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January 20, 2016

#OscarsSoWhite, Sony Hack Raise Hopes for More Diverse Hollywood

The all-white slate of actors nominated for Oscars this year is forcing some uncomfortable discussion in Hollywood about racism and diversity. That’s just what this town needs, said a panel of prominent women in the entertainment business. Just as leaked documents from the 2014 hack of Sony Corp. led to an uproar over equal pay for actresses, the controversy over the nominees is shedding light on sexism and racism in movies and TV. Such flare-ups are leading to conversations with studios that are producing results after years of little change in the makeup of casts and crews, said Geena Davis, who won a best supporting actress award for “The Accidental Tourist” in 1989. She now helps run an organization that tracks the rates of women represented on screen. Read More…

January 18, 2016

Global Symposiums on Gender in Media – Mumbai

Our 2016 Global Symposiums on Gender in Media will be held in Mumbai on February 17 and Sao Paulo on March 8. The Mumbai Symposium is co-hosted by FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO), Mumbai Chapter, the women’s wing of FICCI and sponsored by ITVS. The Sao Paulo Symposium will be hosted by Google. The Institute will present new global research which explores the influence of film audiences in the UK, India, Nigeria, France and Brazil funded by the Oak Foundation. Read More…

December 17, 2015

Is Hollywood finally a woman’s world too?

“I remember when ‘Thelma and Louise’ came out, all of the press was predicting that this would start a whole wave of female-centric films,” Davis says. “The next film I did was ‘A League of Their Own,’ which was also a big hit, and the same prediction was made, especially for female sport movies. But neither prediction proved true. [It’s] the same for the many female-driven films over the last 20-plus years since then. No matter how successful female-centric films have been, Hollywood just keeps feeling they’re one-offs, that men won’t like films starring women, and so they should not be made often.” Read More…

December 17, 2015

Women in Entertainment: Geena Davis on the “Tremendous Obstacles to Women’s Progress”

Much of the conversation at THR’s Women in Entertainment breakfast, held Dec. 9 in Los Angeles, centered on the need for female actors to support each other and fight to gain more opportunities in the industry. The topic was near and dear to the heart of Academy Award-winning actress Geena Davis, who — after more than 30 years in the industry — has a deep understanding of the long road women in Hollywood still have to travel before they equal their male counterparts. Read More…

December 17, 2015

How the women of Hollywood called out gender inequality in 2015

All of the women (plus a few men) in this article called Hollywood on its sexism this year, and more and more A-listers join them each week. If 2015 was any indication, Tinseltown had better prepare itself for some major change in the coming year — the women of Hollywood are mad as hell, and they’re not going to take this anymore. Read More and Watch Videos…

December 12, 2015

Bentonville Film Festival Short Film Competition Now Accepting Submissions

This new competition is in partnership with the Bentonville Film Festival, Walmart and ESPNW. It is designed to create an exciting opportunity for new filmmakers to be discovered. Just choose a brand and then you must reserve your spot in the competition. Read More…

December 12, 2015

Geena Davis Salutes Hollywood Pay Dispute Leading Ladies

The actress is standing alongside the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, Sienna Miller, Patricia Arquette and others who have publicly tackled the inequality issue in Tinseltown this year (15), and she’s hoping their comments at award shows, red carpets and on social media will help give women’s rights a huge boost in places of power. “It’s great that my colleagues are speaking out about this and it’s a hot topic and there’s so many articles about it and attention on it,” Davis tells U.S. news show Access Hollywood Live. Read More…

December 12, 2015

Actoutgames Project for Awesome 2015

Today Presley asks you to consider a donation to the Project for Awesome as well as pitching a charity for consideration in the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media who work to ensure that women are properly represented in media to set an example for young girls like Presley. If she can see it, she can be it. Read More…

December 11, 2015

Geena Davis & George Clooney’s Awkward ‘Thelma & Louise’ Encounter

Geena Davis reflects on her iconic role in “Thelma & Louise.” Plus, what does she remember about George Clooney auditioning for Brad Pitt’s role? Watch Video…

December 10, 2015

Geena Davis’ Crusade to Empower Women through Media

Oscar winner Geena Davis shares the focus of “The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media.” Why does Geena want to use media as a catalyst for gender equality? Watch Video…

IF SHE CAN SEE IT, SHE CAN BE IT