First Women's Equality Film Series to screen 15 inspiring female-led films | Wendy Calhoun to write, produce female-led "Lean On Me" | "Miss Persona" and "Becca's Bunch" get the green light
September 20, 2018
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Geena Davis on bias: "It's all so, so unconscious"
Geena Davis on bias: "It's all so, so unconscious"
Despite stories of blatant discrimination against women, Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis believes a large part of gender inequality boils down to unconscious bias. Speaking from her own experiences with Hollywood studios, Davis says executives do want to make things more equal when problems are pointed out to them, but admits the industry is also too quick to assume everything is fixed when a few female-led films are successful. "I think men were raised from minute one in worlds nearly bereft of a female presence," Davis said. "So when adult men look at a workplace or a cast list and see one woman, that looks normal. One is what's expected."
Glamour (9/2018) 
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First Women's Equality Film Series to screen 15 inspiring female-led films
Harkins Theatres and STX Entertainment have partnered to host the first annual Women's Equality Film Series, highlighting the accomplishments of history-making women. The series will run from Sept. 28 to Oct. 4, with a portion of the proceeds going to support the work of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. "A League of Their Own," "Frida," "Hidden Figures," "Battle of the Sexes" and "Molly's Game" are among the 15 films being screened.
Film Journal International (9/14),  AZ Big Media (Phoenix) (9/14) 
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Wendy Calhoun to write, produce female-led "Lean On Me"
Wendy Calhoun is reportedly writing and executive producing an hourlong drama called "Lean on Me," inspired by the 1989 film of the same name. The show, which has been put into development by The CW, will follow a young black female teacher as she rises to the role of principal at an Akron, Ohio, public high school.
Deadline Hollywood (9/13) 
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"Miss Persona" and "Becca's Bunch" get the green light
"Becca's Bunch," which will arrive on Nick Jr. on Sept. 24, stars a young bird named Becca who "tweets to her own beat," Jane Hobson writes. Separately, Treehouse's YouTube channel will debut "Miss Persona" this weekend featuring Kimberly Persona as host and creator of the series.
KidScreen (9/19),  KidScreen (9/19) 
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Trends & Insights
Plan: Majority of adolescents believe in gender equality
Plan: Majority of adolescents believe in gender equality
While 92% of adolescents say they believe in gender equality, only 51% of boys agree that there should be "equal numbers of men and women who are leaders in work, politics, and life," compared to nearly two-thirds of girls, but nearly the same number of girls and boys say a successful career is "very important," according to a new Plan International USA survey of young people aged 10 to 19. The survey noted that boys and girls exposed to more egalitarian ideas and gender-neutral toys, for example, were less likely to exhibit sexist views in adolescence. The survey also found that 69% of girls aged 14 to 19 feel judged as sexual objects, while 46% of boys say they see female characters in the media whose bodies are valued more than their intelligence several times per week or more.
Salon (9/13) 
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Ideas in Action
Emmys show progress, diversity gaps
Emmys show progress, diversity gaps
Sherman-Palladino (Rich Fury/Getty Images)
This year's Emmy Awards made history with wins for Amy Sherman-Palladino, the first woman to take home the awards for directing and writing a comedy series in the same year, and black actresses Regina King and Thandie Newton were recognized for their roles in Netflix's "Seven Seconds" and HBO's "Westworld," respectively. The progress, however, was less apparent behind the camera, as few minorities were nominated in writing, directing and producing categories.
Variety (9/17),  Variety (9/17) 
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Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media News
Join us for the Los Angeles Debut of Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors on Sept. 27th
Special Q&A following the film with Marvel's Cort Lane, Sana Amanat, and Marsha Griffin as well as the Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors voices Kathreen Khavari (Ms. Marvel), Milana Vayntrub (Squirrel Girl), BooBoo Stewart (Exile) and Kamil McFadden (Patriot) plus some additional surprise guests. For details and to RSVP, visit our website.
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Join us for an Exclusive Screening of SADIE on Oct. 3rd in L.A.
Special Q&A following the film with writer/director Megan Griffiths, producers Lacey Leavitt and Jennessa West, composing team Pearl Jam's Mike McCready & Thunderpussy's Molly Sides and Whitney Petty, and actors Sophia Mitri Schloss, Keith L. Williams and Tony Hale. For details and to RSVP visit our website.
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