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

July 10, 2016

Special preview screening of the full first episode of The Exorcist

See a special preview screening of the full first episode with stars Alfonso Herrera(Sense8, The Chosen), Ben Daniels (Flesh and Bone, House of Cards), and Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Geena Davis (Commander in Chief, Beetlejuice, The Fly) and writer/producer Jeremy Slater (Fantastic Four). Widely regarded as the greatest horror movie ever made, Academy Award-nominated The Exorcist terrified audiences around the world. Now, more than four decades later, The Exorcist returns as a contemporary psychological TV thriller on FOX this fall, following the story of two very different priests tackling one family’s case of terrifying demonic possession. Read More…

June 28, 2016

How Geena Davis Is Increasing Jobs For Women In Hollywood

Geena Davis is back on television in FOX’s new series The Exorcist. Davis has been active in fighting for more opportunities for women in Hollywood, both in the stories they tell and the people who make them. She created The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media to promote more female characters in film and television, and more women working behind the scenes. In 2013, Davis wrote an editorial in The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Power 100 issue suggesting that screenwriters change several characters in their scripts to women, and specify that crowd scenes are made up of 50% women. Not a bad suggestion, at all. Read More…

June 25, 2016

Geena Davis to Star in Indie Comedy ‘Don’t Talk to Irene’

Thelma and Louise star Geena Davis has boarded the indie comedy Don’t Talk to Irene. The Oscar winner will co-star in Pat Mills’ sophomore feature comedy from Edyson Entertainment, along with newcomer Michelle McLeod, Scott Thompson, Bruce Gray and Anastasia Philips (Skins). Read More…

June 20, 2016

How 17 Equals 49.6: The Amazing Multiplying Women

“Why do academics think there are so many women in academia? The faculty dining room used to have no women in it. If there are now four, it looks like an onslaught,” Valian writes in an email. According to Valian, it’s the natural result of longstanding exclusion. The phenomenon is hard at work in the movies. In 2013, the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media looked at 120 top-grossing films released between 2010 and 2013, and it found some problems with gender-ratio realism. Females made up about 23 percent of the average “workforce,” and about 30 percent of all speaking or named characters. Read More…

June 16, 2016

The Art of Leadership for Women

The Art of Leadership for Women, Canada’s #1 Women’s Leadership Conference, came to Calgary on April 4th featuring five internationally renowned bestselling authors and thought leaders, including Geena Davis. More than 1,000 professionals attended to gain new insights and inspiration. See visual summary of Geena…

June 15, 2016

CinemAbility Exclusive Screening for Institute For Our Members


a Film Directed by JENNI GOLD

Exclusive Screening for our Members
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
7 pm

ArcLight Cinemas
6360 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Geena Davis, Ben Affleck, Jamie Foxx, Marlee Matlin
and Many More…

Opening Remarks by Gretchen McCourt, EVP, Arclight Cinemas and Madeline Di Nonno, Chief Executive Officer, Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media Screening.

Followed by Q&A with Moderator: Deborah Calla, Writer/Producer and Chair,
Producers Guild of America Women’s Impact Network

Panel of Oscar, Emmy, and Golden Globe winners:

Deborah Calla

Writer/Producer and Chair, Producers Guild of America, Women’s Impact Network

Gabrielle Carteris

Actor, President of SAG/AFTRA

Geena Davis

Founder and Chair,
Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media

Jenni Gold

Director, Writer, Producer

Jane Seymour


Scott Silveri

Friends, Grinder, and the new show Speechless

Danny Woodburn


June 15, 2016

Geena Davis on Hollywood Gender Disparity: We Can Fix It ‘Overnight’

“When the needle moves on on-screen representation for the first time in seven decades that will be historic,” she said. “It’s the one area of great gender disparity that can be fixed instantly. We can absolutely fix it overnight, the next TV show, the next movie can be gender balanced.” Read More…

June 13, 2016

Why Hollywood Doesn’t Tell More Stories for—and About—Girls

Girls tend to be slotted into a narrower range of character types (princesses chief among them), making it that much more valuable when films present alternatives young female viewers can relate to. The problem is even worse for young girls of color, who historically haven’t seen many images of themselves on screen, animated or otherwise (though films like the upcoming Moana seem to offer some hope that might change for the better). Read More…

June 09, 2016

Geena Davis to Produce Documentary on Gender Disparity in Hollywood … With a Male Director?

I heard about this documentary mostly through the female filmmakers in my social media feeds, all of them angry that this film that is specifically about the problem of women not being offered enough opportunities in the entertainment industry had a male director, and that Geena Davis of all people would “allow” this to happen. I totally got sucked into the anger and outrage vortex for a second. Then, I needed to know more, so I went to the source, and what I discovered was that like most things, it wasn’t as cut-and-dried as all that. Thank you @TheMarySue for your support and getting the story right. Read More…

June 08, 2016

Geena Davis Producing Documentary on Hollywood’s Gender Inequality

Geena Davis and CreativeChaos vmg are launching a partnership to produce an untitled feature documentary on gender disparity in Hollywood. “I’ve been encouraged by my peers speaking out on gender disparity in recent years, but we still are not seeing the actual number change,” Davis told Variety. “There’s been no real improvement in the number of female roles since 1946 and there’s still a dearth of female directors.” Read More…