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January 24, 2013
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  Gender In Media 
  • Annenberg study examines gender gap in independent film industry
    Despite the high profile inclusion of films written and directed by women at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, a gender gap still persists in the American independent film industry, according to a study conducted by researchers at USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism that was commissioned by the Sundance Institute and Women in Film Los Angeles. Only 24% of all movies programmed for the Festival between 2002 and 2012 were directed by women, the study found, and women are more likely to direct documentaries than narrative films. "Female directors are more likely to feature girls and women on screen than male directors," said study authors Stacy L. Smith, Katherine Pieper and Marc Choueiti. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (1/21), The Huffington Post (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • TNT approves Geena Davis-led pilot
    Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis will lead the cast of an untitled drama on TNT, which has approved the pilot. The hour-long show was inspired by the true-life adventures of bounty hunter Mackenzie Green, and will be directed by Dean Devlin. Davis will also take on the role of co-executive producer for the project. Entertainment Weekly (1/17), (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Report tracks effects of global recession on girls
    Around the world women have paid a disproportionately high price during the global recession, according to a new report from Plan International and the Overseas Development Institute. Economic contractions lead to increase infant mortality rates and more girls being taken out of school, the report says. The Information Daily (U.K.) (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 2 women to be inducted into Pioneer Hall of Fame
    Women in Aviation International has announced that Mary Frances Silitch, former editor in chief of Private Pilot magazine, and Lt. Col. Karen Tribbett Brannen, the first female Marine strike fighter pilot, will be inducted into the International Pioneer Hall of Fame. The ceremony will be held March 16 at the WAI's 24th Annual International Conference held in Tennessee. General Aviation News (1/21) 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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