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September 13, 2019

Academy award winner Geena Davis joins Inclusion summit

Academy Award® winner Geena Davis has joined the ground breaking The Power of Inclusion summit. Davis will speak alongside over 35 international and local history makers from the entertainment industry and beyond, at this pivotal event in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand on 3 and 4 October 2019. The summit will present a two-day programme on pertinent issues in the inclusion and representation space in entertainment. Known for her vast acting roles including the iconic Academy Award® winning film Thelma & Louise, Davis is a longstanding advocate for gender parity in the entertainment and media industry. Read More…

September 13, 2019

Geena Davis on her fight to redress Hollywood’s gender imbalance

She’s best known for her roles in films like “Thelma & Louise” and the recent Netflix series “Glow”. But today, some of her most interesting work is off-camera. For the past 15 years, Geena Davis has been focused on equality for women in cinema, through the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. She tells Encore! about her new film, “This Changes Everything”. Presented at the Deauville American Film Festival, the documentary is about discrimination against women in Hollywood. Watch Now…

September 11, 2019

Mars Wrigley’s Berta De Pablos-Barbier: 4 life lessons we’re often taught too late

As a brand builder, I’ve read and validated hundreds of advertisement scripts and countless copy for our iconic brands including M&M’S, Skittles, Orbit gum and DOVE Chocolate. Each year, our company produces award-winning advertisements seen by billions of consumers around the world. When I joined our U.S. business in 2014, I had the opportunity to meet with Geena Davis at the Bentonville Film Festival. I was inspired by her efforts to change the way women are portrayed in film and advertising and wanted to better understand how gender was portrayed in our advertising. This was the start of a journey that was joined by other passionate women leaders at Mars. Read More…

September 10, 2019

DEAUVILLE 2019 – Hommage à Geena Davis

Retour en images sur l’hommage sur les Planches de Deauville à Geena Davis, Deauville Talent Award de cette 45e édition et productrice du documentaire “Tout peut changer, et si les femmes comptaient à Hollywood ?”, projeté le 10 septembre au C.I.D Deauville. Watch Now…

September 10, 2019

Lack of female directors in Hollywood an ’embarrassment’: Geena Davis

The #MeToo movement has not changed the fortunes of female directors in the United States, “Thelma and Louise” star Geena Davis told the Deauville American Film Festival on Tuesday, calling Hollywood an “embarrassment”. “Things have profoundly not gotten better for female directors. You just have to look at the figures, down every year,” said Davis, who was in the French seaside town to promote a documentary she produced on gender inequality in the film industry. Davis cited figures published by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, which showed women making up only four percent of film-makers working on the top 250 films of 2018. Read More…

August 28, 2019

Hollywood’s labor problem is a gender bias problem

That “dream factory” label they put on Hollywood is a lot more about the “dream” part than the “factory” part. And while Hollywood’s labor concerns look to be a long way and several decimal points from the tasks and the paychecks of millions of Americans, its images and its examples influence every day how women and girls are regarded and treated, in the workplace and in the world. In his new documentary, “This Changes Everything,” filmmaker Tom Donahue works with facts and figures from executive producer Geena Davis’ Institute on Gender in Media to make it clear how profoundly women have been sidelined and marginalized in the work of Hollywood: Men still appear onscreen more, talk more, do more, are hired to direct and produce and create far, far more than women. Figures like Meryl Streep, Taraji P. Henson, Sandra Oh and Natalie Portman tell their stories to illuminate the point of Donahue’s film — what, in the end, really can change everything? Read More…

August 15, 2019

What “GLOW” season 3 reveals about the working woman’s gamble

It’s doubtful that Oscar winner Geena Davis would have signed on to the third season of “GLOW” for anything less than a showstopper role. And her character Sandy Devereaux St. Clair, entertainment director of the Fan-Tan Hotel and Casino, is exactly that. Davis doesn’t have a noticeably huge amount of screen time in these new episodes, mind you, but in Sandy she has created a paragon of grace, classic elegance and quiet power. Her showstopper moment arrives at the apex of an AIDS charity gala in season 3’s ninth episode, “The Libertines,” at the end of an hour topped by Sandy stepping out in in full Bob Mackie-designed showgirl regalia, in her capacity as Las Vegas’ Showgirl of 1962. Read More…

August 12, 2019

Geena Davis on Her New Oscar, Glow, and Changing Hollywood From Behind the Scenes

After winning her first Oscar in 1988 for The Accidental Tourist, Geena Davis was catapulted to stardom with back-to-back roles in hits like Beetlejuice and Thelma & Louise. In the early aughts, she stepped away from acting—mainly, she says, because the roles lacked complexity and the projects weren’t interesting. Davis decided to set her sights on a new challenge: After observing the way women were narrowly stereotyped and hypersexualized onscreen, she launched the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media in 2004 to increase the presence of female representation in film and television. With the institute’s cutting-edge data collection technology that measures how female screen and speaking time is disproportionate to men in film and television, Davis has been quietly revolutionizing the way the entertainment industry approaches gender parity. Read More…

August 09, 2019

Geena Davis Changed Hollywood. Now Give Her More Parts.

When Geena Davis’s daughter was 2, she did what most mothers do: she started to show her children’s movies and TV shows. What she never expected was to be horrified. Watching these movies alongside young Alizeh, she noticed that there were far more male characters than female characters, by an obscene number. It was so obvious, she thought, that surely others have noticed, too. “In the 21st century, it was completely crazy to me that we would be teaching kids to have gender bias from minute one,” she says. “When we should be showing them boys and girls equally because the world is very diverse.” Read More…

August 07, 2019

‘This Changes Everything’: Geena Davis On Empowering Women In Hollywood

A new documentary explores how women in Hollywood are pushing for more representation in front of and behind the camera. Geena Davis and director Maria Giese discuss the dramatic disparities on screen. Geena Davis starred in two movies about female empowerment – “Thelma & Louise” and “A League Of Their Own.” But when she got older and roles started to dry up, she realized how unempowered women were in Hollywood. In 2004, she founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media to get the actual data comparing the number and types of male and female roles and to use that data to convince the industry of the need for change. Listen Now…

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