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March 02, 2016

YouTube Funds Women Video Creators, Teams With U.N. and Geena Davis

YouTube, touting itself as a platform that empowers women across the globe, has launched a new initiative to fund and promote content from female creators. The Google-owned video giant program has financed more than 50 videos spotlighting women’s perspectives, shot at YouTube Spaces studios around the world. YouTube also struck a yearlong partnership with the United Nations, which has enlisted seven top YouTube female creators as “change ambassadors” to create videos promoting tolerance and gender equality. In addition, YouTube has partnered with the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, the thesp’s nonprofit org whose mission is to improve gender depictions on-screen and create opportunities for women behind the camera. The group provided consulting to creators as part of YouTube Spaces program. Read More… or Watch Video…

March 02, 2016

Geena Davis speaks about diversity

Following the controversy surrounding the lack of diversity in the nominations at this year’s Academy Awards, the 60-year-old actress has called out the film industry in America for not creating worthwhile roles for non-white actresses. In an interview with The Guardian newspaper, she said: “There are so few opportunities for women of colour that they barely register in the research (into the numbers of women in film and TV). We are doing a bad job with women and a horrible job with women of colour. There are female actors nominated for the Oscars because we divide by gender – if it were one category for best performance, we would have a really hard time. But the Oscars are emblematic of a deep-seated problem – really, it’s about the product being put out by Hollywood.” Read More…

March 02, 2016

Beetlejuice To Marry Lydia Deetz In Immersive Ceremony

A recent engagement notice caught our eyes and Den of Geek wrangled an invite to what may well prove to be the wedding of the millennium, or at least a fun way to spend a weekend: BBQ Films have announced the engagement of the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Deetz, Lydia, to Beetlejuice, a long departe, but still upstanding pillar of society with references to prove it. A March wedding is planned for the 20th in Bushwick, Brooklyn. This event also benefits the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. Read More…

March 02, 2016

Bentonville Film Festival to use mobile theaters

The Bentonville Film Festival is coming back in two months, and it’s bringing three cinetransformers with it. A cinetransformer is a self-contained portable theater that seats about 100 people. Officials are estimating there will be 1,500 festival attendees each day, with a peak in attendance Saturday. It’s also expected there will be 650 employees and volunteers for the event. The Bentonville Film Festival was founded by Trevor Drinkwater and the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. It’s the only research-based organization working within the media and entertainment industry using education to improve gender balance in entertainment, according to its website. Read More…

February 29, 2016

Reel Women in Technology – Reel WiT award – Deadline Extended

You’re in luck. The deadline has been extended to March 10, 2016 for the first-ever Reel Women in Technology (Reel WiT) Award, presented by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, and Google. Choose a leading woman from the following programs: Miles from Tomorrowland (TV show): Loretta, She Started It (Documentary): Various/Cast, Silicon Valley (TV show): Carla, Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Film): Rey, or CodeGirl (Documentary): Various/Cast. Read More…

February 29, 2016

Geena Davis: ‘The more TV a girl watches, the fewer options she thinks she has in life’

It has been 25 years since Geena Davis held hands with Susan Sarandon and hurtled over a cliff in Thelma & Louise. The film – a trailblazing feminist road movie and box-office smash to boot – was hailed a turning point for women in film. And for Davis, at least, it was; for the past quarter of a century she has been trying to convince others of the lessons the film taught her: that society is losing out because there are too few women on our screens. “This is my passion. It’s what I do all day,” she laughs. And she’s not exaggerating – almost a decade ago she created the Geena Davis Institute for Gender in Media to address the gender imbalance in TV programmes and films aimed at children, while she regularly tries to convince studio heads to include more female roles. Read More…

February 28, 2016

Lack of gender diversity in the Oscars could have far reaching consequences for women globally

Discussions surrounding this year’s Oscars have been dominated by the fact that the nominees are predominantly white males and the lack of female role models could have long term effects on society and the progress of women, according to new research. Global research from the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and J. Walter Thompson Company looked at how female role models impact the lives of women around the world. The survey of 4,300 women reported that 90 per cent of women globally feel that female role models in film or TV are important. Six in ten (61 per cent) of the respondents said female role models in film and TV have been influential in their lives and 58 per cent said that women have been inspired to be more ambitious or assertive. Read More…

February 26, 2016

Report: Women Believe Female Role Models In Film, TV Influential In Their Lives

Commenting on the findings Davis stated: “The fact is — women are seriously under-represented across nearly all sectors of society around the globe, not just on-screen, but for the most part we’re simply not aware of the extent. And media images exert a powerful influence in creating and perpetuating our unconscious biases. However, media images can also have a very positive impact on our perceptions. In the time it takes to make a movie, we can change what the future looks like. There are woefully few women CEOs in the world, but there can be lots of them onscreen. How do we encourage a lot more girls to aspire to lead? By casting droves of women in [science, technology engineering and mathematics], politics, law and other professions today in movies.” Read More…

February 26, 2016

JWT & Geena Davis Show Vital Importance of Female Role Models on Screen

As the Oscars and Hollywood continue to draw criticism for the lack of equal representation of gender and diversity, ground-breaking global research by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and J. Walter Thompson Company shows that female role models in film and TV are hugely influential in driving women to improve their lives. Read More…

February 24, 2016

The Art of Leadership for Women Vancouver 2016 speaker list

ive world-renowned women, from Academy Award-winning actress Geena Davis to legendary athletes, arrive in Vancouver Friday, April 1 for The Art of Leadership for Women. Sharing their experiences, their successes, and their wisdom, these influential speakers will help provide today’s women with the tools they need to make their dreams come true in life, and in business. Read More…

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