Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis and J. Walter Thompson CEO Tamara Ingram are among the women featured on Marketing Communication News' 2017 Magnificent Women list, recognizing leaders in marketing, communications, advertising and design. Ingram's work with the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media marks the first time a research organization has partnered with media and entertainment leaders to expose gender inequality in content. Pum Lefebure, co-founder of Design Army, and Babita Baruah, managing partner at WPP Global Team Blue, are also featured. Marketing Communications News (10/11)
Just 12% of girls who don't feel good about the way they look believe they are beautiful compared to images portrayed in the media, while 68% say they wish the media would do a "better job" showing diverse women, according to the 2017 Dove Global Girls Beauty and Confidence Report, which surveyed 5,165 girls aged 10-17 in 14 different countries. The survey, which was conducted by Edelman Intelligence, also found that 70% of girls think too much emphasis is placed on beauty as a source of happiness, but 78% of girls with high self-esteem are less likely to be influenced by media images and 80% say doing fulfilling activities boosts confidence.
"Wonder Woman" director Patty Jenkins sat down with Variety to discuss her historic deal -- valued between $7 million and $9 million -- to direct "Wonder Woman 2" and her sense of duty to fight for a fair deal to help advance equal pay for women in Hollywood. "I've never been more aware of a duty than I was in this deal. I was extremely aware that I had to make sure I was being paid what the male equivalent would be," Jenkins said. "Women who have not been in a system that allows them to build up the same level of pay as men are not able to be paid the same as men forever if that's the way it continues."
The Hollywood Reporter published its list of the 50 most powerful showrunners of 2017, and 17 women were recognized for their work as writers and producers of some of the most popular shows on television. Showrunners include Ava DuVernay for "Queen Sugar" on OWN, Lisa Joy for her work on HBO's "Westworld," Courtney Kemp for "Power" on Starz, Nahnatchka Khan for "Fresh Off the Boat" on ABC, Jenji Kohan for "Orange Is the New Black" and "Glow" on Netflix, and Shonda Rhimes for "Scandal," "Grey's Anatomy," and "How to Get Away With Murder" on ABC.
Corrie Chen, director of Australia's ABC Me teen comedy series "Mustangs FC," says Gender Matters: Brilliant Stories in July 2016 allowed her to fund her first feature film "Empty Empire" and set her on a path to directing a Network Ten one-hour primetime drama "Sisters" and the upcoming SBS On Demand series "Homecoming Queens." "I am very, very confident in saying every single significant milestone in my career has been because of a woman. And I think that says a lot about what we need to do to make a change," Chen said.
Men and women are divvied up fairly evenly among entry-level jobs, but women continue to be underrepresented on the corporate ladder's higher rungs. One problem is that men are much more likely than women to say their companies already have a level playing field for male and female employees, according to the 2017 Women in the Workplace report from LeanIn.org and McKinsey & Co.
A review of three studies that examined the effects of digital devices in the bedroom has concluded that excessive time spent with "bedroom media" can harm children's performance in school, increase risk of obesity and lead to aggressive behavior depending on the type of media consumed. The team of researchers also noted that children who spend more time watching television or playing video games read and sleep less than children who don't have 24-hour access to media. Sanvada News/News Release (10/7)
Jennifer Townsend, director of the documentary "Catching Sight of Thelma and Louise," says she was so inspired after seeing "Thelma and Louise" in 1991 that she embarked on a research journey to find out how many other women were influenced by the film. "It blew me away," she said. "I wanted to find out 'Are other people having this kind of reaction?'" After receiving multiple responses, Townsend shelved the project for years until she decided to find and talk with the people who wrote to her on the 25th anniversary of the film last year. The documentary is screening at the Santa Cruz Film Festival in California this week.
Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis and "Wonder Woman" director Patty Jenkins will both deliver keynote addresses at the third annual Women in Entertainment summit on Nov. 2. The event will feature Q&A sessions and panel discussions with leaders in the entertainment industry, including director Ava DuVernay, DreamWorks Animation executive Margie Cohn and writer/director Dee Rees.
Founded by Academy Award®-winning actor Geena Davis, the Institute is the only
research-based organization working with media and entertainment companies with
cutting-edge research, education, and advocacy programs to dramatically improve
how girls and women are reflected in media targeting children 11 and under.
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