman, Spider-Man, Batman – now is creating more opportunities for women. While significant work still needs to be done, the recent hiring of Patty Jenkins to direct Wonder Woman and Nicole Perlman and Meg LeFauve to write the Captain Marvel screenplay is proof there is enormous pool of talent that the industry is now finally beginning to utilize. The next See Jane salon will feature a panel of Hollywood’s new generation of super women who will share their stories and insights about their experiences in the genre. Read More…


Funny Ladies:
Serious Business

March 16, 2015
The District by Hannah An

TV and film has unleashed a new generation of comediennes who act, perform stand-up, write, and direct – yet, despite representing half the population, females are still sidelined in comedy series – with only 31.5% of characters being girls and women. This is still one of the most imbalanced genres in prime time. Comedy has changed on sitcoms, in clubs, and on Saturday Night Live. The repertoire of women isn’t limited to self-loathing or man-hating anymore; the humor is more eclectic, serene, and organic. As comedy has opened up, women who once might not have dared write comedy, or writers who hadn’t considered performing, have been emboldened to become writers and get onstage, Our See Jane salon will convene a panel of comedians, actors and content creators to share their experience in the business and offer insight and best practices into their own creative process. Read More…

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