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New Hollywood Podcast: ‘Insecure’ Star Yvonne Orji Talks Being Authentic In Hollywood And The “Lawrence Hive”

In the new season of InsecureYvonne Orji’s Molly is having quite a year. She’s single. She’s has a new job. She went to Coachella. Everything seems to be going OK for her, but when you focus in on the character, things aren’t exactly the best…but they aren’t the worst. Molly is just living her life and doing some major adulting right now — and Orji came by the New Hollywood Podcast to unpack all of it. Well, not all of it, but most of it. A stand-up comedian, actress… Read

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Hollywood Pay Equity Summit Will Address Gender Wage Discrimination

As calls for pay equity mount, a panel discussion and town hall meeting is being planned "to confront the longstanding practices of gender pay discrimination in Hollywood." The Pay Equity Summit, to be held September 29 at the Animation Guild in Burbank, follows the formation the #ReelEquity coalition, which is calling on Hollywood "to end outdated and unfair compensation practices and make meaningful changes within the industry." Organized by Women in Media and IATSE… Read

Awardsline

Emmys: Wins By Network & Program

Netflix edged HBO for the most trophies for any network or streaming service — seven to six — during the 70th annual Primetime Emmy Awards telecast Monday night in Los Angeles. FX and Amazon’s Prime Video tied for third with five apiece. No other network managed more than one. Counting the Creative Arts Emmys that were handed out earlier this month, Netflix and HBO tied with 23 wins, followed by NBC’s 15. See the complete list of network wins below. The big winner among… Read

TV

Maya Rudolph Talks Being Hair-Shamed On ‘Saturday Night Live’, Playing Non-Race Specific Characters

From Donatella Versace to Oprah Winfrey, Maya Rudolph is known for her wide array of impersonations on Saturday Night Live. She has since been in numerous films and TV series including Forever, which debuted on Amazon this week. In a recent interview with the New York Times MagazineRudolph opened up about how her mixed-race heritage has affected her career — specifically with her hair. During the interview, Rudolph, the daughter of soul singer Minnie Riperton and… Read

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Watchdog Group Wants More Asian/Pacific Islanders On CBS’ ‘Magnum, P.I.’

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The Media Action Network for Asian Americans is condemning CBS' upcoming reboot of Magnum P.I. for featuring too few Asian/Pacific Islanders and is calling on the show's executive producer, Peter Lenkov, to be replaced. Lenkov, who is CBS' most prolific writer-producer, also is the EP on Hawaii Five-0, another reboot set in the Aloha State that MANAA says has been "white-washed." A spokesperson for the network said: “While we respect the work that MANAA does to foster… Read

TV

Study Finds Direct Link Between Gender Of TV Creators And Roles For Women

A new study has found a direct link between the gender of the creators and executive producers of TV shows and the number of women they employ on screen and behind the scenes. The report found that shows with at least one female creator were twice as likely to hire female directors; nearly three times as likely to employ female writers, and half-again as likely to hire female editors as shows with exclusively male creators. The report from Dr. Martha Lauzen and the Center… Read

Film

NBCUniversal Short Film Festival Unveils Finalists, Sets Record For Female Representation

The finalists for the 13th Annual NBCUniversal Short Film Festival were announced Monday with the fest setting a record for female representation in front of and behind the camera. The finalists will be recognized at an awards ceremony Oct. 24 at the Director’s Guild of America in Hollywood where their short films will be screened. Known for celebrating diverse storytelling and storytellers, the NBCUniversal Short Film Festival finalists explore race relations, women’s… Read

TV

Study Shows Bleak Middle Eastern & North African Representation, Reinforced Stereotypes On Primetime TV

Representation and inclusion on TV appear to be on the steady uptick, but a closer look shows that progress is a minuscule move of the needle. We are seeing more black, Latino and Asian representation, but as we look deeper into specific portrayals within these ethnicities and races we have seen a stagnant pool of stereotypes — especially with regard to Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) actors. According to a new study presented by MENA Arts Advocacy Coalition… Read

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‘Jane’s Ellen Kuras On Lack Of Female Cinematographers In The Industry: “People Are Looking To Diversify” – Emmys

Jane cinematographer Ellen Kuras won for Outstanding Cinematography on the National Geographic documentary about the titular primatologist Jane Goodall and backstage, she addressed the lack of females in the field. She said that there were a “handful of women in the field” when she first started in the industry. “It’s so different back then,” she adds. “We didn’t have role models and very few opportunities.” Kuras said that the reason for this was the assumption that… Read

breakingFilm

USC Report Again Finds Most Film Critics Are White Men; Urges Studios To Press News Orgs For Change

A new report from USC's Dr. Stacy Smith on the race and gender of film critics is urging the major studios to press news organizations to create a more diverse pool of critics to review their movies. The report, based on the reviews of the 300 top-grossing films from 2015 to 2017 as posted on the Rotten Tomatoes, found that only 21.3% of 59,751 reviews were written by female critics, while 78.7% were penned by male critics – a gender ratio of 3.7 male reviewers to every 1… Read

Business

WarnerMedia Unveils Company-Wide Diversity And Inclusion Policy, From Film To TV

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AT&T’s newly branded WarnerMedia, which encompasses Warner Bros, Turner and HBO, has taken the wraps off a a companywide policy outlining its commitment to diversity and inclusion both in front and behind the camera on its film, TV and digital output. The first project to fall under the new guidelines announced today is Just Mercy, Warner Bros’ Destin Daniel Cretton-directed pic starring Michael B. Jordan, which begins production this week in Atlanta. Jordan, an executive… Read

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Disney|ABC TV’s Directing Program Sets Class Of 2018-20

Disney|ABC Television has revealed the list of 15 people selected to participate in its 2018-20 directing program. The two-year professional program aims to connect experienced helmers on the cusp of transitioning into episodic directing with their first broadcast or cable assignments. This newly named group includes indie film directors Maria Burton (A Sort of Homecoming), Pablo Gomez-Castro (El Alquiler), Stephanie Martin (Wild Horses) and Marshall Tyler (Night… Read