Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media

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

COMING UP: December 6, 2016 Join Geena Davis as We Honor Google at our Annual Holiday Party

An Evening with Geena Davis is our annual fundraiser that will be held on Tuessday, December 6, 2016 at the William Turner Gallery (2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica, CA). This event is attended by 200 thought leaders in the entertainment industry. Since its beginning, five years ago, this event has raised almost $130,000 to support the research, education and advocacy programs that are creating a world where girls grow up surrounded by positive reminders of their equality and worth. Read More...

December 02, 2016 Women Lament The Lack Of Role Models On Screen

Many women around the world wished they had seen more role models on film and television when they were growing up, according to a ground-breaking study in nine countries including the U.S., the U.K., China and India. “The study shows media can be a very powerful influencer on our social and cultural beliefs and our behavior,” Madeline Di Nonno, CEO of the Geena Davis Institute, told me. “The findings have been similar across most of the countries. Media is the one business category that can inspire and change the world quickly. It could take decades for women to achieve gender parity on boards or in Congress, government and law. But in the fictional world it could happen overnight. Our point of view is let life imitate art.” Read More…

December 02, 2016 2017 Sundance Film Festival: Competition and Next Lineup Announced

Congratulations to Dina, Icarus, Step, Trophy and Unrest for being selected for the U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival! Robert Redford, President and Founder of Sundance Institute, said, “From the passion and chaos of creativity, independent filmmakers make decisions to harness that energy, break new ground and tell their stories. This year’s Festival reflects every step of that journey, and shows how art can engage, provoke and connect people all over the world.” Read More…

December 01, 2016 Julie Delpy Writes, Directs, Stars In Emotional Parenting Drama ‘My Zoe’ With Gemma Arterton & Daniel Brühl

Julie Delpy is set to star alongside Gemma Arterton and Daniel Brühl in My Zoe, an emotional and provocative drama directed by Delpy from her own script. “I started thinking and taking notes about this film over 20 years ago,” said Delpy. “It first came to my mind discussing with [director Krzysztof] Kieslowski about parenting, love and fate. The film is about the unconditional love you feel as a parent. It was a very profound process to write it. I gave it all the truth I had and I hope it resonates with others.” Read More…

December 01, 2016 Regina King to Star in Netflix Crime Drama ‘Seven Seconds’

The Emmy winner has signed on to star in the streaming giant’s forthcoming racial crime drama Seven Seconds. This is the latest small-screen role for the veteran actress, who also is set for the upcoming third seasons of The Leftovers and American Crime. King has won back-to-back Emmys for her work on the first and second seasons of the John Ridley anthology series American Crime in 2015 and 2016. In recent years, she also has built a career behind the camera, directing episodes of Scandal, Being Mary Jane and Greenleaf, among others. Read More…

December 01, 2016 Megha Davalath Talks About Animating DreamWorks’ ‘Trolls’

“Working on Trolls was such an eye-opening experience in every way professionally and personally,” Davalath said. “I worked on this movie for about 2.5 years and got to be an integral part of the hair development (which was a key element in the movie). It was a rewarding and challenging adventure that has given me a deep mastery of the proprietary pipeline and tremendous growth as an artist. I definitely enjoy working with the various departments trying to achieve the creative vision of the film in relation to hair. Read More…

November 30, 2016 made in ny: series competition

The Made In NY: Series Competition is an exciting opportunity to submit teleplays by, for or about women. Two winners each will receive a $15,000 cash grant and have their scripts developed into pilots by Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema students. The pilots will air on NYC Media, the official broadcast network of the City of New York, with the possibility of going to series. Read More…

November 30, 2016 Women in Toys to honor Geena Davis, Jill Barad

Actor and activist Geena Davis (pictured) and former Mattel CEO Jill Barad will be honored at the Women in Toys, Licensing & Entertainment gala in February, where Davis will be receiving the Changemaker Award and Barad will take home the Lifetime Achievement Award. Read More…

November 29, 2016 Jodie Foster to Star in Thriller ‘Hotel Artemis’

Jodie Foster has signed on to star in Drew Pearce’s directorial debut, Hotel Artemis. Hotel Artemis is based on an original script by Pearce, who wrote Iron Man 3 and Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. Foster will play a character called “The Nurse” in the near-future thriller that is set in its own distinctive crime universe. Read More…

November 23, 2016 Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy Committed To Finding Female Star Wars Director

Hollywood has a clear and well-acknowledged representation problem. The statistics don’t lie, and there are far fewer minority and female lead characters and folks behind the camera directing them than there are straight, white males. That in no way takes anything from the talent of those men, many of whom have told riveting, accurate, and award-winning stories featuring both the under and well-represented, but the facts remain. In the case of women, less than 12% of box office blockbusters are directed by them. It’s become a priority, then, to rectify this, as fans have become more vocal and producers have, to quote Lor San Tekka, found ways “to begin to make things right.” Read More…

November 20, 2016 ‘Speechless’ Big Winner as Media Access Awards Salute People With Disabilities

People with disabilities — aka the world’s invisible minority — were saluted Friday at the annual Media Access Awards, with producer John Murray reminding that their presence onscreen is not just appropriate, “it’s also good business.” Murray (“The Real World,” “Keeping Up With the Kardashians”) was given the PGA George Sunga Award, one of seven prizes handed out at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills. Murray said that people with disabilities, or PWD, “have been placed on the margins and sidelines of TV.” He pointed out that his A&E reality-show “Born This Way,” about seven individuals with Down syndrome, increased viewership more than 80% during its first season, so depiction “is not only the right thing to do, it’s also good business.” Read More…

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