"A Wrinkle in Time" director Ava DuVernay, "Captain Marvel" director Anna Boden and "Mulan" director Niki Caro are responsible for the most-anticipated films with budgets over $100 million, marking the first time in film history that more than one woman has managed a $100 million budget at one time. "Not only are we all making these movies at the same time, but they're all at the same studio. I feel proud taking these pictures with them here [on the Disney lot]," DuVernay said.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced its nominees for this year's Golden Globe Awards, but failed to recognize any female directors in the best director category. Despite earning high praise and attracting major ticket sales, Patty Jenkins, Dee Rees and Greta Gerwig were all left out of the best director category. Gerwig did earn a nomination for writing the script for "Lady Bird," which she also directed. To date, Barbra Streisand is the only woman to ever win a Golden Globe award for directing, which she won for "Yentl" in 1984.
Creative Artists Agency says it will cancel its planned Golden Globes party and establish a legal defense fund to handle the growing number of sexual harassment cases across multiple industries. CCA also took the "50-50 by 2020" pledge, committing to hiring more women for executive positions over the next three years. Risa Gertner and Sherrie Sage Schwartz both joined CAA's management committee two weeks ago.
SAG-AFTRA union President Gabrielle Carteris, in this guest column for The Hollywood Reporter, writes about the need for those in Hollywood to collaborate and to be aware of the impact Hollywood has on society at large. "Those of us in the entertainment industry must work together to exploit our unique position with the stories we choose to tell and how we choose to tell them, recognizing the enormous impact we have on our society," Carteris writes.
Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook tells TV creator and showrunner Shonda Rhimes that corporate culture can only overcome problems with sexual harassment and inequality when women have more power. "We know that organizations that think their system is meritocratic and people who think they are meritocratic often have the worst results because they don't correct," Sandberg says.
Two high-school girls in Florida are the first females at their school to earn production technician certification from the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council. One educator said he struggles to recruit female students for the program, but that once they are enrolled they do well.
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