Financial Times seeks gender parity in quoted experts | Imagine Impact's Pitch Day showcases new talent | Sarah Jessica Parker's Pretty Matches wants to keep women involved
November 15, 2018
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Michelle Yeoh: What the Oscars could mean for Asians in Hollywood
Michelle Yeoh: What the Oscars could mean for Asians in Hollywood
Yeoh (Lisa O'connor/AFP/Getty Images)
Historically, Asians have been mostly overlooked at the Oscars, but if "Crazy Rich Asians" star Michelle Yeoh is nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Award, she will become one of only six women of Asian descent to ever be nominated. Yeoh said, "I'm so glad I get to see it in my lifetime, and I'm very happy that I've been part of that movement as well, because we have been fighting to get to today."
Deadline Hollywood (11/14) 
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Financial Times seeks gender parity in quoted experts
Financial Times seeks gender parity in quoted experts
(Niklas Halle'n/AFP/Getty Images)
The Financial Times wants more female experts quoted in its articles after realizing just 21% of quoted people in its articles were women. The paper has created a bot, which uses pronouns and analysis from first names to make its determinations, to alert its section editors if articles have quoted too many men.
The Guardian (London) (11/14) 
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Imagine Impact's Pitch Day showcases new talent
Imagine Impact held its first Pitch Day on Tuesday to introduce new talent with 22 new television and movie projects, nearly half of which were created by women. The program received 4,000 applications during the five months leading up to Pitch Day.
Deadline Hollywood (11/9) 
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Sarah Jessica Parker's Pretty Matches wants to keep women involved
Sarah Jessica Parker's Pretty Matches wants to keep women involved
Parker (Dominik Bindl/Getty Images)
"Here and Now" star Sarah Jessica Parker says her production company, Pretty Matches, was started with the idea of wanting to create more opportunities for women. "We've always wanted women in front of, and behind, the camera and continue to pursue that idea and I know that we're not alone in that and we're not singular," Parker said.
Forbes (11/11) 
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Trends & Insights
Boomerang EMEA: Young children are over-scheduled
A study done by Boomerang EMEA shows that nearly half of children have between four and seven hours of extracurricular activities each week and that 11% are putting in eight to 10 hours. The study was conducted in several European countries, as well as South Africa, and examined 3,500 parents of children aged 4 to 7. The study also found that 34% of parents don't encourage children to watch shows that aren't educational and that nearly 90% cited cartoons as their children's favorite TV genre.
KidScreen (11/14) 
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Ideas in Action
CN's Empowerpuff Program part of 20-year show celebration
CN's Empowerpuff Program part of 20-year show celebration
(Dominik Bindl/Getty Images)
Cartoon Network will be commemorating 20 years of "The Powerpuff Girls" with show-themed products, programming and the Empowerpuff Program, a yearlong internship. Interns will act as brand ambassadors and contribute to the marketing and production agenda.
KidScreen (11/12) 
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"This Changes Everything" influencer screening inspires changemakers
"This Changes Everything" influencer screening inspires changemakers
(L to R): Madeline Di Nonno, Gabrielle Carteris, Tom Donahue and Jackie Cruz (Margarita Corporan Photography/SAG-AFTRA)
We packed the house at the Paley Center for Media on Monday night for a special influencer screening of "This Changes Everything," followed by a lively panel discussion including Jackie Cruz (Actor), Gabrielle Carteris (President, SAG-AFTRA/Industry Leader), Tom Donahue (Director, "This Changes Everything") moderated by Madeline Di Nonno (CEO, The Geena Davis Institute and Executive Producer, "This Changes Everything"). It was a powerful moment building on a movement. The film, which provides a searing look at gender equality in Hollywood, was interrupted by frequent applause from inspiring changemakers in the audience. The documentary revealed staggering statistics - for example, female-led films in the last year made more money yet only one female director has won an Academy Award ever. The time for change is now.
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Thank you for attending "Gen Z: Woke and Ready to Change the World" Salon
Thank you for attending "Gen Z: Woke and Ready to Change the World" Salon
(L to R): Elizabeth Kilpatrick, Raiza McDuffie, Keith L. Williams, Madison Hu, Olivia Rodrigo, Jenna Ortega, Geena Davis, Mika Abdalla, Madeline Di Nonno, Tiffany Smith Anoa'i and Jazmin Borad. (Brian Knott)
Thank you to everyone who attended our "Gen Z: Woke and Ready to Change the World" Salon last week. What an amazing night it was! If you would like to attend our Members-Only Salons in the future, please sign up to be become a member here.
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CHICAGO: Join us Dec. 4th -- "Check Your Lens: Why Intersectional Media Portrayals Matter" Salon
Please join us for an inspiring conversation led by a panel of entertainment industry leaders on the importance of intersectional media portrayals. By the year 2020, more than half of the nation's children are expected to be part of a minority group.

By the year 2044, no one racial or ethnic group will dominate in the US in terms of size. This panel will explore best practices for addressing unconscious bias in media representations, the challenges faced by people who belong to multiple marginalized groups, and what we can do to achieve a more inclusive media landscape. To read about our panelists or for more information visit our website.
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SmartBrief will publish on Wednesday next week
In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday in the US, the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media SmartBrief originally scheduled for publication on Thurs., Nov. 22, will be published Wed., Nov. 21.
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