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The Geena Benchmark Report: 2007-2017 from the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media found that family films that feature women in lead roles perform better in terms of revenue at the box office. These films are more likely to feature a white male in a lead role than a woman or a person of color, which is not representative of our culture, the study found. "When the stories we tell don't reflect the intersectionality in our society, children learn that people of marginalized identities simply matter less in our culture," Institute founder Geena Davis said.
"Carmen Sandiego," "Hilda" and "She-Ra and The Princess of Power" are three recently debuted series on Netflix that feature females in the lead role. "While a program can have an excellently depicted female side character, placing them as core protagonists definitely makes them appear more important and therefore, worth more attention and influence in the mind of younger viewers," writes Daniel Troy. HeadStuff (2/4)
Glenn Close likes the idea of a remake of "Fatal Attraction" from a female perspective, saying, "I do think it would be interesting to take the exact story basically, and do it from her point of view." Close, who recently won a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Joan Castleman in "The Wife," has spent her career fighting "to bring nuance and complexity to onscreen women," writes Antonia Blyth.
Discovery International announced the Discovery Kids Media Unit, which will develop and co-produce animated and live-action content for children on a variety of platforms. Carolina Lightcap will fill the role of general manager and Danielle Davies will join as the vice president of kids content partnerships and revenue.
A study by the Women's Media Center found that 75% of non-acting Oscar nominees this year were male and while the percentage is a slight improvement from the previous year, it is still too low. "Again this year, women’s talent has not been recognized in many of the most powerful behind-the-scenes categories such as directing, cinematography, and editing," said Julie Burton, Women’s Media Center president.
For the #4PercentChallenge to work, Hollywood needs to come together to move as a collective unit and antiquated norms that require most TV directors to just follow a template must be rethought, writes seasoned director Rachel Feldman. "If you want to change the stats, you must have open minds," she writes, adding, "Sit down with us, talk to us, hear our vision and see if you are inspired."
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