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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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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A New Canon: In Pop Music, Women Belong At The Center Of The Story : NPR

A few years ago, my friend Jill Sternheimer and I started a conversation one night while driving around the streets of New Orleans. Both of us are music nerds, and we regularly attend the kinds of musical retrospectives that have become common in this age of historical exploration via tribute shows and historical playlists. Jill, in fact, often organizes such shows at Lincoln Center Out of Doors, where she is the director of public programs. I sometimes write about them, and often ponder how music history’s being recorded and revised in the digital age. Why, we wondered, was the importance of women so often recognized as a trend instead of a source of lasting impact? We came to a conclusion that, in 2017, will likely strike no one as a surprise: that the general history of popular music is told through the great works of men, and that without a serious revision of the canon, women will always remain on the margins.

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Turning The Tables: The 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women : NPR

This is a follow up to the Previous Post: A New Canon: In Pop Music, Women Belong At The Center Of The Story : NPR

This list, of the greatest albums made by women between 1964 and the present, is an intervention, a remedy, a correction of the historical record and hopefully the start of a new conversation. Compiled by nearly 50 women from across NPR and the public radio system and produced in partnership with Lincoln Center, it rethinks popular music to put women at the center.

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A-list female stars flock to TV for better roles | GulfNews.com

Forget playing “the girlfriend” or “the mum.” Television is proving an embarrassment of riches for women thanks to complex, original characters and female-centric plots that are attracting Oscar-calibre movie stars to the small screen.

Once regarded as the step child to Hollywood movies, A-list actors like Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Susan Sarandon are flocking to TV series, and jostling for this year’s Emmy awards.

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New images and untold Disney stories in “Ink and Paint: The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation” to debut at D23 Expo 2017

Set to debut at D23 Expo 2017, “Ink and Paint” was years in the making. Johnson gathered information for the book by interviewing the family members of women who worked at Walt Disney Animation. Some of the unseen pictures and documents were literally found hidden under beds of relatives of these former Disney employees.

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Are D-FW theater groups fair to women playwrights?  | Theater | Dallas News

Gender parity has been a growing issue across the nation. A  study  released June 27 by Actors Equity shows that women find fewer work opportunities and draw lower salaries than their white male counterparts. The study  examined employment data for shows that opened between 2013 and 2015. It is in line with an article in the Oct. 16 edition of American Theatre that notes that women wrote just 26 percent of plays in the 2015-16 season. Add to that the preponderance of roles for men in the classic canon, and

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