IMDb's F-Rated tag identifies female-driven films | #ShesGotDrive showcases director Yulin Kuang | Laverne Cox lands starring role in new ABC pilot
March 9, 2017
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Geena Davis: "Media can be the cure for the problem it has created"
Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis gave a rousing speech during the opening session of All About Women at the Sydney Opera House over the weekend, speaking about the power the media has to immediately change how women are viewed, as well as her long career and the challenges she still faces as she ages in Hollywood. "What if we are inculcating generation after generation to believe that low representation of women is the norm?" Davis asked, citing recent representation statistics from the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. "On screen, add women; behind the camera, add women; in media, add women; in law and on corporate boards, add women," Davis urged.
The Guardian (London) (3/5) 
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IMDb's F-Rated tag identifies female-driven films
IMDb adds F-Rated tag identify female-driven films
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The Internet Movie Database has added an F-Rated designation to over 21,000 titles to help spotlight prominent work by women on these films in front of and behind the camera. The new classification also features a F-Rated "gold standard" for those films that include at least one female writer, female lead characters and a female director.
CTV.ca (Canada) (3/7) 
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#ShesGotDrive showcases director Yulin Kuang
Ford's #ShesGotDrive showcases director Yulin Kuang
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The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and Ford's #ShesGotDrive campaign features young female directors as part of its video series. Yulin Kuang shares her personal story of becoming a director and her hope that other young girls will find inspiration and follow their own dreams and visions of success.
PopSugar (3/3) 
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Laverne Cox lands starring role in new ABC pilot
Laverne Cox lands starring role in new ABC pilot
Fox (Tibrina Hobson/AFP/Getty Images)
"Orange Is the New Black" actor Laverne Cox has signed on to co-star with Meaghan Rath in ABC's new comedy pilot "The Trustee." The show is being produced by Elizabeth Banks.
Deadline.com (3/7) 
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Trends & Insights
"Fearless Girl" spotlights the need for more women on Wall Street
"Fearless Girl" statue on Wall Street
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State Street Global Advisors sponsored the placing of a 4-foot tall bronze sculpture of a young girl staring down the iconic Charging Bull on Wall Street. The statue, dubbed "Fearless Girl," is meant to be a symbol of the need for more female leaders in business.
DNAInfo.com (3/7) 
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Ideas in Action
Women of BYUtv's "Extinct" participate in "I Am Female Driven" campaign
Women of BYUtv's "Extinct" participate in "I Am Female Driven" campaign
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The women of BYUtv's new sci-fi series "Extinct" came together to discuss their experiences as women in entertainment. Victoria Atkin, an "Extinct" lead actor, created "I Am Female Driven," a female-focused campaign. The women involved in the series donned T-shirts that were created to illustrate how it is smart to invest in female-driven content. "By listing stats about women's contributions to business, film, TV and the economy in general, the message was clear: women are an integral part of not only the entertainment industry, but the world," BYUtv said in a release. "Extinct" premieres Oct. 1. Find out more.
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Jacinta Tynan: Geena Davis is the media guru model parents need
Sky News presenter and author Jacinta Tynan hopes more parents will take a page from Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis' parenting playbook, highlighting the inequity of girls on screen as they raise their sons and daughters to be more aware of the injustices women face in film, television and real life. Tynan writes about her own experiences raising a son in a male-dominated media culture and offers other parents' words of wisdom to help celebrate strong female characters and engage in children's viewing time.
The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) (3/6) 
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Geena Davis to keynote Women's Business Symposiums
Comerica Bank has asked Academy Award winner Geena Davis to keynote three of its Women's Business Symposiums -- April 21 in Orange County, Calif.; Sept. 28 in Houston; and Oct. 13 in Dallas. Comerica's symposiums are designed as "a forum for female business owners and entrepreneurs to share their unique perspectives and secrets for success with the community," Comerica Bank said. Find out more.
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