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‘Scandal’ Family of Actors, Writers, Producers React To Series Finale

After seven years of intrigue, Scandal bid farewell this evening. It debuted on ABC on April 5, 2012 as a Shonda Rhimes-created political thriller, with Kerry Washington starring as Olivia Pope, the head of a crisis management firm. Needless to say, the show title reflects that the firm was plenty busy. Tonight’s show was memorialized online by the team that made it one of the most popular on TV.  Here are some of the comments already posted: Fun fact: I started… Read


New York City Launches $5 Million Grant Initiative For Women In Film & Theater

New York City’s Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment has announced what it calls a groundbreaking series of initiatives targeting the underrepresentation of women in the entertainment industries, including the establishment of a $5 million fund to provide grants supporting film and theater projects for and about women. "Women are not a niche market,” said MOME Commissioner Julie Menin. “It's incredibly discouraging that while women comprise 52% of the city's… Read


GLAAD Media Awards Champions LGBTQ Unity; Empowers “Together Movement”

The 29th annual GLAAD Media Awards took place tonight in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton to honor media for fair, accurate and inclusive representations of LGBTQ people and issues. The ceremony champions the LGBTQ community and its allies, but tonight’s ceremony seemed extra special as an ongoing theme of the evening of unity and visibility shined strongly in the divisive darkness of the current social climate and presidential administration. The ceremony kicked off… Read


GLAAD Media Awards Honors ‘This Is Us’ As Outstanding Drama Series

The 29th GLAAD Media Awards named NBC’s This Is Us as outstanding drama and Disney’s Andi Mack as outstanding kids & family programming as two highlights of its annual event, held Thursday night at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles.  Recipients were announced in 12 of this year’s 25 media categories. The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of the LGBTQ community and the issues that affect their lives… Read


Firelight Media Documentary Lab Announces Open Call For Submissions From Underrepresented Communities

The Firelight Media announced today a national open call for submissions for its Documentary Lab program. The fellowship supports filmmakers from racially and ethnically underrepresented communities working on their first or second feature-length documentary film. In an effort to bring more inclusion and diversity to the filmmaking industry, the Documentary Lab is an 18-month program that provides filmmakers with customized mentorship from prominent leaders in the… Read


CAA & GLAAD Host Creators Summit To Push For Increased LGBTQ Storytelling


CAA and GLAAD are teaming to launch the Creators Summit, a daylong function aiming to increase authentic, inclusive representation of the LGBTQ community in entertainment.  The event, which will take place April 7,  features panels and presentations to offer insight and resources on how to better support the visibility of LGBTQ characters, themes, and issues on screen and throughout the creative process. The invited audience of entertainment figures who identify as LGBTQ… Read


Steven Spielberg: It May Be Time For A Female ‘Indiana Jones’

Steven Spielberg Indiana Jones

Director Steven Spielberg says action star Indiana Jones, indelibly branded by Harrison Ford in the film franchise, may be ripe for a change. In an interview with British media outlet The Sun, Spielberg said it was time the explorer took “a different form,” nodding in affirmation when asked if that meant a woman. "We'd have to change the name from Jones to Joan,” Spielberg said. “And there would be nothing wrong with that." He acknowledged that some fans might be angry at… Read


Women’s Media Summit Draws Hollywood Gender Equality Activists

Some of Hollywood’s leading gender equality activists will take part in the second annual Women’s Media Summit, including keynote speaker Dr. Stacy Smith, producer Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni, and attorney Kalpana Kotagal — the co-creators of Hollywood’s "inclusion rider.” The summit will be held April 5-7 in Provincetown, Ma. Smith, founder and director of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative at the USC/Annenberg School of Journalism, first proposed the adoption of "inclusion… Read


Cate Blanchett, Chris Hemsworth & Many More Back #MakeItAustralian Campaign To Protect Oz Industry

Cate Blanchett, Joel Edgerton and Chris Hemsworth are among more than 200 Australian actors, directors, screenwriters, producers and other film and TV talent who have signed an open letter to the Oz government on behalf of the #MakeItAustralian campaign. In the face of “a deluge of overseas content,” the movement calls on federal parliamentarians to protect the local biz by committing to a diversity of quality Australian content for Australian and international… Read


‘Into The Badlands’ Debuts Season 3 Trailer; Cast & Creator Talk Show’s Inclusivity – Wondercon

Wondercon went Into The Badlands on Saturday morning. The AMC series took the dais with stars Daniel Wu (who was sporting a “Straight Outta The Badlands” T-shirt), Lorraine Toussaint, and Nick Frost along with showrunner Alfred Gough to talk about the upcoming season, but more than that, it talked about the groundbreaking inclusivity of the acclaimed show. Moderated by journalist Jeff Yang, the panel started off with a new trailer for season three (which debuts on Sunday… Read


NBC’s Diverse Late Night Writers Program Names 2018 Class

NBC has named the 2018 class for its Late Night Writers Workshop, an initiative dedicated to discovering and developing late night and sketch comedy writers of diverse backgrounds. Chosen from among more than 1,000 applicants, Alyssa Feller, Jonathan Giles, Michael Hartney, John Mahone, Cameron Smith, Natasha Vaynblat and Bryan Yang will participate in an intensive six-day program this month that will ready them to be staff writers on late-night and sketch-comedy… Read


‘The Crown’ Producers Apologize To Claire Foy, Matt Smith Over Salary Storm

The Crown

Left Bank Pictures, producer of Netflix’s The Crown, has issued a statement apologizing to Claire Foy and Matt Smith for fallout from comments made last week about the salaries of the series’ stars. The actors “have found themselves at the center of a media storm this week through no fault of their own,” Left Bank said. During a panel at the INTV conference in Jerusalem last week, Crown exec producer Suzanne Mackie spoke to Deadline’s Peter White about gender pay equality… Read