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Emma Thompson’s letter to Skydance

When Skydance Media Chief Executive David Ellison announced this year that he was hiring John Lasseter to head Skydance Animation, many in and outside the company were shocked and deeply unhappy. Only months earlier, Lasseter had ended his relationship with Pixar — where he had worked since the early ’80s — and parent company Disney […]

Nisha Ganatra Sets Next Directing Gig

Nisha Ganatra, who directed the Sundance darling “Late Night,” is in negotiations to helm Universal and Working Title’s upcoming film “Covers,” sources tell Variety. Not much is known about the project, written by first-time screenwriter Flora Greeson, other than it being a romance set in the Los Angeles music world. Working Title’s Tim Bevan and […]

WIF Film Finishing Fund Grantee’s HBO Premiere

John Legend was joined by Salt-N-Pepa’s Cheryl “Salt” James and Sandra “Pepa” Denton and The Real host Jeannie Mai at the Avalon on Wednesday night for the premiere of HBO’s new documentary United Skates. The film documents the history and impact of roller rinks that catered to African-American skaters and the unique culture and skating […]

No female director nominees; What we’re doing about it

When you look at the 2019 Oscars class of best director nominees, you have Spike Lee, Pawel Pawlikowski, Yorgos Lanthimos, Alfonso Cuaron and Adam McKay. They are all deserving of praise and acclaim for their films this past year, but not a single one is female. You may think this might just be a down […]

Board Member Hannah Minghella to Oversee TV at TriStar

TriStar Pictures president Hannah Minghella is expanding her purview to include oversight of TriStar Television. The move reflects a mandate from Sony Corp’s new CEO Kenichiro Yoshida to foster synergy across all of Sony’s streams of business. As an executive known for strong literary instincts, Minghella already has been working informally with the TV division, […]

LATE NIGHT by Nisha Ganatra Sold for $13M to Amazon Studios

Amazon Studios chief Jennifer Sales on the record setting Late Night deal: “Mindy Kaling has crafted the rare film that is both entertaining and powerful,” said Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios. “The moment the lights came up after the premiere, we knew Late Night is a film our viewers will love and talk about. […]

Women In Film’s Finishing Fund Unveils 2018 Grant Recipients

Nine grantees were selected from 390 feature-length narrative films, documentaries and shorts, submitted from 22 countries. Women In Film, Los Angeles on Wednesday announced the recipients of its 33rd annual Film Finishing Fund. The nine grantees were chosen from 390 feature-length narrative films, documentaries and shorts that were submitted from 22 countries. The Film Finishing […]

WIFLA + Women and Hollywood Launch #RememberTheLadies

Women In Film LA and Women and Hollywood have joined forces for a social media campaign to support women directors that will launch Sunday, Jan. 6. The campaign, which is entitled #RememberTheLadies, is designed to run until Jan. 14, and the timing of this campaign is no coincidence. January 6 marks the 2019 Golden Globe ceremony, and the […]

Six Female-Facing Titles Join Welle Entertainment Slate

Former Women in Film president Cathy Schulman, now president/CEO of Welle Entertainment, doesn’t only talk the talk but is walking the walk about getting more female-strong projects into the pipeline. The executive and producer has been on a buying spree of late, acquiring six new, female-facing IP titles which are being developing for both film […]

The 62 Recipients of the ReFrame Stamp for TV!

The path to parity in television has been a slow one. Women comprised only 27% of key decision-making behind-the-scenes roles, from show creators to directors, writers, producers, editors and directors of photography, for the 2017-18 season, according to the Boxed In report from the Center for the Study of Women in Television & Film at […]

Gender Parity (Italian Style) with ReFrame! 

During a panel on the final day of the MIA Market in Rome, our Executive Director Kirsten Schaffer and ReFrame Ambassador Paul Feig presented the tools of ReFrame with co-hosts Women in Film, TV & Media Italia.

2018 INSIGHT Participants

GHETTO FILM SCHOOL ROSTER PARTICIPANTS ALEJANDRA ARAUJO A Native New Yorker from Queens with Colombian roots, Alejandra Araujo is a filmmaker, artist and all-around creative. She graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and loves directing, writing and shooting. She has previously partnered with Google, Tribeca Film Institute, MTV, Funny or Die, […]

ReFrame’s Newly Certified Gender-Balanced Films

ReFrame — a coalition of industry leaders founded by Women in Film and the Sundance Institute — and IMDBPro announced on Tuesday nearly two dozen films to be certified for their gender-balanced productions. Reframe launched the data initiative in an effort to recognize and promote gender-balanced films and television shows. The collaboration relies on data from IMDBPro to […]

WIF Signs Open Letter for Transgender Representation

Nearly four dozen production companies, talent agencies, film studios, and advocacy groups have announced their support for expanded LGBTQ representation, calling on Hollywood to use its soft power to tell authentic stories. In an open letter published exclusively in Variety, GLAAD and 5050by2020 — a strategic initiative within the Time’s Up organization — urged networks […]

2019 WIF | Black List Writing Labs

    The applications to the 2019 Black List and Women In Film Writers Programs are live!     2019 Feature Residency This year, we’re thrilled to announce that the Black List and Women In Film will invite six promising non-professional screenwriters who identify as women to participate in a one year residency, kicking off […]

Announcing First Recipients of ReFrame Gender Parity Stamp

In addition, Amazon, HBO and Ryan Murphy Productions are among 25 companies and organizations to pledge to become ReFrame Partners. A little over a year after the unveiling of ReFrame, an ambitious coalition of more than 50 top-level industry executives and creatives committed to achieving gender parity in Hollywood, the supergroup is ready to announce […]

Harvey Weinstein Indicted On Multiple Rape & Sex Crime Charges By Grand Jury

Hours after Harvey Weinstein announced he would not testify before a grand jury the same panel has now indicted the disgraced produced on two sets of rape charges and a sex crime charge. “A Grand Jury has voted to indict Harvey Weinstein on charges of Rape in the First and Third Degrees, and Criminal Sexual […]

ReFrame Initiative By WIF, Sundance in Deadline

Two days after Best Actress winner Frances McDormand led a handful of female Oscar nominees and winners to stand as she urged for more inclusion in Hollywood, the ReFrame initiative has generated a handbook with numerous key proposals its organizers believe will help promulgate meaningful reform and diverse hiring practices in the film and TV […]

WIF To Launch Sexual Harassment Services

Women in Film is starting a sexual harassment Help Line and pro bono legal service to assist those in the entertainment industry who’ve encountered any mistreatment in the past. The service is expected to be operational as of December 1 and be available every day throughout the year. The legal aid panel will refer both […]

Inclusion & Diversity Win at The Emmys!

TV’s golden night was decidedly more colorful than many of the other award shows that have attracted criticism for a lack of diversity. And the love was spread across categories that have not historically featured many winners who are people of color. “Master of None” star Lena Waithe became the first black woman to win […]

Patty Jenkins to Direct WONDER WOMAN 2

“Wonder Woman” has become the biggest blockbuster of the summer with $402 million and counting, beating out the likes of Marvel heavyweights “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” and “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” Patty Jenkins’ superhero origin story won over critics with its empowering themes and performances, and it did the impossible in getting people to finally […]

WIF Board Member Nisha Ganatra will direct ‘LATE NIGHT’

Nisha Ganatra will direct the upcoming comedy LATE NIGHT starring Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson.[…]

‘The Murders Of Molly Southbourne’ Picked Up By Cathy Schulman

Bringing in yet another female-facing project is not surprising for Schulman, given that she has been such a strong advocate for women’s rights and promoting gender parity as president of Women in Film.[…]

WIF Board President Cathy Schulman has acquired ‘ALPHA GIRLS’

WIF Board President, Cathy Schulman’s Welle Entertainment, has acquired the film and TV rights to Julian Guthrie’s nonfiction book ‘Alpha Girls’ about the unsung female heroes of Silicon Valley.[…]

WIF Board Member Amy Baer’s ‘MARY SHELLEY’ at TIFF 2017

WIF Board Member and Producer Amy Baer’s film, MARY SHELLEY, starring Elle Fanning and directed by the Saudi filmmaker Haifaa al-Mansour makes its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.[…] 

Jessica Chastain, Face of the Fragrance, Woman

“She’s a huge supporter of Women In Film. ‘I’m going to do anything I can to be there and support any organization that empowers and creates opportunities for women.'”[…]

HP: Diversity and Brands Inspiring Reinvention

HP celebrated more than seven decades of empowering filmmakers and creative visionaries at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.[…]

Cathy Schulman acquires film rights

WIF Board President Cathy Schulman has acquired the film rights to Scott W. Stern’s THE TRIALS OF NINA MCCALL, the true story of one of the largest mass quarantines in U.S. history and the women who fought against it.[…]

Hannah Minghella on ‘Wonder Woman’ Envy

WIF Board Member, President of TriStar and daughter of Anthony Minghella, Hannah Minghella opens up about Sony’s hands-off approach (really), new CEO Tony Vinciquerra and how the Trump presidency is affecting her. She says, “We still have a long way to go,” when speaking about studios advocating for women.[…]

What does ‘Wonder Woman’ mean for female filmmakers?

The weekend’s global number one debut by Wonder Woman has delivered a stunning victory for the gender parity camp, although experts warn there is still plenty of work to be done. Patty Jenkins directed the Warner Bros and DC Entertainment superhero adaptation starring Gal Gadot and shattered the North American opening weekend record for a […]

Dear White People, Created by WIF Board Members

Dear White People premieres 4/28. It’s creative team includes Women In Film Board Members Nisha Ganatra & Stephanie Allain: “Having a black vibrator does not count as an interracial relationship.” That sets the tone for the first full trailer for Dear White People, Netflix’s anticipated half-hour comedy series based on Justin Simien’s acclaimed debut indie […]

Lisa Callif one of “Hollywood’s Top 100 Attorneys”

WIF Attorney Lisa Callif is one of The Hollywood Reporter’s Top 100 Attorneys of 2017. “If you’ve got a documentary in the works, Callif and partner Michael Donaldson are the ones you call to make sure your subjects don’t sue. This year’s Sundance festival featured nearly two dozen films by her firm’s clients, including the […]

THR Covers WIF + Sundance Institute Finance Panel

Several financing myths were debunked at Monday night’s Women, Money and Movies panel, moderated by Women in Film president Cathy Schulman. Contrary to conventional wisdom, lower-budget films aren’t always easier to make. That lesson was one of the key take-aways from the Women, Money and Movies panel on Monday night at the Pacific Design Center […]

Women in Film Adds Six to 2017 Board of Directors

Bela Bajaria, Terry Curtin, Nisha Ganatra and Laura Gordon are joining for the first time. Women in Film has elected four new members to its Board of Directors, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. In addition, TriStar Pictures president Hannah Minghella and UTA partner and Independent Film Group head Rena Ronson have rejoined the board of […]

Hollywood companies to talk inclusion with ReFrame

When was the last time that every major film studio, every broadcast network, leading cable networks and streaming services all agreed on something? Maybe … never? Well, we can report that they’ve all agreed to meet with a group called ReFrame — an initiative designed to get more women hired in Hollywood, both behind the […]

WIF, Sundance & Industry Leaders Launch ReFrame

Enough talk! Studio and agency insiders, producers, directors and industry leaders reveal ReFrame, a focused and results-oriented push to break entertainment’s gender-parity logjam: “This is bigger than the bullshit.” Lack of parity for women — behind the camera, in the front office, on the payroll — long has been one of Hollywood’s most intractable obstacles. […]

2016 WIF Grantee CHAVELA at Berlinale

Latido Films will handle international sales to “Chavela,” a documentary on this hugely influential Mexico-raised singer from directors Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi. Featuring key figures in her life, such as Pedro Almodovar, “Chavela” world premieres at the Berlin Festival on Feb. 9 where Latido will introduce it to buyers. Vargas’ friendship, maybe passionate affair, […]

WIF Board President Cathy Schulman Launches Welle Entertainment

EXCLUSIVE: Cathy Schulman, former head of production at STX Entertainment, just launched a new production and finance company called Welle Entertainment. In addition, she has entered into a co-venture with Primary Wave Entertainment and is starting up with several diverse film and television projects already on the slate. The first Welle film will be a […]

New MDSCI Study from Dr. Stacy L. Smith & Marc Choueiti

80 Percent of Female Directors Made Only One Movie in 10 Years. The latest USC research also reports that just 8.1 percent of Hollywood’s helmers over the past decade were black or Asian. Adding age to its latest study on Hollywood representation, USC Annenberg’s Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative has uncovered sobering evidence that […]

Athena Film Festival, 2/9-2/12

The annual Barnard College showcase of female leadership has also partnered with the Motion Picture Academy for the U.S. premiere of ‘The Women Who Run Hollywood’ followed by a panel discussion on pioneering female filmmakers. The Athena Film Festival has revealed the lineup for its 2017 edition. The films that will screen at the annual […]

WIF Board President Cathy Schulman in LARB Roundtable

“Women are going into schools in filmmaking, and graduate schools, but coming out early. So something’s happening in those walls — and then all the way through. On the other side of the triangle, we have this enormous cultural bias issue going on with decision makers and content creators, and frankly, it doesn’t even really […]

Films by Women at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival

Everybody should have a good time, but it’s the filmmakers and how we program for them that matters. We program for diversity, not commerciality. —Robert Redford, 2003 Running from January 19 – January 29, The 2017 Sundance Film Festival is just around the corner! We are happy to present this list of over eighty films […]

2016 Stats for women in film

The latest data is in for women employed on the 250 top-grossing films of 2016, and the numbers are abysmal – lower, in many cases, than in 1998 – according to San Diego State’s Center for the Study of Women in Film. In her 19th annual “Celluloid Ceiling” report, Dr. Martha Lauzen found that women […]

Laura Lewis & Naketha Mattocks in Variety

WIF Board Member Laura Lewis & Former WIF Board Member Naketha Mattocks are both featured in Variety’s “Power of Women L.A. Impact Report.” Thanks to them for their invaluable service!

Bentonville Announces 2017 Dates

Geena Davis‘ Bentonville Film Festival will run from May 2 to May 7 in 2017, organizers announced on Wednesday. Co-founded by the Oscar-winning actress and ARC Entertainment CEP Trevor Drinkwater, the Arkansas film festival champions women and diverse voices in the media. BFF boasts that it is the “only film competition in the world to […]

WIF Board President Cathy Schulman on The Frame

LISTEN: How hidden biases hurt women (and lots of other people) in Hollywood

Star Trek’s Fiftieth Anniversary!

Did you know that Lucille Ball, the namesake of our Lucy Award, greenlit the original Star Trek? via A Mighty Girl.

3 WIF Members Selected as Fox Directing Fellows

Women In Film Los Angeles members selected for The Fox Global Directors Initiative include Alexis Korycinski, Yoko Okumura, & Rachel Goldberg. Jennifer Phang, who appeared on our director’s panel earlier this year, was also selected.

WIF Grantee GODLESS Wins Golden Leopard

Bulgarian filmmaker [& 2015 WIF Grantee] Ralitza Petrova took home the grand prize from the Swiss festival. The 69th Locarno International Film Festival has wrapped up after a successful two weeks that showed 279 films at the Swiss event. This year, the international lineup gave voice to a number of new female filmmakers. Of the […]

WIF CFO Jane Fleming’s Company Enters Deal

Court Five was founded by former New Line Cinema executives Fleming and Ordesky, who were responsible for more than 60 films while at New Line and Fine Line Features. Ordesky was executive producer on The Lord of the Rings trilogy, spending five years supervising all elements of development, production and post in New Zealand with filmmaker […]

WIF Members Create: Mini Upfronts

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 9/21   WIF Members Create: Mini Upfronts Details Do you have a teaser, sizzle, or trailer for a film, pilot, or web series that has not yet been in wide release? If you do, then the Mini Upfronts is for you! Fall 2016, WIF will host a screening of jury selected teasers, […]

July Speaker Series: New Trends in Distribution

As the landscape of film distribution evolves and new companies and platforms enter the marketplace, so do filmmaker’s options. A panel of experts from United Talent Agency, Drafthouse Films, The Orchard, Quiver, and more will impart their knowledge on new and steadfast strategies for distribution. Moderated by CAA Film Finance Agent Laura Lewis. RSVP now!

Finalists for Women in Film-The Black List TV Lab Announced

The women’s scripts will be hosted on the Black List website for free and also read by multiple agencies and networks.

ArcLight Second Annual Women in Entertainment Summit

The event will bring together such participants as Geena Davis, Bonnie Arnold, Rob Thomas and Kirsten Schaffer.

How to Get More Women Into the Director’s Chair

People insist it’s a pipeline problem when it’s really a broken doorbell problem. Competent and talented women are right there on the doorstep, hitting the buzzer, but no one is answering the door. Last year, even with constant calls for more gender diversity, 86 percent of the first-time TV directors were still white males.

‘Ghostbusters,’ the bros who hate it and the art of modern misogyny

What really sets off the haters is when women do things that men have traditionally done: Firefighter, sportswriter, Army Ranger, video game designer, commander in chief. Even a made-up occupation — Ghostbuster — is apparently off limits to women. Yup, turns out that this weekend’s opening of the Ghostbuster’s movie reboot has turned into a […]

Shelby Stone To Run Common’s Production Company Freedom Road

Former WIF Board Member Shelby Stone has been hired as President of Production by Freedom Road Productions.

Crystal+Lucy Awardees Nominated: Emmys 2016

Several past Crystal + Lucy Awardees have been nominated for Emmys for a variety of categories. These include: Taraji P. Henson, Viola Davis, Kerry Washington, Lesli Linka Glatter, Jill Soloway, Rachel Morrison, and Diane Warren. Congratulations Ladies!

ScreeningRoom launches film and grant Submission Platform with Women In Film

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New York, NY (June 16, 2016) ScreeningRoom, a new media platform for independent filmmakers and content creators, has launched an intuitive and easy to use submission platform in partnership with Women In Film’s Film Finishing Fund. “The new ScreeningRoom platform offers a simple and elegant solution for filmmakers and organizations alike for […]

Excerpts from the WIF Legacy Series

The Legacy Series was created to document the personal and creative worlds of exceptional women in Hollywood whose accomplishments paved the way for new generations of women working in the film and television industries. The filmed interviews of these inspiring women—working both behind and in front of the camera—create an enduring record of their extraordinary […]

WIF PSA Wins Telly Award

WIF LA River PSA named a Winner in the 37th Annual Telly Awards The Telly Awards has named Women In Film as a winner in the 37th Annual Telly Awards for their piece “Bird Photobombs Selfie on the LA River”. The PSA competed with over 13,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries. Check […]

Crystal + Lucy® Honorees In Variety

Taraji P. Henson, Natalie Dormer and Lesli Linka Glatter are set to receive top honors at the 2016 Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards fundraiser dinner June 15 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. The annual benefit gala advocates gender parity for women throughout the industry, and this year’s theme “Designing Change” […]


If you’re looking for something to do this Memorial Day weekend, a new look into a campaign aims at getting more visitors to spend time in an unexpected place: the Los Angeles River. From kayaking at the Glendale Narrows, bike riding on the paths and picnicking at a nearby park, a new public service announcement […]

Director Ryan Coogler Nails Why Hollywood Needs Women

“You’re absolutely missing something [in a room that’s all men],” Coogler recently said in a Fast Company interview. “Too often, you find yourself in a room like that.” The key reason why Coogler works with women cinematographers, editors and more is because they bring insight that men cannot. “Everybody’s a prisoner of their own perspective,” […]

Women in Film Launches Music Committee

Women scored fewer than 2 percent of the top 500 films in 2015, a minuscule improvement from 1 percent in 2014. To help improve those dismal stats, advocacy group Women in Film has formed a new music committee, chaired by music supervisor Tracy McKnight. The committee launched Saturday with a Los Angeles event featuring Oscar-winner […]

WIF Grantee Priscilla Anany Wins Directing Award

Priscilla Anany, director of “Children of the Mountain” (USA, Ghana). Jury Comments: “So many of the films we had the pleasure of viewing were expertly directed and worthy of recognition. The winning director presents a fearless and heart wrenching tale of an embattled mother’s high stakes journey to heal her sick child and ultimately herself. […]

TCM Guest Programmer: Gloria Steinem

Movies have a power like nothing else,” says Gloria Steinem, TCM Guest Programmer for April. Growing up in Toledo, Ohio, the future journalist and political activist found filmgoing to be her “escape.” Now recognized as an outstanding leader of the feminist movement, Steinem has recently published a memoir, My Life on the Road (2015), in […]

Women In Film Grantwinners at Tribeca Film Festival

Four of the films premiering at 2016’s Tribeca Film Festival received support from Women In Film’s Finishing Fund. The festival will take place in New York City April 13 – 24. If you’re attending please check out these wonderful films! 2015 Grant Winners AWOL “Building from her award-winning short, writer-director Deb Shoval’s debut feature is […]

Sign Up for World’s Largest Shorts Competition

For the first time this year, a special award is available to female filmmakers in the My RØDE Reel short film competition! With over $300,000 of prizes up for grabs, you can find out more and receive your free starter pack here, and learn more from the video below.       My RØDE Reel 2016 from RØDE Microphones […]

The Comprehensive Annenberg Report on Diversity

Ahead of entertainment’s most exclusive and glamorous night of the year, a new study demonstrates just how exclusive film and television can be when it comes to women, people of color and the LGBT community. The results reveal that the prequel to #OscarsSoWhite is #HollywoodSoWhite. The Comprehensive Annenberg Report on Diversity (CARD) is the first […]


Vimeo to Fund Female Filmmakers

THINGS AREN’T SO hot for women in Hollywood right now. We kind of always knew that, of course, but now thatJennifer Lawrence is writing letters about not getting paid as much as her male costars and The New York Times Magazine is writing huge features on how tough it is for women to get anywhere as […]

Dawn Porter

Women In Film Awards Sundance Filmmakers

  Women In Film, Los Angeles (WIF-LA) awarded $32,000 in cash and in-kind grants at Sundance over the weekend. The honors were presented at the 10th annual Women in Film Sundance Filmmakers Panel discussion, titled “What the Future Holds.” Panelists included Meera Menon (“Equity”), Sian Heder (“Tallulah”) and Clea Duvall (“The Intervention”). “Trapped” director Dawn […]

Hooligan Sparrow

Congrats to Women Filmmakers at Sundance!

If you’re at Sundance and want to keep up your #52FilmsByWomen, check out any of the 61 films below! A Good Wife World Dramatic Directed by Mirjana Karanovic Written by Mirjana Karanovic,Darko Lungulov, Stevan Filipovic, Showtimes   Affections Shorts Directed by Bridey Elliott Written by Bridey Elliott Showtimes   Agnus Dei Premeire Directed by Anne […]


Sundance – -The Scary Process of Directing Herself

Being a first-time filmmaker with a movie at Sundance is a nerve-racking, exhausting endeavor. Even worse? Also being one of the leads. As Clea Duvall, the writer/director/star of The Intervention, revealed during the Vulture-moderated Women in Film panel and celebration in Park City, “I woke up every day not knowing how we were going to […]

Sofia Coppola

The Independent Covers #52FilmsByWomen!

Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Adam McKay, Ridley Scott, Todd Haynes, Steven Spielberg. There’s a common theme in the BAFTA nominations for Best Director that were revealed this morning. This is not to say that the academy itself is necessarily guilty of favouring men, but rather that a complex system of sexism is endemic in the film […]


Hollywood leaders take on lack of women

Usually it takes a fundraising politician or a glittering awards show to convene competing studio executives and Hollywood agents in one room in Los Angeles. But for two days this fall, a group of 44 entertainment industry leaders gathered quietly, turning off their phones and setting aside their rivalries to tackle an increasingly visible problem […]



Hollywood means so many things to so many people: a town where deals and dreams are made and broken, a crazy place in which to grow up all wrong and yet turn out all right, an abstract Eden whose soil has yielded all kinds of flora, from rapturous Greta Garbo silents to weedlike “Star Wars” […]

Ilene Chaiken


Selected Variety articles on diversity in film and television: Peak Inequality: Investigating the Lack of Diversity Among TV Directors John Landgraf on What TV Needs to Do to Improve Diversity Among Directors ACLU’s Melissa Goodman on Gender Discrimination: It’s a Legal and Civil Rights Problem TV Directors and Diversity: The Helmers Speak Out Netflix’s Cindy […]

Hunger Games

Equal Pay Revolution

Kathy Griffin was an unknown comedic actress when she landed her breakout role on NBC’s 1996 sitcom “Suddenly Susan.” But three seasons in, she discovered a sobering truth after grilling her co-stars about their wages. “I had the second-lowest salary on the cast,” she says. “Judd Nelson made four times what I made, and he […]

Box Office Gross Comparison by Sex

How Much Women Make At the Box Office

When it comes to representation of women in film, everyone from directors to stars to professors can agree: The industry needs to do better. The reasons for doing that aren’t just creative either — they’re financial. Overall box office has been proven to be healthier in years with more films actually about women. These movies can be anything from […]

Bradley Cooper

Bradley Cooper and the Wage Gap

After Jennifer Lawrence’s essay last week reignited the furor over equal pay in Hollywood — and, by loose extension, equal pay for American women without agents — her four-time male co-star, Bradley Cooper, announced he’d include his female colleagues in future pay negotiations. “Usually you don’t talk about the financial stuff, you have people,” Cooper […]

Power of Women

Female-Driven Movies Make Money, So Why Aren’t More Being Made?

It’s good business to cast strong women in lead movie roles. Last summer’s opening weekend was a master class on femi-nomics when “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “Pitch Perfect 2” faced off on May 15 — and both films came out ahead. This story first appeared in the October 06, 2015 issue of Variety. Subscribe […]

Ava Duvernay

Women Directed Just One-Third of Festival Short Films, Study Finds

Looking at major festivals, the USC study discovered that career inequality for female directors starts early on. A study from the University of Southern California finds that of the short films running in the world’s top film festivals, 68 percent were helmed by males, while the remaining 32 percent were headed by women directors. From […]

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Feds Probing Hollywood’s Lack Of Female Directors

The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission will begin interviewing dozens of female directors next week in an effort to see what action, if any, it should take to combat discrimination against female film and TV directors. A letter from the EEOC went out to some 50 women late last week. RelatedIrked DGA Acknowledges Anti-Female Bias […]

Ashley Judd

A Stand Against Sexism

When Ashley Judd was making Paramount’s “Kiss the Girls” in the late ’90s, she was being pursued by a mogul from a rival studio, whom she believed wanted to cast her in a film. But suddenly she found herself falling into a dark trap. This story first appeared in the October 06, 2015 issue of […]

Dr. Stacy Smith Reports on Gender and Short films

The purpose of this investigation was threefold. First, the gender of short and mid-length film directors across 10 top film festivals worldwide was assessed. Second, the occupational paths and career impediments faced by LUNAFEST female directors were examined. Third, the content of LUNAFEST films over the last 15 years was evaluated. Across these three areas of […]


Making the case for movies by women

The 2011 movie “Bridesmaids,” written by Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, featured an ensemble of comedic actresses and took in more than $288 million globally. And that’s just one of a handful of women-driven movies that have done big business at the box office.

The Ms. Factor

The MS FACTOR TOOLKIT: The Power of Female Driven Content

The Ms. Factor Toolkit aims to raise awareness among decision makers and to educate industry members by debunking the myths that perpetuate gender bias. This toolkit shows that by not supporting and valuing female-driven content in the entertainment business there is a significant underserved female audience, and consequently a lot of money being left at […]

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DEADLINE HOLLYWOOD: “The DGA is calling on the industry to make a “revolutionary” move to increase employment for first-time women and minority TV directors: Hire more directors and fewer actors and writer/producers to direct the shows. According to a new, six-year study of hiring practices, 46% of all the first-time episodic TV directors were actors […]



Report by Dr. Stacy L. Smith and colleagues released: “Each year, USC Annenberg’s Media, Diversity, & Social Change Initiative produces a report examining gender and race/ethnicity on screen and behind the camera across the 100 top‐grossing fictional films. A total of 700 films and 30,835 characters have been analyzed across the 100 top‐grossing films of […]

Women In Film Research

WIF/Sundance – Exploring the Careers of Female Directors: Phase III (2015)

WIF/Sundance – Exploring the Barriers and Opportunities for Independent Women Filmmakers: Phase I and II (2014)

Other Sources

Comprehensive Annenberg Report on Diversity (CARD)

Media, Diversity, & Social Change Initiative (USC) Research

Center for the Study of Women In Television & Film (SDSU) Research

Recent Studies

Inequality in 700 Popular Films, 2007-14... (USC)

2014-15 Boxed In Report, SDSU

2015 Hollywood Diversity Report, UCLA Bunche Center