Women in TV: CW Aims to Close the Gender Gap With New Shows ‘Valiant’ and ‘The She World’

When it comes to TV and film, men haven’t just dominated the screen, they’ve also been at the helm of executive, directing and writing positions for years. Of the overall behind-the-scenes roles—like writers, executive producers, producers, editors and cinematographers—women only accounted for roughly 17 percent of the industry in 2016, according to Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film 19th annual Celluloid Ceiling report.

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Can’t see the solar eclipse? Tune in online or on TV – ABC News

Ronald Dantowitz has been looking forward to Monday’s solar eclipse for nearly 40 years.

An astronomer who specializes in solar imaging, he’s been photographing eclipses for more than three decades, and will be using 14 cameras to capture the Aug. 21 celestial event. The cameras have solar filters to capture the eclipse in its partial phases, along with custom modifications that can photograph the corona and light wavelengths that are invisible to the human eye, allowing scientists to view and study the sun’s temperature and composition in a way only possible during a total eclipse, he said.

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Binge-watching television leads to fatigue, poor sleep in young adults, says study

Binge-watching television can cause poorer sleep quality, more fatigue, and increased insomnia in young adults, a study has found.

The findings suggest that the mechanism explaining this relationship is increased cognitive alertness resulting from binge-watching.

Researchers found that more than 80 per cent of young adults identified themselves as a binge-watcher, with 20.2 per cent of them binge-watching at least a few times a week in the previous month.

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Disney’s Streaming Dreams: How Disruptive Is Its New Netflix-Style Strategy, Really? | Variety

The Mouse House is moving to cut the cord: Disney plans to launch at least two direct-to-consumer streaming subscription services, for ESPN and Disney movies and TV shows, in the next two years.But right now, it’s not clear how dramatic the change will be for Disney as a whole. More than anything, it looks like a hedge against declining pay-TV subs — a desire to better control over its destiny in a streaming world.

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HBO’s Game of Thrones Season 7: Medieval scholars are finding the show’s historical roots — Quartz

Of all Monday morning Game of Thrones recaps, one of the most delightfully esoteric can be found on the Instagram and Tumblr accounts of the Getty museum in Los Angeles.

Since the start of the HBO show’s fourth season in 2014, assistant curator of medieval manuscripts Bryan C. Keene has recapped every episode with 10 images or objects corresponding to its themes.

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JAY-Z’s ‘Friends’-Spoofing ‘Moonlight’ Clip & More Music Videos Inspired by TV Shows | Billboard

Music videos might not dominate television airwaves anymore, but TV has infiltrated music videos.

In fact, a fair amount of videos have taken inspiration from TV shows, including Friday’s (Aug. 4) latest JAY-Z visual for “Moonlight,” which recasts the classic sitcom Friends with a buzzy string of actors, including Insecure’s Issa Rae and comedian Hannibal Buress.

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NBC Developing New Music Reality Series | Deadline

With the new show, NBC is looking to do for people who love to make music the same it did for dancers with World Of Dance. Telegdy declined to discuss specifics about the new series as they are still being honed in, but noted that it will carry “the NBC reality brand pillars: humor, heart, courage.” It also is expected to incorporate the way music is distributed and consumed these days, migrating from CDs to digital downloads and streaming.

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Nicole Kidman and Jessica Lange Get Real About Why So Many Actresses are Turning to TV | W Magazine

Though television was once perceived as the last resort of fading film actors, in the past five years, it’s pulled an increasingly high-profile roster of Hollywood talent into its ranks. First, it was anthology series like Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story, which allowed actors like Jessica Lange to experiment with a rotating roster of characters from season to season. Cable programmers like HBO, Cinemax, and Showtime have also offered immense creative freedom to actors and directors like Clive Owen and St

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Amazon, Netflix and righting the wrongs of television’s gender problem

This is a really great article.

“Regular” TV developers need to read this & learn something.  Having courage to embrace new ideas from someone other than the typical show  developer not only creates more interesting content, but it also is beginning to dominate the market.

Consumers aren’t all one color, one gender, one age bracket, one “anything” – we come in a wide variety of descriptions and we like our entertainment content to reflect that.

Traditional film & TV green-lighters need to learn to get some courage or get out of the industry – or this time it will be YOU left behind instead of a third or more of your potential audience.  When we are given the “choice” of quality content featuring a wide variety of POVs & characters & story lines – we embrace the variety.  We don’t want the same old recycled stories & characters as our only choice.

Get with the program – or get out of the industry.

Netflix will spend $6 billion on original content in 2017. Between them, Amazon, Hulu and Netflix have scored 125 Emmy nominations this year. The message is clear: Subscription Video on Demand (SVoD) is no longer the new kid on the block. And it is this blooming platform which is starting to turn the traditionally male-dominated world of television production on its head.

Every year, reports on industry employment reveal how women are underrepresented on the writers’ credits in television. In the US and the UK, women’s share of television employment has remained at under 30%. Women showrunners (creators, executive producers and writers) account for only 22% of showrunners in the US. Women of colour make up just 4%. Once the bothersome newcomer in the entertainment market, subscription streaming services are shaking up the system and showing their more traditional rivals how innovation can lead to market dominance.

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Game of Thrones-inspired festival coming to Ontario town | CBC Books

The creators behind the Festival of Wizardry, a weekend celebrating the world of Harry Potter, are bringing a Game of Thrones-inspired festival to Blyth, Ont. in Huron County.

The Festival of Thrones is for fans of medieval fantasy, like George R.R. Martin’s series-turned-television show Game of Thrones and Patrick Rothfuss’ The Name of the Wind.

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