Trio of Netflix series feature female lead characters | Glenn Close on a female-centric "Fatal Attraction" remake | Discovery Kids Media announced, Carolina Lightcap joins as GM
February 14, 2019
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Institute: Family films with female leads generate more revenue
Institute: Family films with female leads generate more revenue
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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.
Yahoo (2/8) 
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Trio of Netflix series feature female lead characters
Trio of Netflix series feature female lead characters
"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)
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Glenn Close on a female-centric "Fatal Attraction" remake
Glenn Close on a female-centric "Fatal Attraction" remake
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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.
Deadline Hollywood (2/11) 
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Discovery Kids Media announced, Carolina Lightcap joins as GM
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.
KidScreen (2/13) 
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Trends & Insights
Women's Media Center: 25% of non-acting Oscar noms were women
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.
The Guardian (London) (2/8),  Newsweek (2/8) 
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Ideas in Action
Rachel Feldman: Turn #4PercentChallenge into a solution
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."
Variety (2/7) 
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Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media News
N.Y. See Jane Salon: "Tryin' to Sleep in the Bed You Made" - stage reading and panel discussion on Feb. 20
Join us on Feb. 20 in celebration of Black History Month, to shine a spotlight on the beauty and strength of women and girls of color using literature as the entry point. The evening will feature stage readings from "Tryin' to Sleep in the Bed You Made," by New York Times best-selling authors Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant at 72andSunny in Brooklyn. Actors Megaly Colimon, Harry Lennix, Roseanne Chery and Lisa Wilkerson will deliver dramatic readings from the books followed by an empowering panel discussion on the current state of women of color in Hollywood and Media. The panel will also highlight recent research studies by Baylor University as well as Creative Artists Agency and shift7. For more information about this New York City event, visit our website or reach out to
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Call for judges for Television Academy Foundation's Internship Program
Share your expertise and help launch the career of a promising student for this summer's Internship Program. The Foundation has received a record number of applications, and we invite you to evaluate candidates in one or more of the following categories: Development (Movies for Television), Development (Scripted Series), News (Entertainment News), Physical Production/Business Management, Production (Commercials), Production (Live Television Production), Production (Movies for Television), Program Planning and Scheduling, Writing (Comedy or Drama). The evaluation process is fully digital, and you will have two weeks, starting mid-February, to complete and submit your ballot. Sign up now.
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