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Here's the latest on the Institute and Geena Davis.

August 19, 2020

New Script-Submission Software Aims to Manage Slush Pile

Check out what are partners at ScriptHop our doing! They’re changing the game! “Before a studio exec reading your film or TV script will ring your agent to demand a meeting, it has to be judged a hidden gem and not tossed back onto the slush pile, or what Hollywood unkindly calls a stack of unsolicited screenplays.
So the creators of ScriptHop, a software platform for managing libraries of screenplays, are about to roll out The Packet, a interactive online tool for script-submissions they believe will change the way scripts travel in Hollywood — while also streamlining the job of a reader so they can focus on critiquing a screenplay.” Read More…

August 13, 2020

Men Are Broken. Geena Davis Is Trying to Fix Them.

You may not see Geena Davis on screen as much these days, a slight born of Hollywood’s ageism, but her impact on the film and TV industry has never been stronger. Since 2004, the star of films like Beetlejuice, Thelma & Louise, and A League of Their Own has operated the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media—a data-driven research organization that works with the entertainment world to improve female representation. And earlier this year, a study released by USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative found that 43 of the top 100 movies released in 2019 had female leads or co-leads, compared to just 20 of the top 100 in 2007. Read More…

August 12, 2020

Sony Pictures TV’s Gemstone Studios Launches Inaugural Rising Storytellers Search For Female-Led Narratives

The inclusive Bentonville Film Festival (BFF) was the perfect stage to launch Gemstone Studios’ inaugural Rising Storytellers Search, a competition seeking underrepresented female-led narratives. The competition was unveiled today during the fest which continues through August 16. Gemstone, a boutique production unit of Sony Pictures Television, is teaming with Ideas United and Geena Davis’ BFF for Rising Storytellers. The competition invites aspiring storytellers to submit pitch videos of up to six minutes in length to compete for the chance to win a development deal with Gemstone Studios. The winner will also receive other prizes from Sony Electronics’ Imaging Division and other goodies. Read More…

August 11, 2020

The Scully Effect

Our CEO Madeline Di Nonno joined ABC Radio National in Australia to chat about the #ScullyEffect, our research on it and, Gillian Anderson’s inspirational characters impact on #WomeninSTEM. “Almost three decades after The X-Files first aired in 1993, the sci-fi series remains an enduring cult classic. But for women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), the show was about more than just monsters. Actor Gillian Anderson, as FBI Agent Dana Scully, initiated a real-life phenomenon known as ‘The Scully Effect’. Her character’s role as an FBI Agent and a doctor inspired many women to pursue careers in STEM fields.” Read More…

August 10, 2020

Geena Davis: ‘As soon as I hit 40, I fell off the cliff. I really did’

The Thelma & Louise and A League of Their Own star wanted to be an actor from the age of three. She discusses sexual harassment, improving representation, and why she’s so glad she had kids in her 40s. Read More…

August 06, 2020

Geena Davis Explains How to Have a Film Festival These Days

It was fairly early on in the coronavirus crisis when Geena Davis and Wendy Guerrero realized their Bentonville Film Festival could not go on as planned. The annual event in Bentonville, Arkansas, normally scheduled for late April or early May, was put on hold, along with virtually everything else in the world. But unlike Cannes and SXSW and Comic-Con, Bentonville 2020 is ultimately happening after all. Kicking off on August 10, this year’s Bentonville Film Festival will be held primarily via Zoom, with a few drive-in events still taking place in Bentonville. With its focus on underrepresented voices, and this year’s film slate more than 80% directed by women and 65% directed by BIPOC, the Bentonville Film Festival might look different this year, but it feels more important than ever. Read More…

August 04, 2020

Licensing International Holds Diversity and Inclusion Workshop

Madeline Di Nonno, chief executive officer, Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media at Mount Saint Mary’s University, kicked off the event with a presentation of the findings of their recent benchmarking study of diversity in the licensing industry, commissioned by Licensing International. Among other findings, the research shows that while 30 percent of companies surveyed currently have a diversity and inclusivity program in place, only 10 percent have budgeted financial support to those programs. “If you don’t measure, you don’t have any substantive understanding of where things stand or a benchmark by which to gauge success,” says Maura Regan, president, Licensing International. “This research is the crucial first step in creating real, lasting change in our companies and the global licensing community as a whole.” Read More…

July 31, 2020

As her film fest goes virtual, Geena Davis fights on for Hollywood diversity and inclusion

When Geena Davis isn’t acting, her side projects in the pursuit of diversity and inclusion keep the Oscar winner busy. Through the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, the nonprofit research and advocacy group she formed in 2004, she brings stats about representation to studio boardrooms year after year. Complementing that work is the Bentonville Film Festival, held annually in Bentonville, Ark., which she cofounded, and which has persevered to open its sixth iteration on Aug. 10 in a largely virtual edition due to the pandemic. Luckily, Davis has always been an optimist. As the festival’s mission to foster inclusivity across media continues to expand, she’s hopeful that going online this year will bring new audiences in to see what they’ve been doing in Bentonville, pop. 54,909. “We realized that this is an exciting opportunity to see how it will go over because now anybody in the world can watch these movies,” Davis said over Zoom from her home in Southern California. Read More…

May 27, 2020

College Television Awards Sets Virtual Ceremony

The College Television Awards, the annual event that honors excellence in student-produced programs in the U.S., will take place via a virtual ceremony on Saturday, May 30. The 40th edition of the ceremony caps a week in which the 98 nominees have been engaged in development with professional mentors in Los Angeles. The livestream will launch at 5 PM PT at “A College Television Award nomination is one of the highest honors aspiring students can receive because they are selected by members of the Television Academy,” said Madeline Di Nonno, chair of the Television Academy Foundation. “While these exceptional students aren’t able to come together this year in person, we wanted to ensure that this celebration would be equally special and memorable. By livestreaming the awards to a global audience, the foundation is able to provide greater exposure for our nominees than ever before. We’re very proud to have international student nominees from Israel, South Korea and Venezuela, among other countries; and now their families around the world can join in the celebration.” Read More…

May 18, 2020

Q&A with Geena Davis on A League of their Own

Cameron Bailey and Academy Award-winning actor and activist Geena Davis to discuss the sports-comedy classic, A League of their Own. Watch Video…