Study finds animation still lacking women | Rachel Chavkin stresses need for diversity in Broadway directors | Viral sensation "Baby Shark" gets Nickelodeon show
June 13, 2019
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Geena Davis to guest star in third season of "GLOW"
Geena Davis is set to guest star in Netflix's third season of "GLOW" as a former showgirl-turned-director. Davis will appear in five of the season's 10 episodes.
The A.V. Club (6/10) 
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Study finds animation still lacking women
Study finds animation still lacking women
"Kung Fu Panda 3" Director Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
A study found that only 3% of animation directors are women and only 17% of the top 120 grossing animated films between 2007 and 2018 had a female lead or co-lead. Geena Davis noted that children's programming plays an important role in how children view gender.
Variety online (6/10),  Deadline Hollywood (6/10) 
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Rachel Chavkin stresses need for diversity in Broadway directors
Rachel Chavkin stresses need for diversity in Broadway directors
Chavkin (Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
Rachel Chavkin stressed the importance of diversity for Broadway directors in her acceptance speech for the best direction of a musical at the Tony Awards, noting she is the only female director this season. "This is not a pipeline issue, she said, "It is a failure of imagination by a field whose job is to imagine the way the world could be."
Variety online (6/9),  The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (6/9) 
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Viral sensation "Baby Shark" gets Nickelodeon show
Viral sensation "Baby Shark" gets Nickelodeon show
(Pinkfong! Kids' Songs & Stories)
Nickelodeon is basing a new animated show for preschoolers on the viral smash from Pinkfong, "Baby Shark," which has attracted more than 2.8 billion YouTube views in the last three years. "Baby Shark has captured the imagination of millions of fans around the world, so it's no surprise it's one of the top 10 most-viewed videos on YouTube ever," says Nickelodeon Animation's Ramsey Naito.
Deadline Hollywood (6/5),  TheWrap (6/5) 
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Trends & Insights
Projections show China as top market for films by 2020
China is set to be the world's dominant film audience based on revenue by 2020, according to projections by PricewaterhouseCoopers. China has already been selling more movie tickets than any other country since 2015.
The Hollywood Reporter (6/5) 
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Report: Women still spend more time on children, household
A report by The State of the World's Fathers found that women still spend much more time than men do on volunteer work and domestic duties. The report suggests men spend at least 50 minutes more each day doing these duties, while women should spend 50 minutes less.
The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (6/7) 
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Ideas in Action
Spotify to host second "Sound Up" podcast boot camp
Spotify is hosting its second five-day boot camp for women of color interested in developing new podcasts Aug. 12 through 17 in New York. Ten women will be selected to attend the workshop for free and the top three winners will receive $10,000 to produce up to five episodes of their podcasts.
Variety online (6/7) 
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Cannes Glass Lion: 7 US campaigns make the shortlist
Seven US campaigns are among the contenders for the Cannes Lions 2019 Glass Lion, which recognizes creative for challenging gender stereotypes and inequality. The shortlisted campaigns include Publicis Sapient New York's "Project #ShowUs" for Dove, Grey New York's "We Believe: The Best Men Can Get" for Gillette and TBWA\Chiat\Day New York's "Here to Create Change" for Adidas.
Adweek (tiered subscription model) (6/5) 
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Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media News
Carolyn Tastad in conversation with Madeline Di Nonno
Carolyn Tastad (L), Group President, North America P&G and Madeline Di Nonno, CEO, Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
NEW YORK: Join us on June 24 for our next members-only See Jane Salon, "Intersectionality Matters: In Advertising, Hollywood and Leadership"
Entertainment media has a profound influence on our society as it can show women and girls that their options and aspirations are limitless. This message is highly relevant as our world becomes increasingly intersectional and global in scope. Join us for fresh insights on critical issues of the day at a special See Jane Salon that provides a sneak peek at two new research studies just released by the Institute: "Getting Intersectionality in Advertising Right" and "Taking the Lead: Girls and Young Women on Changing the Face of Leadership," a global report developed in partnership with Plan International. Our research will be followed by a fireside chat with prominent industry executives and a private, advanced screening of THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING, from executive producer Geena Davis, an investigative look and analysis of gender disparity in Hollywood, featuring accounts from well-known actors, executives and artists in the industry.

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