For the last seven years, the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media has leveraged its machine learning tool, the Geena Davis Inclusion Quotient (GD-IQ) to analyze media messaging and images to support the diversity and inclusion initiatives of content creators in film, TV and advertising. We are proud to announce a new partnership with The Walt Disney Studios with the new GD-IQ: Spellcheck for Bias powered by patented artificial intelligence text analysis technology developed at the USC Viterbi SAIL Laboratory. As a pilot partner, the Institute will collaborate with Disney over the next year to help their decision-makers evaluate and identify opportunities to increase diversity and inclusion opportunities in manuscripts. "We're going to collaborate with Disney over the next year using this tool to help their decision-making [and] identify opportunities to increase diversity and inclusion in the manuscripts that they receive. We're very excited about the possibilities with this new technology and we encourage everybody to get in touch with us and give it a try," said Institute Founder Geena Davis.
USC's Annenberg Inclusion Initiative founder Stacy L. Smith has declared the hiring practices in Hollywood are changing to be more inclusive of women after noting the increase in the number of women directors of 2019's top 100 directed films will stand at least 12, and may even hit 14 by year's end. Variety interviewed several women directors, including "Little Women" director Greta Gerwig and "Frozen 2" director Jennifer Lee, to get their take on the changing trend. "2019 won't be a one-off," Smith says. "We're moving -- finally -- in the right direction, toward more inclusion behind the camera."
Variety's annual Women's Impact Report shows that women are successfully making strides in closing the gender parity gap in Hollywood by getting more opportunities. The report spotlights catalysts in the industry that have contributed to this change, including actor Patricia Arquette, Marvel Studios Vice President of Production Victoria Alonso and Spotify's Creative Development chief Liz Gatele.
Time's Up has selected Tina Tchen, Michelle Obama's former chief of staff attorney, to lead the group as its new CEO. The organization will also be opening The Time's Up Impact Lab, a center that will focus on researching initiatives that tackle discrimination, sexual harassment and inequality in the workplace.
ReFrame, a Women in Film and the Sundance Institute effort, is launching ReFrame Rise, an initiative that gives up-and-coming women directors the opportunity to be mentored by A-list Hollywood executives and producers on various career opportunities. "I am honored to be a part of this program, but it's not really about altruism. I see this as good business for all involved. Of course, opportunity is everything, and sponsorship programs help create opportunity," producer Sue Kroll says.
The 2019 Children's Mental Health Report, published by The Child Mind Institute, aims to provide a balanced assessment of social media use on the mental health of children and to give parents guidelines on deciding how much is too much use. The Institute is clear that social media can be both detrimental and beneficial to the user but that ultimately the parameters set forth should be tailored to the individual child. "If we do our job as parents and educators, taking advantage of the information available to us, we can steer at-risk children toward beneficial online experiences and help them benefit from this new way of communicating," the report states. Read the report.
Several executives including PayPal Australia's Libby Roy and former Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi explain how unconscious bias may be limiting the opportunities women have at attaining senior positions in the c-suite, writes Domini Stuart. University of Sydney professor Fiona White believes this bias can be addressed by ensuring corporate cultures remain gender-neutral and boosting the number of female executive mentors.
Award-winning director, writer and producer, Evette Vargas has launched The Writers Room 5050 to help women and minority writers boost their chances of landing work in the television industry. The first classes, such as Running the Room and Writing the TV Pilot, kicked off in late September and early October. Final Draft blog (9/26)
Join the Institute's Geena Davis and Madeline Di Nonno along with PatMa Productions Nina Tessler for a special panel conversation -- Changing the Status Quo: Unconscious Bias in Media and Entertainment -- at Paramount Pictures Studios in Los Angeles on Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. that will examine these topics, discuss how the industry is responding to the changing landscape, and assess how to break past unconscious bias and stereotypes.
The program will begin with a networking reception, including beer, wine, soft drinks, and light appetizers. Register now.
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