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March 14, 2013
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  Gender In Media 
  • Only 3 major 2013 films set to have female directors
    In a continuing trend from previous years, a very small percentage of blockbuster films in 2013 are set to be directed by women. Tina Gordon Chism is set to helm "Tyler Perry Presents Peeples," Kimberley Pierce will direct "Carrie," and Jennifer Lee will co-direct Disney’s "Frozen." Hollywood.com (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • MovieScope shines spotlight on women's achievements
    MovieScope magazine launched the inaugural issue of its Women in Film special on March 8. The issue celebrates the achievements of women in film and television, and features industry insiders including legendary Hollywood producer Gale Anne Hurd and Madeline Di Nonno of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. MovieScope magazine online (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Popularity of the term "girl" in women-focused media raises concerns
    Women-focused media, such as HelloGiggles.com, that put an emphasis on "girl" content are raising some concerns about how women are representing themselves online, in movies and television. Critics worry the representations are carrying over into viewers' real lives and affecting the way younger females see their place in society. Forbes (3/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • "Exploring Race and Ethnicity in Entertainment" on March 29
    At LACMA on March 29 from 6-8 p.m. (Pacific), USC-Annenberg and the International Communication Association are hosting a panel that will discuss race and ethnicity in front of and behind the camera in entertainment. Moderated by Stacy Smith of USC, the panel features directors Ava DuVernay ("Middle of Nowhere") and Tim Story ("Think Like a Man") as well as Darnell Hunt of UCLA and Russell Robinson of UC-Berkeley. A reception will follow in the Director's Roundtable Garden. RSVP required. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Davis to speak at release of "The Report on Status of Women and Girls in California"
    On March 21, Geena Davis will join Mount St. Mary’s College President Ann McElaney-Johnson in releasing the 2013 "Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California." Report authors compiled the most recent research in a dozen critical areas that affect the well-being of the state’s women and girls. The free event is open to the public and will be held from 10 a.m.-noon (Pacific) at Mount St. Mary’s Doheny Campus in Los Angeles. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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About Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
Six years ago, while watching children's entertainment with her young daughter, Academy Award winner Geena Davis noticed a remarkable imbalance in the ratio of male to female characters. From that small starting point, Davis commissioned the largest research study ever undertaken on gender in children's entertainment. The research showed that in the top-grossing G-rated films, there were three male characters for every one female - a statistic that still has not improved. The Institute is the leading resource for gender in media research, trends and education for the entertainment industry and the public. The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and See Jane are a project of Community Partners.
 
About See Jane
See Jane is a program of the Institute that utilizes research, education and advocacy to engage the entertainment industry and recognize the need for gender balance and varied portrayals of females and male characters into movies, TV, and other media aimed at children 11 and under. We work cooperatively and collaboratively with entertainment creators to encourage them to be leaders in creating positive change.
 
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