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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 college, 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 College
No one has done more to bring strong, complex and truly inspirational female characters to both large and small screens.
– Wallis Annenberg,
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Gender in Media News

December 17, 2014 Bollywood Star Priyanka Chopra Inks Talent Deal With ABC

The Indian film actress and singer — and Miss World 2000 — has signed a talent holding deal with ABC Studios, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Under the one-year pact, ABC will either develop a starring vehicle for Chopra or cast the actress (with 8 million Twitter followers and another 15.4 million fans on Facebook) in an existing project set for fall 2015. Read More…

December 16, 2014 The Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair in Media, Culture and Feminist Studies at Rutgers

As a leading public research institution located in one of the largest media markets in the world, Rutgers provides the perfect platform for endowing an academic chair dedicated to exploring how new media can be used for communication, igniting social activism, and resolving pressing global problems. Gloria Steinem has helped to use media to educate and inspire generations of women to challenge the status quo and bring feminist issues to the forefront of national debate. Read More…

December 10, 2014 Shonda Rhimes at THR’s Power Women Event: ‘I Haven’t Broken Through Any Glass Ceilings’

Shonda Rhimes doesn’t believe she’s broken the glass ceiling. Instead, she feels that she followed in the footsteps of the countless and hardworking women in Hollywood who chipped away at it and helped pave the way for her to get to the other side. Rhimes — the influential executive producer behind ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and Pete Nowalk’s How to Get Away With Murder — was honored Wednesday at The Hollywood Reporter’s 23rd annual Women in Entertainment Breakfast. Read More…

December 10, 2014 Angelina Jolie Surprises Two Inner-City Girls With Full-Ride Scholarships at THR’s Women in Entertainment Breakfast

Angelina Jolie surprised two inner-city high school girls with full-ride scholarships to Loyola Marymount University during an emotional portion of The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Power 100 breakfast on Wednesday morning. The two scholarships — whose value totals more than $400,000 — were handed out to the girls, both about to graduate from THR’s Women in Entertainment Mentorship Program. Read More…

December 10, 2014 The Hollywood Reporter’s 2014 Women in Entertainment Power 100

Talk about disruption in the industry: Nearly two dozen newcomers make their debut on the list as a director (Angelina Jolie) ascends, Netflix’s top female exec accelerates and a brand-new bigwig is crowned atop the 23rd annual ranking. Read More…

December 08, 2014 The Mask You Live In

Makers of “Miss Representation” to premier “The Mask You Live in” at 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Watch trailer…

December 08, 2014 Top Chef’s Kristen Kish Is the New Cherry Bombe Cover Girl

The “New School/Old School”-themed issue of Cherry Bombe, which hits newsstands this week, is a celebration of both the culinary world’s up-and-comers and its icons. Representing the new guard: cover girl and Top Chef season 10 champion Kristen Kish. Cherry Bombe is a biannual magazine dedicated to celebrating women and food; it was launched last year via a Kickstarter campaign by Yahoo Food Editor-in-Chief Kerry Diamond and graphic designer Claudia Wu. Read More…

December 08, 2014 Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis to Star in Ryan Murphy’s Fox Horror-Comedy Series

Fox’s Ryan Murphy comedy horror anthology has cast its first two leading ladies. American Horror Story’s Emma Roberts and horror icon Jamie Lee Curtis will star in Scream Queens, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The 15-episode hourlong comedy will premiere in fall 2015, with season one set on a college campus that’s rocked by a series of murders. New settings and storylines will be featured in subsequent seasons of the anthology series. Read More…

December 04, 2014 Women directed a third of the Sundance 2015 competition films

The 16 films in the 2015 Sundance Film Festival’s marquee dramatic competition lineup announced Wednesday include five that were directed by women — slightly better than last year’s four, but nowhere near the watershed year of 2013, when the field was split evenly along gender lines. Sundance organizers maintained even then that they gave no thought to the balance of men and women directors in its competition field, a clear sign that the indie space is outpacing the studio system’s equality gap, and doing so organically. Read More…

December 03, 2014 Nintendo’s ‘Captain Toad’ Will Teach Boys To Be Men

In Nintendo’s Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, the male and female protagonists–Toad and Toadette–take turns rescuing one another. That’s a big deal. The old damsel in distress myth is not just turned on its head; it’s also reinvented in such a way that it fits more relevantly into a 21st Century understanding of gender. Read More…

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