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New York Times How Long Is an Actress Onscreen? A New Tool Finds the Answer Faster.

The effort to catalog the inequity in onscreen roles for women and minorities has a new weapon. The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, at Mount St. Mary’s University, with financial backing from, the company’s philanthropic division, will announce on Wednesday a tool that employs video- and audio-recognition technology, along with algorithms, to identify gender, speaking time and additional details about characters presented in films, television shows and other media. The software, called the Geena Davis Inclusion Quotient (or GD-IQ), will speed up and automate the painstaking data-collection process that researchers use to study representation, a key initiative in recent years as the entertainment industry has begun to focus on equity onscreen. Read More...

New Research Geena Davis Inclusion Quotient (GD-IQ) First Report Finds Inclusion of Females Doesn’t Translate to Equitable Screen Time

The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media announced research findings from the first study using the revolutionary GD-IQ, which analyzed gender, screen and speaking time from the top 200 grossing (non-animated) films of 2014 and 2015 as listed by Variety. The GD-IQ reveals that even when female characters are included, male characters receive significantly more screen time and more speaking time. Read More...

October 18, 2016 Meet The Rising Media Star Shattering Stereotypes About Muslim Women

Amani Al-Khatahtbeh kicks off some of her speeches with a request to her audience: take out your phone and search “Muslim women” on Google Images. The experiment yields myriad images of faceless figures covered head to toe in black veils. Only the women’s eyes are visible — if they’re shown at all. Al-Khatahtbeh, who wears a hijab, says the pictures boggle folks in the crowd. Read More…

October 12, 2016 Hollywood’s 50 Most Powerful Showrunners 2016

V’s scripted surge, which puts the number of original U.S. series well over 400 by 2016’s end, finally has created another, quieter phenomenon: L.A. may have more showrunners than taco trucks. Among the showrunner teams, there are 22 very talented women writing and producing comedies and dramas to the small screen. Read More…

October 11, 2016 New York City launches $5-million fund for women in film and theater, a first in the U.S.

New York City has created a $5-million fund for women working in the fields of film and theater, becoming the first municipality in the U.S. to finance such an initiative. The fund, announced Thursday by the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, will provide grants to support film and theater projects by and about women. New York also will hold workshops and a film-financing conference designed to connect women with money for their projects; conduct a screenwriting competition that culminates in a series to air on New York’s Channel 25; broadcast an additional block of programming on Channel 25 devoted to women; and fund research about gender in the field of film directing. Read More…

October 11, 2016 Wonder Woman at 75: How the Superhero Icon Inspired a Generation of Feminists

The new film marks a seminal moment for a character who first hit the comic book landscape at the dawn of World War II, a time when society mandated that a woman’s place was in the home. The re-emergence of Wonder Woman, who is celebrating her 75th anniversary this year, comes at a pivotal juncture, as Hollywood is consumed by a fierce debate over the lack of opportunities for women in top executive suites as well as in front of and behind the camera. Though men continue to outrank women on studio lots and are much more frequently employed on high-profile films, things are beginning to change. Read More…

October 11, 2016 Why Media Representation Matters for Women in Banking

“If she can see it, she can be it.” Geena Davis announces a new effort to encourage women and girls to enter financial services while speaking at the Most Powerful Women in Banking gala in New York. Her institute on Gender in Media will conduct research in partnership with American Banker and sponsored by Zions Bank. Watch Video…

October 10, 2016 ‘I Never Set Out To Be An Actor,’ Says ‘Transparent’ Star Gaby Hoffmann

Actress Gaby Hoffmann is at home with non-traditional families — as a child in the 1980s, she lived in Manhattan’s Chelsea Hotel with her mother, an actress in Andy Warhol’s Factory. “I grew up with artists and drag queens,” Hoffmann tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross. “These were just my neighbors and friends and the people who are raising me.” After getting into acting as a child, Hoffmann took a break to go to Bard College. She didn’t think think she would act again, but after exploring other careers, she changed her mind. She appeared on the FX show Louie and as Adam Sackler’s troubled sister on HBO’s Girls. Read More…

October 10, 2016 L.A. Film Critics Association: Shirley MacLaine to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Shirley MacLaine, the legendary film actress whose career spans the late 1950s through the present day, has been chosen by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association as its next career achievement award recipient. The 82-year-old is best known for her performances in 1958’s Some Came Running, 1960’s The Apartment, 1961’s The Children’s Hour, 1963’s Irma La Douce, 1977’s The Turning Point, 1979’s Being There, 1983’s Terms of Endearment (for which she was awarded the best actress Oscar), 1989’s Steel Magnolias and 1990’s Postcards From the Edge. Read More…

October 08, 2016 Selfies, Short Films, The Geena Davis Institute And The Media’s Effect On Self Esteem For Girls: Dr Barbara Becker Holstein, Psychologist, Filmmaker, Brings It All Together

“Geena Davis’s work is vitally important on many levels,” Dr. Holstein stated. “It isn’t enough to present programming to youngsters that is ‘safe’ and perhaps educational. Not if there are fewer characters who are female than male and not if the female characters have less important information to share or are stereotyped.” Read More…

October 07, 2016 Geena Davis: Women Face ‘Unconscious Bias’ in Banking, Media

What can bankers in formal wear learn from an actress who made her name in Hollywood playing a free-spirited, Thunderbird-driving outlaw? Quite a bit, it turns out. Speaking Thursday at American Banker’s annual Most Powerful Women in Banking dinner, Geena Davis — star of the 1991 film “Thelma & Louise” — said that the way women in banking are portrayed on film affects their career trajectory. It’s an issue of “unconscious bias.” Read More…

October 05, 2016 Mark Cuban Has a Plan to Make Silicon Valley Better for Women

Mark Cuban, who makes many of his investments in the most public way possible, in front of millions of viewers on ABC’s Shark Tank, is, despite his very bro-y appearance and ownership of an NBA team, a very successful exception to this trend. He recently told the Observer that more than half of the deals he closed in the last few seasons of the show have been with women entrepreneurs. Just two weeks ago on the season eight premiere, he invested in Trisha Prabhu, a 16-year-old Google Science Fair finalist who teaches coding classes for girls and has given three TED Talks. Read More…

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