Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media

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

Due February 10, 2016 Submit a Reel WiT Awards Nomination

Google, the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, and the National Center for Women & Information Technology have partnered together to promote a brand new award titled Reel Women in Technology or the Reel WiT award. We're currently in the process of soliciting nominations and would love for you to get involved! Please put forth your nominations for the best portrayal of a leading lady in tech (e.g. documentary, TV show, film, YouTube, etc.) Fill out this form...

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 04, 2016 Queen Latifah on Hollywood’s Diversity Problem: ‘Take That Emotion & Turn It Into Action’

Diversity took center stage at this past weekend’s Screen Actors Guild Awards with Queen Latifah, Idris Elba, Uzo Aduba and Viola Davis earning statues, but much conversation at the annual award show was about another — the Oscars, which failed to nominate any actors of color, sparking a global conversation about Hollywood’s diversity problem. From the time the stars stepped onto the red carpet to the moment they won their awards, the buzz was all about how to fix the industry’s issue with diversity. Read More…

February 02, 2016 I Once Used Movies to Escape My To-Do List. Now Films Are Part of My Work.

Ask any one of my friends or family members what my favorite thing to do is, and they’ll tell you without hesitation, “Go to the movies.” A night in a darkened theater with a big bag of popcorn is a good night out as far as I’m concerned, and as life seems to get ever busier with each passing year, the movie theater is the one place where I can truly relax and let go of my to-do list that is constantly on my mind. Dramas, comedies, action, romance, it doesn’t matter the genre of film. I just love going to the movies. Read More…

February 02, 2016 Marvel’s Victoria Alonso to Receive Harold Lloyd Award

Marvel Studios’ executive producer and executive vp physical production Victoria Alonso has been tapped to receive the Advanced Imaging Society’s Harold Lloyd Award, which is presented to a filmmaker who in the judgment of the Society has created a body of work, and specific achievements in 3D, that advanced the motion picture art form. She’s the first woman to receive this honor. Read More…

February 02, 2016 Mumbai to host workshop on “Gender Sensitive Reporting” for working journalists

A one-day workshop on Gender Sensitive Reporting for working journalists is going to be organized on 15th February 2016 at the JB Hall of the Films Division, Mumbai. The workshop, being organized by the FICCI Ladies Organisation, in collaboration with Population First, is a run-up to the Global Symposium presented by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and the FLO Film Festival. Read More…

February 01, 2016 ‘Equity’ Producer-Stars Alysia Reiner & Sarah Megan Thomas On Their Femme-Driven Wall Street Film – Sundance Studio

Equity producer-stars Alysia Reiner (Orange is the New Black) and Sarah Megan Thomas could hardly contain themselves as they walked into the DeadlineNow Sundance studio—their film had just been acquired by Sony Pictures Classics. It’s an exciting outcome for any Sundance film, but particularly for one driven predominantly by women in the midst of an ongoing cultural conversation about diversity in Hollywood. Read More…

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January 30, 2016 Archie Panjabi To Star In ABC Drama Pilot ‘The Jury’, Neil Burger To Direct

The Good Wife alumna Archie Panjabi is returning to series television as the star of ABC’s murder trial drama pilot The Jury. Additabclogoionally, The Illusionist and Limitless helmer Neil Burger has been tapped to direct the project, from Sony TV and ABC Studios. Written by VJ Boyd and Mark Bianculli and executive produced by Carol Mendelsohn, The Jury examines “the ultimate social experiment” that happens thousands of times a day in the U.S.: a person’s fate is placed in the hands of 12 strangers. Read More…

January 29, 2016 10 female directors you need to watch in 2016

There’s hope on the horizon for Hollywood’s gender disparity problem. The statistics are still way out of whack: A 2015 study from the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego University showed, for example, that out of the top 700 films released in 2014, only 13% were directed by women. It’s hard to imagine 2015 was much better, and no one’s predicting a big turnaround in the numbers this year. However, that’s all the more reason to highlight the most promising upcoming features directed by women — from crossover directing stars like Angelina Jolie and Jodie Foster to stars in the making like Meera Menon. Read More…

January 29, 2016 Sundance: Jena Malone on ‘Lovesong,’ Women in Hollywood and Leaving ‘The Hunger Games’

Twelve years after “Saved,” Jena Malone returned to the Sundance Film Festival with “Lovesong.” The in-competition drama, which premiered on Monday and is directed by So Yong Kim, tells the story of two college friends (Malone and Riley Keough) who reunite over two specific time periods. Malone talked to Variety about making the film, wrapping her “Hunger Games” character and rumors that she might be joining “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” as Robin. Read More…

January 29, 2016 Catherine Zeta-Jones calls out ageism in Hollywood

Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones has criticised the film industry for its apparent ageism problem, with the star saying that there’s a lack of roles for 40-something women in Hollywood. Zeta-Jones, 46, made the comments while promoting her Dad’s Army film adaptation during a Mumsnet webchat.She said: “It’s not that there aren’t great stories to be told about women in their 40s, its just that the big bosses in Hollywood feel that the demographic of moviegoers are less interested.” Read More…

January 29, 2016 Taking Action to Advance Equal Pay

Seven years ago today, President Obama signed into law his first piece of legislation as President: the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which empowered women to recover wages lost to pay discrimination. While the gender pay gap has narrowed slightly over the past two years, there is much more work to be done to ensure fair pay for all. Today, the median wage of a woman working full-time year-round in the United States is about $39,600—only 79 percent of a man’s median earnings of $50,400. Read More…

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