The First Symposium on Gender in Media

The First Symposium on Gender in Media was held in 2008, convening entertainment industry decision makers, thought leaders and content creators to work collectively on improving gender equality in children's media.

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From L to R: Dr. Stacy Smith, Crystal Allene Cook, Amy Pascal, Stephen McPherson, Geena Davis,
Tom Lynch, Wallis Annenberg, and Brown Johnson (Photo: Michael Caulfield/Wireimage)
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Nina Tassler (CBS) and
Founder Geena Davis
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Jean Picker Firstenberg (AFI)
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Aisha Tyler (actor) moderated
the Executives & Producers
Luncheon
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Wallis Annenberg
(Annenberg Foundation)
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Dr. Stacy Smith (USC Annenberg
School for Communication
and Journalism)
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Amy Pascal (Sony)
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Brown Johnson (Nickelodeon)
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Stephen McPherson (ABC)
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Tom Lynch (Tom
Lynch Company)
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Geena Davis at
the Open Forum
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Linda Simensky (VP, Children's
Programming, PBS)
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Dr. Stacy Smith presented her
groundbreaking research
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Doreen Spicer (producer)
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Ella Taylor (LA Weekly), Jeanne Wolf (Parade), and
Brian Lowry (Variety) offered the critics' view
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David Kleeman (American Center for Children and Media), Allison
Deegan (WriteGirl), Judy Patrick (Women's Foundation of California),
and Gordon Berry (UCLA) discussed how to create a cultural shift
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Heather Kenyon (Cartoon Network)
spoke about giving female
characters goals in kids media
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Karen Lee Brown (DiC) on the
panel, Writing Something Other
than Romance
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Tara Sorensen (NGKE), Betsy Groban (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Children's Book Group), Cort Lane (Mattel), Dr. Ellen Seiter (USC), and
Dean Aimee Dorr (UCLA) discussed the toy-product-marketing-kids' link
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Young women from Teen Voices and WriteGirl discussed their goals
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Dr. Kara Chan (Hong Kong)
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Dr. Dafna Lemish (Israel)
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Dr. Sofie Van Bauwel (Belgium), Damien Spry (Australia),
and Marieke Rodenburg (Belgium)
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International Researchers Reception

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