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COMING SOON - February 17, 2016 2016 Global Symposiums on Gender in Media

Our 2016 Global Symposiums on Gender in Media will be held in Mumbai on February 17 and Sao Paulo on March 8. The Mumbai Symposium is co-hosted by FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO), Mumbai Chapter, the women’s wing of FICCI and sponsored by ITVS. The Sao Paulo Symposium will be hosted by Google. The Institute will present new global research which explores the influence of film audiences in the UK, India, Nigeria, France and Brazil funded by the Oak Foundation. Read More…

COMING SOON - May 3-8, 2016 Bentonfille Film Festival

Submissions are open for both feature films and short films. BFF’s mission is to encourage content creation in film and other forms of media that reflects the diverse — and half female — world we live in. BFF proactively supports content creation by minorities and women with a platform to showcase their work and, with the help of our partners, is the only film competition in the world to guarantee theatrical, television, digital and retail home entertainment distribution for its winners. The Festival takes place in early May in Bentonville, Arkansas and is research based and commercially driven. Read More…

February 12, 2016 There are a lot of instances where a male character could have been replaced by a female one: Geena Davis

Geena Davis is best known for the memorable characters she has portrayed, whether it is the rebellious Thelma in Thelma and Louise (1991), a baseball phenomenon in A League of Their Own (1992), the first female President of the US in TV show Commander in Chief (2005-06), or an assassin working for the US government in The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996). But since setting up the non-profit Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, she has also been recognised as an advocate for representation of girls and women in films and television programming. Read More…

February 12, 2016 #codedwithlove

For teen girls, Valentine’s day is about much more than crushes, candy, and flowers. It has become a day to spread positivity and celebrate ALL love. We want to bring the world a little closer with code. For Google’s latest Made with Code project, we’re asking girls to design a heart #CodedWithLove, and share out a message describing what love means to them. Made with Code will also spotlight role models and mentors to inspire our girls to recognize the ways coding can help them explore solutions for the things they care about most. Read More…

February 09, 2016 Samantha Bee has the solution for Hollywood’s diversity problem: ‘Just hire people’

Samantha Bee brings her satirical late-night show “Full Frontal” to TBS starting Monday night. The comedian, who spoke to The Times for this week’s Sunday Conversation, spent 12 years at “The Daily Show” and was for a time its only female correspondent. In a rarity for the genre, “Full Frontal” has not only a female host but also a writing staff evenly divided between men and women, 25% of whom are people of color. Bee explained the hiring process for her show, discussed her plans to launch a mentorship program and presented a novel solution for Hollywood’s diversity problem. Read More…

February 09, 2016 Hollywood Sexism Continues: Women Had Just One Third of Speaking Roles in 2015 Movies, Study Shows

In 2015, women accounted for one third of all speaking characters in films, only a 3 percent increase from the previous year, a new study found. This year’s “It’s a Man’s (Celluloid) World” examined 2,500 female characters in the top 100 domestic grossing films, and the study revealed only 34 percent of major characters were female, representing a modest increase from 2014. However, they do also represent recent historical highs.The study also revealed that females only comprised 22 percent of protagonists in all the films considered, which represents a 10 percent increase from 2014, an exceptionally bad year for women in film. The figure is six percent higher than it was in 2002. Read More…

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February 08, 2016 Women’s Advocacy Group WeForShe Announces 2016 WriteHer Script List

Women’s advocacy organization WeForShe has selected 16 unproduced female-written television scripts for its 2016 WriteHer List. The scripts were culled from nearly 200 nominations and evaluated based on criteria including diversity of cast, the Bechdel Test, and the number and quality of female roles. Nominated scripts include Sara B. Cooper’s Harmony, Leah Keith’s Douglas Heights and Laura House’s How To Hate Yourself. Previous writers on the WriteHer List include Kerry Ehrin, Sarah Fain and Elizabeth Craft, and Janet Tamaro. Read More…

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February 08, 2016 Catherine Hardwicke Set To Direct USA Series ‘Eyewitness’, Tyler Young To Star

Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight) is set to direct and executive produce the first two episodes of USA Network’s 10-episode straight-to-series drama Eyewitness. Tyler Young has been cast as one of the two young leads in the project, an adaptation of the Norwegian crime thriller Øyevitne. Additionally, Scott Peters (V) has joined as an executive producer and will direct multiple episodes of the Universal Cable Prods. series, from Shades Of Blue creator Adi Hasak, who wrote it and will serve as executive producer/showrunner. The original series’ creator Jarl Emsell Larsen will executive produce. Read More…

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February 08, 2016 Goldie Hawn to Play Amy Schumer’s Mother in Fox’s Family Vacation Comedy

Oscar winner Goldie Hawn is in talks to play Amy Schumer‘s mother in an upcoming comedy from director Jonathan Levine, an individual familiar with the 20th Century Fox project has told TheWrap. The project would mark Hawn’s return to the big screen after more than a decade, her last feature role having been in the 2002 comedy “The Banger Sisters.” Read More…

February 07, 2016 Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ Wins Top Prize at Annie Awards

Joy was the primary emotion felt by Pixar after “Inside Out,” its heart-tugging journey through the mind of an 11-year-old girl, took home the top prize at the 43rd Annie Awards on Saturday night. In all, the film picked up 10 trophies, including prizes for best animated feature, director Pete Docter, writing (Docter, Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley) and voice acting for Phyllis Smith, who played Sadness. Read More…

February 07, 2016 2016 DGA Awards: The Complete Winners List

A visibly emotional Alejandro G. Inarritu accepted the award for outstanding directorial achievement in feature film for his work on The Revenant at the 68th annual Directors Guild Awards, which were held Saturday night at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. Traditionally, the winner of the previous year’s DGA Award does the honors of announcing the new year’s winner, but this year Tom Hooper, who won the award in 2011 for The King’s Speech, was drafted to open the envelope, since Inarritu himself won the award last year for Birdman and this year was nominated again. Read More…

February 07, 2016 Hollywood Game Night Gets Explosive With a “Jane in the Box” Twist

It’s a battle of the sexes on the NBC game show, with Geena Davis (Commander in Chief), Kate Walsh (Private Practice) and Angela Kinsey (The Office) facing off against Ben Feldman (Superstore), Michael Ealy (Almost Human) and Adam Goldberg (Fargo). But the evening really gets explosive during “Jane in the Box,” where host Jane Lynch asks a simple question with a numeric answer. The first team to ring in with the correct response earns two points, and the losing team must crank the “Jane in the Box” as many times as they answer. But the stars must be on high alert as the box could explode—with confetti—at any given time.

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