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May 13, 2020

Institute Receives Two Gracie Awards

Two projects executive produced by Geena Davis and Institute CEO Madeline Di Nonno were recognized with the Alliance for Women in Media Foundations Gracie Awards. The Gracies recognize individual achievement and exemplary programming created by, for and about women in all facets of media and entertainment. This Changes Everything, airing on Starz won the award for best documentary, is an investigative look and analysis of gender disparity in Hollywood, featuring accounts from well-known actors, executives, and artists in the Industry. Mission Unstoppable (See Preview) received the Gracie Award for best Family Series. Produced by Litton Entertainment in collaboration with Lyda Hill Philanthropies’ IF/THEN® Initiative, the show airs weekly on CBS and features women STEM role models in a fun and innovative way to educate and inspire the next generation of STEM pioneers. Read More…

May 08, 2020

With ‘Four More Shots Please!,’ India Gets Its Own ‘Sex and the City’

When the HBO series “Sex and the City” first arrived on TV screens in 1998, sex had become “the reigning political story,” according to the writer Julie Salamon. The show was a product and a catalyst of a zeitgeist in which financially independent and imperfect women had carved out a space for themselves and their casual, raging sex lives. The show’s producer, director, cinematographer and editor are all women, an extremely rare feat in India. (In 2014, a study by U.N. Women and the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media found that for every woman behind the camera in the Indian film industry, there were 6.2 men.) Read More…

April 29, 2020

Experts make the case for greater diversity and inclusion in marketing

To coincide with the launch of the WFA Marketer’s Approach to Diversity and Inclusion, WFA asked six industry leaders why they think prioritising diversity and inclusion in the marketing industry is so important. Madeline Di Nonno is CEO of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, a non-profit that advocates for the equal representation for women in media. In 2017, the Institute released the results of a seminal piece of research on more than 2,000 ads from the Cannes Lions archive, shining a light on how even some of the industry’s most celebrated work can perpetuate bias. Read More…

April 23, 2020

Women Rocking Wall Street

This guest is one for the ages. We sat down with The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, CEO, Madeline Di Nonno to discuss ways they’re encouraging television and other media to infuse intersectionality, diversity and inclusion in their content. Listen to podcast…

April 17, 2020

Disability Representation In Family Films Hits Historic High

Characters with disabilities are increasingly playing leading roles in the nation’s most popular family films, according to a new analysis. There was a lead character with a disability in 8 percent of the 100 top-grossing family films last year, a historic high. By contrast, this statistic sat at just 1 percent for most of the last decade. The findings come from a report looking at the representation of race, gender, sexuality, age, body size and disability in films released in 2019 that was produced by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media at Mount Saint Mary’s University. Read More…

April 11, 2020

From iCarly to showcasing STEM careers: What Miranda Cosgrove is doing now

For six seasons, Miranda Cosgrove played a precocious teenager whose web show became an internet phenomenon on Nickelodeon’s iCarly. Now, she’s the host of Mission Unstoppable, a CBS Saturday-morning show that showcases female engineers, mathematicians, and astronauts doing all sorts of world-changing stuff. The show is executive produced by Cosgrove and actress Geena Davis, who believes the lively reports on superstars like Diana Trujillo — the head of the Mars Rover program — have already inspired young viewers in the series’ first season. “There’s a direct correlation between what happens on screen and what people do in real life.” Read More…

April 03, 2020

The Accidental Activist: See Geena Davis Change the World

ooking back from where Geena Davis stands now, it’s more than a little ironic that she made her film debut at 26 in the 1982 hit, Tootsie (in her skivvies no less), a film about a struggling actor (Dustin Hoffman) who, unable to find work as a man, poses as a woman and becomes a star. Fast forward to the present and you’ll find the actress, best known for her iconic performances in the female-driven films A League of Their Own and Thelma and Louise, and her Oscar-winning role in The Accidental Tourist, has emerged as a not so accidental activist for gender equality in entertainment targeting children and families. “The film that actually changed my life was Thelma and Louise,” Ms. Davis said. Read More…

March 23, 2020

Geena Davis Explains Why She Took Up Archery — and How She Almost Made the 2000 Olympic Team

Geena Davis has played several adventurous, physically demanding roles over the course of her acting career — baseball catcher, pirate queen, sleeper super-spy among them. But her greatest athletic challenge came in her personal life, when she became an Olympic-caliber archery champion at age 41. It all started as an unlikely notion, Davis, now 63, tells PEOPLE, when she was watching the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and became fascinated with the sport of archery, where American Justin Huish won two gold medals. “They had a lot of coverage of archery because America was winning all the gold medals, And I was like Wow!” Read More…

March 18, 2020

Stay Connected With Us During Social Distancing – A Message from Geena Davis

We hope you are staying safe! We are all grappling with the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19, which is dramatically impacting our ability to connect, communicate and engage. Like all of you, we have also had to buckle down and postpone all of our live event programming and activities including our See Jane Salons, Global Symposiums, Influencer Screenings and presentations until the end of April. This decision was necessary to ensure the safety of our members and community partners, and of course, the Institute team. Read More…

March 06, 2020

Geena Davis’ Bentonville Film Festival Announces Date Change

Out of an abundance of caution and public health concerns regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), and to prioritize the safety of our artists, partners, creators, brands, and team, the Bentonville Film Festival has made the decision to move the festival’s 2020 dates from April 29-May 2 to August 5-8. Read More…

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