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April 09, 2020

Dino Dana Takes Huge Steps to Advance Diversity, Break Gender Stereotypes and Embrace STEM

Debuting its fourth season on Amazon on April 17, Dino Dana has emerged as a bona fide brand appealing to boys and girls alike. This preschool franchise is based on two male-led series (Dino Dana and the Emmy award-winning Dino Dana: Trek’s Adventures) created by J.J. Johnson, the creative force and founding partner of Sinking Ship Entertainment. J.J. credits the star of his first preschool series (This is Daniel Cook) and the young star’s love of all things prehistoric and his desire to be a paleontologist as the genesis of the Dino Dana series, which brought dinosaurs into the present through a combination of CGI animation and live-action production.

March 15, 2020

Representation Matters: Nielsen Says It’s Time to Stand Up and Be Counted

The demand for diverse storytelling and inclusive content creation onscreen and behind-the-camera has never been stronger than it is today. Nielsen is deeply committed to “truth in measurement,” and there is a direct connection between diversity, inclusivity, and truth throughout Nielsen’s business. I had the pleasure of speaking with Ginger Bushell, Senior Vice President, Global Content Governance at Nielsen, to get an inside look at how diversity and inclusion (D&I) inform the way Nielsen operates. I learned that Nielsen is not only a trusted source of truth in global measurement and data analytics; it is also a “First Responder,” dedicated to identifying gaps in data and advocating for new information that can make the industry more responsive to the changing times that our global, multicultural content world requires. Let’s look.

December 18, 2019

How Frozen 2 Resonates with Audiences by Melting Gender Stereotypes: Up-Close with Geena Davis and Disney Animation’s Jennifer Lee

Frozen 2, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ sequel to the 2013 animated blockbuster, has set several records, including the #1 animated global opening of all time. The film breaks down traditional fairytale stereotypes and introduces a new set of universally appealing storylines based on sisterly love, compassion, and self-discovery as they set out to find the origin of Elsa’s powers to save their kingdom.

October 31, 2019

Disney Junior’s The Rocketeer Flips the Script

There is a movement in Hollywood to retell classic stories for a new generation of children and The Rocketeer is a stellar example of how and why – with the right vision – this formula can work! The animated series, premiering on Friday, November 8th on Disney Channel, Disney Junior, and DisneyNOW is a reimagining of Dave Stevens’ comic books and the 1991 film with a contemporary twist. Wide-ranging storytelling, coupled with several nods to the original, lays the groundwork for an inspirational and educational adventure series told from a young female superhero perspective that the whole family can enjoy together.

October 02, 2019

Mission Unstoppable Makes Television History

Mission Unstoppable, is just that – unstoppable. The series, which debuted last weekend on the CBS Saturday morning lineup, is the brainchild of Lyda Hill, a Dallas-based entrepreneur, and philanthropist who believes “science is the answer to solve our world’s problems.” Nicole Small, CEO, Lyda Hill Philanthropies explained, “We invested in Mission Unstoppable, a collaboration with the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media (GDIGM) and Litton Entertainment, to feature trailblazing women on the cutting edge of science in a new, fun and innovative television series. We hope that by spotlighting these amazing female role models in media, we will change the narrative and inspire young girls to open their eyes to STEM careers.”

September 03, 2019

Nickelodeon’s Middle School Moguls Inspires Girls to Embrace Entrepreneurship

Going back-to-school is exciting when you are empowered to take charge and design your future. To inspire kids, Nickelodeon is premiering Middle School Moguls, a new four-part CG-animated series of half-hour specials to kick off the school year with lessons in entrepreneurship. This limited series, which yields maximum impact, will debut at 11 a.m. ET/PT on Sunday, September 8th.

August 20, 2019

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
A Pillar of Inclusive Entertainment

As the summer winds down, anticipation is building for the premiere of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, a new, original TV series prequel out on Netflix, August 30. The 10-episode show is set many years before the actions of The Dark Crystal, Jim Henson’s beloved, cult fantasy movie from the 1980s. Almost a decade in the making, the series has a timeless, completely original quality that feels 100% contemporary and relevant.