Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media

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Here's the latest in Gender in Media news from around the world.

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 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 today 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. Read More...

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

January 12, 2015 The Most Feminist Moments Of The 2015 Golden Globes

If the 2015 Golden Globes taught us anything, it’s that women’s stories matter — and girls truly do rule. This year’s Globes gave us one badass feminist moment after another. There were some less-than-ideal parts of the show (i.e. Kevin Hart calling Salma Hayek “aggressive,” Jeremy Renner’s creepy joke about J.Lo’s breasts, the entire North Korea bit), but overall it delivered serious lady power — after all, four out of five of the shows nominated for Best Comedy have female showrunners — and some deeply powerful acceptance speeches. Read More…

January 10, 2015 Girls and media: how TV chat shows and soaps can have a positive influence

The potentially harmful effects of media on the lives of adolescent girls are widely recognised, but in the recently published paper Making Waves: Media’s Potential for Girls in the Global South, I argue that media can also play a positive role. Media can influence healthy behaviours in girls, open the door to greater participation in society and ensure that girls’ issues move higher up on the public agenda. Read More…

January 10, 2015 DGA Five-Year Study of First-Time Directors in Episodic Television Shows Women and Minority Directors Face Significant Hiring Disadvantage at Entry Level

The Directors Guild of America today issued the results of a five-year analysis of the gender and ethnic diversity of first-time directors on scripted series. In the five-year period studied (2009-2010 through 2013-2014 television seasons), 479 directors received their first assignment in episodic television. The study revealed that 82% of all first-time episodic directors during the five-year span examined were male and only 18% were female; 87% were Caucasian and only 13% were Minority directors. Read More…

January 09, 2015 Geena Davis Is on a Mission to Highlight Female Filmmakers. Her Biggest Ally? Walmart

It’s not surprising that, amid a national debate over gender equity, a star and activist like Geena Davis would launch a film festival celebrating female and minority filmmakers. What might be surprising, however, is that it would be held in Bentonville, Arkansas, and proudly sponsored by hometown megabrand Walmart.
As it turns out, setting The Bentonville Film Festival in Bentonville—where fellow sponsors Coca-Cola and Kraft also have offices—wasn’t Walmart’s idea, according to Trevor Drinkwater, festival co-founder and ARC Entertainment CEO. Read More…

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