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February 08, 2019

Family films have twice as many male as female characters, says new study

In family films, female lead characters do the best at the box office — but male protagonists still outnumber them 2 to 1. That’s one of the key findings in a new study from the Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media, which looks at diversity in the top 100 highest-grossing family films (both animated and nonanimated) released between 2007 and 2017. Yahoo Entertainment got an exclusive first look at the report, which shows a strong disparity between the characters on the big screen and the young people sitting in the audience. Read More…

January 18, 2019

How Geena Davis is Fighting to Close Hollywood’s Gender Gap

Geena Davis sat down with InStyle to talk about her decades spent working to fight gender inequality in Hollywood, the research the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media is doing and the Google software that is helping to advance the Institute’s efforts. Read More…

January 17, 2019

What would Geena Davis say?

It’s a source of pride for Geena Davis, who has been fighting gender inequality and championing diversity in Hollywood, that some producers now ask when they cast actors and crews for their forthcoming projects, “What would Geena Davis say?” Since discovering the gender disparity even in children’s videos when she was watching one with her daughter, then a toddler, Geena has been a passionate advocate against gender imbalance in the workplace, especially in entertainment productions. Read More…

December 18, 2018

Madeline Di Nonno Re-Elected Television Academy Foundation Board Chair As New Officers Set

Madeline Di Nonno, chief executive officer of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, has been re-elected chair of the Television Academy Foundation, the charitable arm of the Television Academy. “The Foundation has made great strides in the last two years,” said Di Nonno. “We’ve expanded and enhanced our renowned educational programs and discovered via research that 90 percent of our alumni surveyed are still working in and shaping the industry. Our revamped website for The Interviews: An Oral History of Television is the largest online archive of its kind and a cultural treasure that attracts thousands of students, journalists and fans everyday. Our innovative public event series, The Power of TV, continues to focus on television’s role in creating positive social change. 2019 marks the Foundation’s 60th anniversary, and we look forward to increasing our base of support and impact on the community.” Read More…

December 13, 2018

Geena Davis Talks Tracking Hollywood’s Diversity Data, Advocating for Women in STEM, and Not Playing Role Models

Geena Davis has spent her career playing complicated, powerful women onscreen–and working behind the scenes to address Hollywood’s endemic diversity problems. In 2004, the Oscar-winning actor founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, a nonprofit research organization that tracks onscreen portrayals of women and girls. Nearly 15 years later, as her industry reckons with #MeToo and Time’s Up, Davis is continuing to advocate for change–and to collect the data that makes a difference. Her latest target: the pitifully low numbers of onscreen women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM. A recent report published by the Geena Davis Institute, funded by the Lyda Hill Foundation, surveyed the past 10 years of popular films and TV shows and found some grim numbers: Almost 63 percent of fictional characters shown working in STEM are men, and more than 71 percent are white. Read More…

December 11, 2018

Movies Starring Women Earn More Than Male-Led Films, Study Finds

“Trolls.” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” “Moana.” “Inside Out.” “Wonder Woman.” All were global box-office hits that had women in leading roles. They were also part of a broader trend. According to findings from the Creative Artists Agency and shift7, a company started by the former United States chief technology officer Megan Smith, the top movies from 2014 to 2017 starring women earned more than male-led films, whether they were made for less than $10 million or for $100 million or more. Read More…

December 05, 2018

Diversity and Gender Equality Top Whistler Film Fest Mission

This year’s Women on Top series is in two parts. Earlier this year, Geena Davis, the founder and chair of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, headlined a packed luncheon. And at the festival, attendees will hear from the institute’s CEO Madeline Di Nonno, who is also attending with the doc she produced, “This Changes Everything,” which premiered at TIFF earlier this year. In recent years, Di Nonno has noticed an increase in film festivals trying to support and advocate for intersectional women. “We’ve just seen this momentum building and building, so it’s wonderful that Whistler decided to take this on to support Canadian filmmakers and actors.” Read More…

September 29, 2018

Geena Davis takes a bow at the Women and Leadership conference

Geena Davis, Academy Award-winning actor and founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, made a pit stop in Boise on Thursday. Davis was one of the keynote speakers at the Andrus Center’s Women and Leadership event held at Boise State University. More than 1,000 attended the sold-out event. The Jordan Ballroom holds 900, but another room was opened up for the spillover — and spellbound — crowd. Davis spoke for about 45 minutes, covering a wide range of topics from the institute she founded to her Hollywood glamour. She became “passionately interested” in promoting gender parity after noting disparity in 2004 when she began watching movies and television shows with her daughter. “All the heroes were the male actors — and the ratio was way off,” she said. Read More…

September 24, 2018

The Documentary ‘This Changes Everything’ Explains Why Gender Equality STILL Hasn’t Happened In Hollywood

We hear it every time a movie that’s not predominantly about white men makes a lot of money at the box office: this is going to change everything. But while films like Thelma & Louise, Black Panther, and Hidden Figures have come and gone over the years, the output of Hollywood has yet to significantly shift. So the title of Tom Donahue’s and production studio CreativeChaos vmg’s documentary This Changes Everything isn’t a self-referential pat on the back — it’s an ironic reference to the film industry’s ongoing lack of parity. The director partnered with The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media to make the film, which paints an impressively full picture of how Hollywood’s gender imbalance is sustained and also how it reverberates throughout the culture. Davis herself serves as an Executive Producer, and during a dinner celebrating the movie hosted by producing partner Lyft during the Toronto International Film Festival, the actor and activist was realistic about the current state of things. Read More…

September 19, 2018

Why Geena Davis Thinks She’ll Have Succeeded As a Mother If None of Her Children Become Actors

Sure, she’s been out of the Hollywood spotlight for the past few years, but that doesn’t mean that Geena Davis — one of the most prolific actors of her generation — has been taking it easy. Following starring roles in classics like Thelma & Louise and A League of Their Own, through which she established herself as a feminist icon, the actress has taken a turn behind the camera. Davis is an executive producer for the recently released documentary This Changes Everything, which highlights the lack of female and minority representation in Hollywood. The film’s title, meant to bear a dose of irony, speaks to the media commentary surrounding every hopeful gain for women in the industry. Read More…

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