News Archive

March 08, 2022

New Factsheets on the LGBTQIA+ Community from TTIE

Hey Hollywood: What we put on screen impacts the way people move through society. It’s time the stories we tell responsibly reflect the world we live in. Check out the new factsheets on the LGBTQIA+ community for tips on accurate representation from TTIE (Think Tank for Inclusion & Equity).

Visit for the LGBTQIA+ Community Factsheets, plus 15 others on African Americans, AAPI, Criminal Justice, Disabled People, Muslims, Veterans, Women & Girls, and more! Additional factsheets are underway and will be announced in the coming months.

Project partners include Storyline Partners, GLAAD, InterACT, Ace LA, HRC, Transgender Film Center, Kimberly Zieselman, Laura A. Jacobs, Kiki Rivera, Alex Love, SRC Partners, WIF, and Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media.

March 04, 2022

Demographic Report: Hispanic Parents & Kids Media

The Geena Davis Institute’s President & CEO, Madeline Di Nonno, wrote this article for Kidscreen, shining a spotlight on new research from Edye and The Geena Davis Institute that reveals what the fastest-growing kids population in the US, and their parents, are looking for in content.

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February 21, 2022

How to Advance DEI Work in Licensing, Marketing, and Packaging

Children need diverse role models who can positively impact their perceptions of themselves, their own empowerment, and the world around them. Engaging businesses to promote positive representation through the marketing, packaging, and advertising of products designed for children is a vital part of achieving equality and inclusion. It also inspires more diverse and equal worlds of play.

Members of the DE&I and global play communities are invited to watch this educational webinar on YouTube, originally scheduled to take place at Toy Fair New York 2022. Panelists include Madeline Di Nonno, President & CEO of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, and Shreyasi Jha, Senior Advisor of Gender Equality at UNICEF. Maura Regan, President of Licensing International, moderated this session, hosted by The Toy Association.

February 07, 2022

M&M’S® Brand Announces Global Commitment to Creating A World Where Everyone Feels They Belong

M&M’S®, part of the Mars, Incorporated portfolio of brands, has announced a global commitment to creating a world where everyone feels they belong, and society is inclusive. The iconic candy brand’s announcement is built on more than 80 years of bringing people together with its bite-sized colorful candies and flavors and is part of the evolved M&M’S brand’s strategy built on purpose, which promises to use the power of fun to include everyone, with a goal of increasing the sense of belonging for 10 million people around the world by 2025.

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January 31, 2022

Geena Davis on the ALL INCLUSIVE Podcast

Hollywood Isn’t Just for the Boys

Listen to the latest episode of ALL INCLUSIVE with Jay Ruderman as Geena Davis, Founder & Chair of the Geena Davis Institute, discusses her groundbreaking career, fighting for gender equality in Hollywood, ageism, mental health, and more.

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ALL INCLUSIVE is a podcast focused on inclusion, innovation, and social justice. Join Jay Ruderman as he interviews leaders and experts on the latest news, technology and advocacy for social justice. In order to make progress that will lead to an innovative future, honest discussions must be held. That is what ALL INCLUSIVE is all about.

January 13, 2022

CreativeX and Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media Empower Brands to Measure and Manage Their Commitment to Diversity Through Advertising

CreativeX, a software company that powers creative decision-making globally for top consumer brands, announced today it has partnered with the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, the only research-based organization working collaboratively within the global entertainment and media industries to create gender balance, foster inclusion and reduce negative stereotyping in family entertainment and media. The partnership provides brands with a global view of how people are shown in different environments across all their advertising and consultancy from the leading experts in representation in media.

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January 12, 2022

Geena Davis on the Allison Interviews Podcast

Geena Davis, Founder & Chair of the Geena Davis Institute, sat down with Allison Kugel for an episode of ALLISON INTERVIEWS to discuss Thelma & Louise, her Oscar win, gender equality, ageism, and more.

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December 07, 2021

Behind the Screens Podcast Talks Representation in Film

Madeline Di Nonno, President and CEO of the Geena Davis Institute joins a podcast episode of Behind the Screens to talk representation, research, data, and measuring the success of the Geena Davis Institute’s impact on representation in film.

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December 06, 2021

Geena Davis Institute Expands Spellcheck for Bias Partnership With NBCU to Analyze Black and AAPI Representation

The digital tool’s yearlong pilot run focused on Latino representation and yielded adjustments in 20 percent of the scripts tested. NBCUniversal and the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media are expanding their Spellcheck for Bias partnership to cover how Black and Asian American Pacific Islander people and characters are hired and also portrayed.

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December 06, 2021

Lego Vows to Remove Gender Bias from Toys Following Geena Davis Institute Survey

The global survey the Geena Davis Institute produced in partnership with LEGO has garnered extensive news coverage around the world. Below are a few highlights:

Washington Post:
LEGO pledges to make toys more gender-neutral and eliminate stereotypes after global survey.

Al Jazeera English:
Our CEO Madeline Di Nonno spoke with Al Jazeera News about our partnership and global survey with LEGO.

The Guardian:
LEGO to remove gender bias from its toys after findings of child survey.

Good Morning America:
LEGO says it’s removing gender bias from its toys after new research.