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Gender in Media News

February 23, 2017 2017 Hollywood Diversity Report

The Ralph Bunche Center at UCLA released its fourth annual Hollywood Diversity Report examining diversity and the bottom line in the entertainment industry. Read More…

February 22, 2017 #OscarsSoMale? Hollywood is biased against female directors, some charge

In light of a lack of female nominees for the upcoming Oscars, NBC News investigative correspondent Ronan Farrow looks into accusations of sexism in Hollywood. The government agency overseeing workplace discrimination is investigating charges that studio discriminate against female directors. Read More…

February 22, 2017 Paul Feig, Nina Jacobson and 50 More Hollywood Execs Form Campaign to End Gender Inequality

Every year, USC and Geena Davis’ Institute on Gender in Media (among others) release the findings of their studies on gender and minority representation in front of and behind the cameras in Hollywood — the results are inevitably bleak, showing little to no actual improvement. There are small changes (2016 had more women in protagonist film roles than ever), but the negative statistics (last year also had fewer speaking roles for women) often outweigh the good, and Hollywood’s gender imbalance is as prevalent as it ever was. How can we effect actual, meaningful change? Read More…

February 21, 2017 Beloved Actress Geena Davis Visits Walt Disney World Resort

Actress, producer, and writer Geena Davis, takes her family on a surprise winter vacation to Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. Geena, the mother of two tween boys, spent a majority of her time on the big thrill ride attractions including Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Magic Kingdom Park. A big change of pace from the Disney classics like “it’s a small world” when they were little. Geena was able to sneak in a little one-on-one time with Minnie Mouse, though! Read More…

February 16, 2017 Hollywood star to shine at high tea

Put on a headscarf over your hair and hold her hand tight, as women from the Northern Rivers drive to see Thelma and Louise star Geena Davis at a Regional High Tea. Davis, 61, will be appearing in a live stream from Sydney Opera House All About Women Festival. One of Hollywood’s most respected actors, Geena Davis is recognised for her advocacy of gender equality in media, nearly as much as for her acting accomplishments. She is an official partner of UN Women, working toward their goal of promoting gender equality and empowering women worldwide. Davis is also the Chair of the California Commission on the Status of Women. Read More…

February 15, 2017 Constance Wu to Star in ‘Crazy Rich Asians’

Fresh Off the Boat star Constance Wu is in talks for the lead in Warner Bros.’ Crazy Rich Asians. Wu has become a breakout star due to her performance as lead character Jessica Huang on the ABC series Fresh Off the Boat, which is in its third season. She has received multiple best actress in a comedy series nominations from the Broadcast Critics Association and Television Critics Association for her work. The actress also has a recurring role on Hulu’s Dimension 404. Her upcoming film credits include the indie The Feels. Wu is repped by UTA, Principal Entertainment LA, Gotham Group and Hansen, Jacobson. Read More…

February 14, 2017 Disney’s Live-Action ‘Mulan’ Finds Director

Niki Caro, who broke through with the 2002 Maori family drama Whale Rider, will direct Disney’s live-action Mulan, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. In an industry where female-helmed tentpoles are still rare, Caro will be the second woman at the studio to direct a movie budgeted at over $100 million. (Ava DuVernay is the first, with A Wrinkle in Time.) Caro’s most recent film, Focus’ upcoming The Zookeeper’s Wife, has been praised for its gender-inclusive set by its star, Jessica Chastain. Disney previously worked with Caro, a New Zealand native, on the 2015 cross-country drama McFarland, USA, for which she lived in central California for nearly a year to immerse herself in the Mexican-American community there. Read More…

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