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They have made great strides to change the landscape of media and programming to reflect a more accurate, gender balanced, diverse portrayal of society.
– Nina Tassler, Chairman, CBS Entertainment
Kids need to see entertainment where females are valued as much as males.
In family films, there’s only 1 female character for every 3 male characters. For a well-balanced adventure, just add girls.
As L.A.'s only women's university, we are thrilled to partner with Geena Davis to create research that influences opportunities for women in media.
– Ann McElaney-Johnson, president of Mount St. Mary's University
No one has done more to bring strong, complex and truly inspirational female characters to both large and small screens.
– Wallis Annenberg,
Chairman of the Board, President
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Gender in Media News

Coming This Spring: May 5-9, 2015 Academy Award® Winning Actor Geena Davis and Arc Entertainment Launch Bentonville Film Festival with Founding Sponsor Walmart and Presenting Sponsor Coca-Cola

Academy Award® winning actor Geena Davis and ARC Entertainment announced the launch of the Bentonville Film Festival (BFF), a one-of-a-kind inaugural event designed to champion women and diversity in film. The Festival, which will take place from May 5 – 9 in Bentonville, Arkansas, will be the first and only film competition in the world to offer guaranteed theatrical, television, digital and retail home entertainment distribution for its winners. Geena Davis, Chair of the Bentonville Film Festival, along with the BFF Board, Julianne Moore, Angela Bassett, Samuel L. Jackson, Natalie Portman, Bruce Dern, Eva Longoria, Viola Davis, Nina Tassler, Paula Patton, Randy Jackson, Gil Robertson and Nisha Ganatra, hope you will join them this May in Arkansas to champion women and diversity in media. Watch Video... or Read More...

February 26, 2015 Comic Book Women With Realistic Bodies Are The Heroines We Need

Yes, comic book heroines are supposed to have powers that are out of this world, but the illustrations of their bodies could definitely be brought down to Earth. A creative team working with, a website dedicated to providing information and support systems to those struggling with eating disorders, decided to transform covers of comic books depicting popular female — and male — characters and give our favorite heroes more realistic bodies. Read More…

February 25, 2015 Guest Post: How to Hire a Woman Director

At the Oscars on Sunday night, Best Supporting Actress Patricia Arquette used her moment in the spotlight to speak out on the issue of gender inequity. “It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America!” she said. Though she was not speaking directly about wage equality and equal rights for women directors of film and television, Ms. Arquette’s points are as applicable to the entertainment industry itself as they are to broader American labor issues. Read More…

February 23, 2015 Marisa Tomei to Play Gloria Steinem in ‘Ms.’ HBO Miniseries

Oscar winner Marisa Tomei is set to play social and political activist Gloria Steinem in “Ms.,” a miniseries co-starring Kathy Najimy that is currently in development at HBO. Steinem will serve as a consultant on the project, which Bruce Cohen (“Silver Linings Playbook”) is executive producing with George Clooney and Grant Heslov, as well as Tomei and Najimy. Read More…

February 23, 2015 Five Female-Led Comic Book TV Shows And Movies You Should Be Excited About

Although there are a variety of TV shows and movies now starring female leads, those with comic book origins are still few and far between. Many of the female comic book characters that do make it to the screen are usually part of a larger team, with the spotlight directly focused on their male counterparts, like in Arrow and the X-Men films. Thankfully, Hollywood is slowly beginning to realize just how many kickass women they could (and should) be putting front and center. Read More…

February 22, 2015 Oscars 2015: Female directors scarce at Hollywood’s major studios

When Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win the Academy Award for directing in 2010, it looked to be a watershed moment for Hollywood’s premiere creative profession. But on this Oscar Sunday, all of the directing nominees will be men. No woman has been nominated for directing since Bigelow took home the award for “The Hurt Locker,” which also won best picture. Read More…

February 20, 2015 Mount Saint Mary’s Report on the Status of Women and Girls

Join Mount Saint Mary’s University at our annual gathering and public release of the 2015 Report. Key leaders will share their thoughts and expertise on issues vital to California’s women and girls. Geena Davis, Academy Award®-winning actor and founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media at Mount Saint Mary’s University will be a featured speaker. This year, we are broadening our scope to include a global conversation about the status of women and girls, and how we can work together to find solutions and create change for women and girls everywhere. Read More…

February 19, 2015 6 Ways ‘Jane the Virgin’ Is Destroying Latino Stereotypes

“This award is so much more than myself,” said Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez upon accepting her Golden Globe for best actress in a comedy series in January. “It represents a culture that wants to see themselves as heroes.” This sentiment is one with which the hit CW show’s devoted fan base wholeheartedly agrees. Read More…

February 19, 2015 Cartoon Network’s Upfront Slate Includes ‘Powerpuff Girls’ Reboot, ‘Adventure Time’ Renewal

Cartoon Network will unveil a fan-friendly 2015-2016 programming slate during its Upfront presentation for advertisers this May in New York. The animated cable network is launching three new series in 2015-16, including the highly anticipated reboot of “The Powerpuff Girls,” which ran originally from 1998 to 2005. Eleven returning series will also be announced, including cult favorite “Adventure Time.” Read More…

February 18, 2015 Producer Gale Anne Hurd: Sexism Against Women Directors Hasn’t Changed Since the 80s

Superstar producer Gale Anne Hurd reflected on her three decades in the film and TV business in a Hollywood Masters interview yesterday. Most famous for her behind-the-scenes contributions to “The Terminator,” “Aliens,” “The Hulk,” and most recently, “The Walking Dead,” Hurd recently received a lifetime-achievement award from the Producers Guild of America. But her road to the top, especially as the rare female in charge of blockbuster productions in the 1980s, was, unsurprisingly, a rocky one. Read More…

February 18, 2015 Marisa Tomei Inks First-Look Deal With HBO

Marisa Tomei is making a foray into TV producing with a first-look development deal at HBO. Under the one-year pact, the Oscar-winning actress will develop, produce and possibly star in projects for the pay cable network. Tomei, who once again was courted for pilots this season, recently made her feature producing debut with Loitering With Intent, which she produced alongside Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy of Parts And Labor and in which she stars opposite Sam Rockwell. Read More…

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