Variety, Sept. 18
Dear Reese, I have the highest respect for you, but you are misinformed! When I heard the NPR interview on Monday morning and heard these words from your lips, “Someone said to me the other day. We’re running out of female directors … We don’t have enough women to employ,” I had to speak up.
Hollywood Reporter, Sept. 18
Despite attractive tax incentives in other states and changing consumer behaviors, the film and digital media workforce in Los Angeles County is growing faster than in the New York metro area and is becoming increasingly more diverse, a new study has found.
CNBC, Sept. 16
Almost one-quarter (23 percent) of consumers say they would drop their subscription if the streaming service included ads, according to a study conducted by Hub Entertainment Research. Less than half (41 percent) said they would definitely or probably keep Netflix even with ads.
Deadline, Sept. 13
The panel featured filmmakers from Shatterbox, a platform from Refinery29 that gives female storytellers the opportunity to create short films that redefine identity, imagination and storytelling through the female lens.
Variety, Sept. 12
There are no yellow production signs leading me to the location of director David Ayer’s new film “The Tax Collector.” Driving into the heart of gang territory in a part of South Central L.A., I feel a surge of adrenaline and know only to expect the unexpected.
The trailer for “F*** You All: The Uwe Boll Story” calls Uwe Boll the “most hated man in Hollywood,” a sentiment likely shared by fans of the video games for which Boll made less-than-great film adaptations.
Broadway World, Sept. 10
The 13th Annual NBCUniversal SHORT FILM FESTIVAL, which celebrates diverse stories while finding the next generation of storytellers, has unveiled six original short films, pilots and webisodes as this year's finalists. They will be recognized at the festival's finale screening and awards ceremony on October 24, 2018 at the Director's Guild of America in Hollywood.
Deadline, Sept. 8)
This blows past previous high water marks — in the past two decades, there have been only two instances of multiple wins for black guest actors — in 2003 and 2014. Both times two of the four winners were people of color.
LA Times, Sept. 5
WarnerMedia, the parent company of Hollywood studio Warner Bros., announced Wednesday a company-wide policy aimed at increasing diversity and inclusion in front of and behind the camera. The initiative, established in partnership with actor Michael B. Jordan, is to apply to all productions going forward, beginning with Jordan’s “Just Mercy.”
Hollywood Reporter, Sept. 9
The unexpected box-office success of three summer titles — 'Won't You Be My Neighbor?,' 'Three Identical Strangers' and 'RBG' — is fueling a resurgence in the genre as audiences search for a Trump-free zone and "an alternative to the blockbusters."
LA Times, Sept. 7
The news that “Crazy Rich Asians” had become the most successful romantic comedy in nearly a decade inspired, I confess, not just happiness but relief. For months, my group chats had hummed with anticipation about the first blockbuster in a while to feature an Asian cast and story line.
Hollywood Reporter, Sept. 5
IThe Hollywood Reporter gathers the female directors behind deep dives into such topics as Bill Clinton's impeachment, Roger Ailes and Julian Assange for a candid conversation about persistent gender bias, the new demand for nonfiction and how to corner cagey subjects: "We’re detectives."
Hollywood, Sept. 4
Netflix has hired Disney vet Christie Fleischer as its global head of consumer products. In the new role, she will oversee retail and licensee partnerships, publishing, interactive games, merchandising and experiential events. Fleischer, who will begin her job Tuesday in Los Angeles..
Deadline, Sept. 4
Two productions, he said, “chose to shut their doors for the next two days, and one production went home early. Everybody’s taking precautions. Safety is first. We’ve been through this before.”
Variety, Sept. 4
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation will present this year’s Artists Inspiration Awards to Harrison Ford and Lady Gaga at its third annual Patron of the Artists Awards. The event will be held on Nov. 8 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.
The IATSE Women’s Committee is working with the Coalition of Labor Union Women and Healthy Women on a campaign called “Spread the Word” to disperse helpful health information to women.
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