What’s Happening at the Institute

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February 20, 2024

Channeling Black Audiences: Nielsen Study Shows Inclusivity Equals Profitability

An increasingly diverse Black America wants more nuance in media representation A memorable line from an old activist anthem warned that “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.” But as it turns out, there’s a major culture shift happening on the other side of the screen. Black audiences spend about 12 hours more time with media […]

December 15, 2023

Wit and Wisdom: Improv Propels Empowerment in The Harnisch Foundation’s ‘Funny Girls’ Program

Left: Jenny Raymond, Executive Director of the Harnisch Foundation. The statistic lands more like a punch than a punchline: Between the ages of 8 and 13, girls’ confidence levels drop 30 percent. Ouch. Tons of factors contribute to this bleak statistic, and it can be hard to parse them. But the consequences are clear: Girls […]

December 13, 2023

NBC’s FOUND Live Q&A with Cast and Creators

Wednesday, January 10, 2024 1:00 pm PT | 4:00 pm ET | Virtual Event Watch the full event replay here. See below for event details. During our live Q&A virtual event with the creative force behind NBC’s newest hit drama FOUND, we heard all about Season One, its intense storylines, the many plot twists and […]

December 01, 2023

Forbes: New Report Reveals How The Marketing Of Toys Reinforces Gender Stereotypes

Children’s ambitions, interests, and skills are shaped very early on by the media they consume, their choice of toys, and how they play. When these early experiences reinforce gender stereotypes and roles, it has a profound influence on their confidence, sense of self, and potential. A child’s early experiences affect not only their development and […]

November 07, 2023

Virtual See Jane Salon – Make Care Pop: What We See and Don’t See About Caregiving on TV

Tuesday, December 12, 2023 Watch the full event replay here. See below for event details. We will all give and receive care at different points in our lives. But is this reflected on TV? In our latest study, we found that less than 11% of scripted TV shows airing new episodes in the US in […]

November 01, 2023

See Jane 2023: On Screen Representation in Children’s Television from 2018 to 2022

December 6, 2023 6:00pm–8:00pm 5353 Grosvenor Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90066 On December 6th, the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media will host its annual Global Symposium on Gender in Media at TBWA\Chiat\Day LA. Convening decision makers from around the world invested in driving diversity, equity and inclusion in media and entertainment to engage […]

October 17, 2023

Banijay Unveils Global Accelerator Program Banijay Launch to Support Emerging Women Unscripted Creators

Media and entertainment powerhouse, Banijay, today launches a brand-new global accelerator program, designed to exclusively support women creators with promising unscripted formats. Unveiled at a prestigious breakfast in Cannes for MIPCOM 2023, Banijay Launch is geared towards discovering and incubating untapped talent, to support the next generation of global franchise makers. Initiated by Sharon Levy, […]

September 05, 2023

Insight from Nielsen: New Research Shows that Disability-inclusive Content is Smart Business

It’s the classic fashion catalog pose. Two fetching models, a man and a woman who look like they’re about to go yachting, peer into the camera with a look that borders on smoldering. They are selling clothing, yes. But also a vision of a more representative media landscape. Look again. To the left of the […]

August 08, 2023

With This Light: An interview with filmmakers Jessica Sarowitz, Laura Bermudez and Nicole Bernardi-Reis

“God’s projects are not determined by money; they are determined by action. When we think we can’t do it, we must ask: God, show me a light. My path is to open paths so others can walk. I can’t just stop. I move forward and they come along.” — Sister María Rosa Leggol Given that […]

July 19, 2023

Breaking the Silence: Confronting Online Violence Against Women and Nonbinary Journalists

When news surfaced on June 28, 2018, that a gunman was firing shots inside a Maryland newspaper office, award-winning television journalist Jareen Imam did what she always does. She sprang into action. Imam, in her role as Director of Social Newsgathering at NBC News, quickly spotted a tweet from a Capital Gazette sports intern who […]

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