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Driven By Research The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media is the only research-based organization working behind-the scenes in the entertainment industry to engage, educate, and influence the need for gender balance, reducing stereotyping and creating a wide variety of female portrayals for children’s entertainment.
Driven By Research The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media is the only research-based organization working behind-the scenes in the entertainment industry to engage, educate, and influence the need for gender balance, reducing stereotyping and creating a wide variety of female portrayals for children’s entertainment.
Driven By Research The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media is the only research-based organization working behind-the scenes in the entertainment industry to engage, educate, and influence the need for gender balance, reducing stereotyping and creating a wide variety of female portrayals for children’s entertainment.
Driven By Research The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media is the only research-based organization working behind-the scenes in the entertainment industry to engage, educate, and influence the need for gender balance, reducing stereotyping and creating a wide variety of female portrayals for children’s entertainment.
Driven By Research The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media is the only research-based organization working behind-the scenes in the entertainment industry to engage, educate, and influence the need for gender balance, reducing stereotyping and creating a wide variety of female portrayals for children’s entertainment.
Driven By Research The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media is the only research-based organization working behind-the scenes in the entertainment industry to engage, educate, and influence the need for gender balance, reducing stereotyping and creating a wide variety of female portrayals for children’s entertainment.
Driven By Research The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media is the only research-based organization working behind-the scenes in the entertainment industry to engage, educate, and influence the need for gender balance, reducing stereotyping and creating a wide variety of female portrayals for children’s entertainment.
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Gender in Media News

JULY 22, 2014 Comic-Con Spotlight: Guardians of the Galaxy Screenwriter Nicole Perlman Reveals What it’s Really Like to Write for Marvel

This time last year, Marvel screened early footage of Guardians of the Galaxy, the upcoming sci-fi adventure directed by James Gunn (Super), and written by up-and-coming features writer Nicole Perlman, who developed the project through the Marvel writing program. Perlman had to contend with some outdated notions about who should be writing science fiction (men) before she got a shot with Marvel. Read More...

JULY 22, 2014 Gender bias in the film industry: 75% of blockbuster crews are male

Leading figures in cinema are calling for steps to improve diversity in the industry as a damning study exposes the severe lack of women at all levels of film production over the past 20 years. The report, compiled by the British producer and writer Stephen Follows, revealed that gender disparity is entrenched in the film industry, where more than three-quarters of the crew involved in making 2,000 of the biggest grossing films over the past 20 years have been men, while only 22% were women. Read More...

JULY 17, 2014 CBS Chief Nina Tassler on 'Late Night,' 'Good Wife' Snub and 'Big Bang Theory' Contracts

The new rule? Women are dependable, while men and younger moviegoers aren't. For years, Hollywood studios have catered to young males in building their summer slates. But as the demo takes fewer trips to the multiplex, distributors are scrambling amid a 20 percent decline in summer revenue in North America. It's one of the worst year-over-year drops to date, putting increased pressure on global returns. Read More...

JULY 16, 2014 Box-Office Woes: Age and Gender Gap Helping Fuel Summer Woes

The new rule? Women are dependable, while men and younger moviegoers aren't. For years, Hollywood studios have catered to young males in building their summer slates. But as the demo takes fewer trips to the multiplex, distributors are scrambling amid a 20 percent decline in summer revenue in North America. It's one of the worst year-over-year drops to date, putting increased pressure on global returns. Read More...

JULY 15, 2014 Marvel Introduces First Female Thor in New Comicbook Series

Marvel turned to ABC’s “The View” to introduce the first female to portray Thor in its new comicbook series. “Thor,” written by Jason Aaron (“Thor: God of Thunder”), with art by Russell Dauterman (“Cyclops”), will be published in October. “No longer is the classic male hero able to hold the mighty hammer, Mjölnir, a brand new female hero will emerge who will be worthy of the name Thor,” Marvel Comics said in making the announcement. Read More...

JULY 15, 2014 ‘Hunger Games’ Producer Nina Jacobson Signs First-Look Deal with Fox

Fox 2000 Pictures has signed a three-year first-look production agreement with “The Hunger Games” producer Nina Jacobson and partner Brad Simpson’s Color Force. Jacobson has just completed production on the third and fourth films in “The Hunger Games” franchise for Lionsgate, which has seen the first two films top $1.5 billion worldwide. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” will be released on Nov. 21 followed by “Mockingjay – Part 2” on Nov. 20, 2015. Read More...

JULY 15, 2014 East Africa: ITU, UN Women Partner to Launch Global Technology Award

ITU and UN Women are partnering to launch a new global technology award that recognizes outstanding contributions from women and men in leveraging the potential of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to promote gender equality. The annual event dubbed as GEM-TECH Awards, will be conferred on seven winners from government, the private sector, academia and civil society at ITU's Plenipotentiary Conference. Read More...

JULY 10, 2014 Geena Davis gets all dolled up for women's equality on 'Doc McStuffins'

This little Disney princess doesn’t need any help — even from “Doc McStuffins.” Geena Davis provides the voice for Princess Persephone (or “Peri,” as she likes to be called), a doll in Friday’s new episode of the Disney Channel’s hit kiddie show “Doc McStuffins.” Peri isn’t your stereotypical princess in peril — and that’s exactly why Davis is happy to help bring the character to life. “She has a very unconventional encounter with the cast of the show,” Davis said. “Peri is in a tower and wants to get down, so a chivalrous knight toy declares he will come and rescue her. But she explains that she can get down herself.” Read More...

JULY 9, 2014 7 things you didn’t know about those 'girl power' ads for Pantene and Always

If you’ve missed the two most buzzed-about female empowerment videos of the last month, it’s time to climb out from under that rock and check out Pantene’s "Not Sorry" and Always brand’s “Like a Girl” campaigns. The Always’ video, which launched less than two weeks ago and now has more than 29.3 million views, tackles the negative connotation of the phrase “like a girl,” encouraging real-life girls to turn the phrase on its head.’ Read More...

JULY 8, 2014 Geena Davis Guest Stars as the Voice of Princess Persephone

Don't miss Geena Davis guest-starring as the voice of Princess Persephone, a brave and adventurous princess doll who sets out to prove that princesses can do anything knights can do, in a new episode of Disney Junior's acclaimed animated series "Doc McStuffins" premiering Friday, July 11 at 9:30 a.m. on Disney Channel. Read More...

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