Reel vs. Real
Diversity in Hollywood:
Influencers on-screen and behind-the scenes
November 11, 2014
Hosted by CBS
Our world is transforming into a diverse global culture. By the end of this decade, according to Census Bureau projections, no single racial or ethnic group will constitute a majority of children under 18. In 2056, there are projected to be more people 65 and over than under 18 for the first time. And, in order to be relevant for next generation audiences as well as future business leaders, our entertainment needs to share stories about a multicultural and inclusive society.
How can we change the media landscape to portray diverse cultures, values and different perspectives on and off-screen in Hollywood? Media images is the quickest way to show our children countless opportunities to grow and fulfill their fullest potential. Our See Jane Salon will covene a panel of content creators and business leaders with diverse backgrounds and experiences to share best practices on how they are affecting real change and expanding our concept of diversity and inclusion beyond acceptance or tolerance. This panel will be moderated by Tiffany Smith-Anoa’i, Vice President, Diversity & Communications, CBS Television. Read More
Breaking the Boundaries
for Women and Girls
August 6, 2014
Hosted by YouTube Space
How is the entertainment creative community creating content to tell compelling stories by leveraging new and emerging media avenues? Consumers are using new technologies and platforms to find unique and rich content. According to the Institute’s research, when there is the presence of a female writer, there will be a 10% increase in on-screen roles. The panelists in this session will present examples of how they are creating strong female characters and great storytelling through video across multiple digital platforms in addition to or instead of traditional TV and Film media. Read More
in a Galaxy Far, Far Away
June 10, 2014
Hosted by Google
How can media encourage girls and women to pursue careers in science? One way is to feature exciting and dynamic portrayals of female scientists in movies and TV shows. Sounds easy enough, but the Institute’s 2012 research on the career occupations of female characters in family films, prime time and children’s television showed that there was a 15:1 ratio of male to female characters in science. Why is this so important? Because by 2018, there will be 1.2 million US job openings in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, with a significant shortage of qualified applicants to fill them. This See Jane Salon will showcase real women pioneers in STEM along with entertainment industry leaders who are creating great female characters in Science. Read More
It Starts with the Script
March 26, 2014
Hosted by CBS
The easiest way to improve the representations of women and girls is to create great characters from the start. Before a film or television show ever hits the screen, it starts as a script! This salon will focus on how you can develop great roles for women and girls in any scenario. Read More
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