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WGA West’s 2018 Feature Writer Access Project Honorees Set

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Two minorities, one woman and three writers age 60 and older are this year's honorees for the WGA West's Feature Writer Access Project, the guild's screenwriting program for women, minority, disabled, older and LGBTQ+ writers. Now in its sixth year, the program seeks to identify outstanding historically underrepresented writers and make their scripts available to entertainment industry decision-makers — including producers, studio executives, agents and managers — to help… Read


Fox DP Lab Announces Inaugural Class Of Eight Female Cinematographers

The “inaugural class” of eight female cinematographers participating in the first-ever Fox DP Lab program were announced today (see entire list below). The lab, sponsored by 21st Century Fox and the American Film Institute, is designed to expand opportunities for female cinematographers by connecting participants with working professionals. The lab takes place today and tomorrow on the Fox lot in Los Angeles. Participants will visit the sets of Fox-produced comedies Speech… Read


New Hollywood Podcast: Amandla Stenberg Talks ‘The Hate U Give’, Code Switching And Using Your Voice

The term “woke” is being thrown around casually these days. There are times when the use of the word is warranted and other times when it is just used as fashionable rhetoric as a veneer to make you look socially aware. But if there is one actress who embodies the term, it’s Amandla Stenberg — but her advocacy and activism aren’t forced, precious or trendy. It’s quiet, effortlessly authentic, thoughtful and reflected in her work and her voice…which is very similar to her… Read


WGA West Blasts Trump Administration’s Latest Attack On Transgender Rights

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The WGA West has blasted the Donald Trump administration’s latest assault on transgender rights, calling its proposal to remove their federally protected status an “attack on the civil rights of transgender and gender-nonconforming people." The Supreme Court recently was asked to hear a case challenging whether civil rights laws that prohibit sex discrimination in employment also extend to transgender workers. "The Trump administration has taken another step in its… Read


‘Vaya’ Director Akin Omotoso On Bringing Empathy And Authenticity To Filmmaking

Filmmaker Akin Omotoso’s latest film Vaya first premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2016 to critical praise and continued to make its rounds around the festival circuit and earned him the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Director before landing at Ava DuVernay’s Array. The film is set for a screening tour and a simultaneous Netflix release today but none of this would have never happened because Omotoso initially wanted to be…a lawyer. Omotoso tells… Read


NBC Opens Submissions For 2019-2020 Scripted Directing Programs

NBC has issued a call for submissions for the 2019-20 classes of its scripted directing programs, Female Forward and the Emerging Director Program. Both pipeline programs are designed to increase diverse representation in episodic directing. Female Forward aims to achieve gender parity in the director's chair, while the Emerging Director Program focuses on ethnically diverse men and gender non-binary talent. They are both part of the tent pole initiatives within the NBC Ta… Read


‘Boy Erased’ Author Garrard Conley Talks Joel Edgerton’s Openness To Tell His Story; Need For Diverse LGBTQ Narratives

Author Garrard Conley ruminated and waited nearly a decade to write his memoir Boy Erased, which chronicled the details of his experiences in gay conversion therapy. Now, his story is the basis of a Focus Feature feature film directed and written by Joel Edgerton and starring Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, and Russell Crowe. The film has already gained traction in the awards season race and for Conley, it was less about the Hollywood of it all and more about the opportunity… Read


New Hollywood Podcast: Charmaine Bingwa Represents A New Wave Of LGBTQ People Of Color In Hollywood

Australian/Zimbabwean actress Charmaine Bingwa’s star is on the ascent. After appearing alongside Monica Bellucci in Nekrotronic and creating, writing, co-directing and starring in her own web series Little Sista, Bingwa recently became the first woman of color to be honored as the 10th winner of the coveted Heath Ledger Scholarship, which offers assistance for young and emerging Australian actors to kick-start their careers, break into Hollywood or train internationally… Read


Caitlyn Jenner Says She Was Wrong About Donald Trump’s LGBQT Stance

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Caitlyn Jenner said in an editorial published Thursday in the Washington Post that she was wrong about believing in Donald Trump would protect LGBTQ community when he became President, calling her hope in him “misplaced” after reports surfaced last week that his administration is discussing a plan to redefine the definition of gender at the federal level. “The leader of our nation has shown no regard for an already marginalized and struggling community,” wrote Jenner, who… Read


Nielsen Reporting To Identify Same Gender Spouse And Partner Audiences

In an effort to give the industry more insight into the LGBTQ community and contribute to the changing landscape of midea when it comes to diversity, Nielsen announced Thursday morning that it will expand its reporting capabilities to identify same gender spouses and partners and their households. Nielsen worked with GLAAD in this new effort to reflect LGBTQ inclusion and representation in its industry-leading panels. This includes evaluating recruiting and classification… Read


GLAAD Report Shows Record-High LGBTQ Representation On TV In 2018 With People Of Color Leading The Charge

GLAAD released their annual “Where We Are on TV” report for the 2018-2019 TV season Thursday morning and the numbers showed a record-high percentage of LGBTQ regular characters on broadcast TV, with LGBTQ people of color outnumbering white LGBTQ people for the first time. Now in its 23rd year, details of the report were announced during an event with GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis as well as a panel discussion that included writer, director and producer Greg Berl… Read


New Hollywood Podcast: Steven Yeun Talks His First Korean-Speaking Role In ‘Burning’, Life After ‘The Walking Dead’

Steven Yeun may be best known for his role as Glenn Rhee on The Walking Dead, but since the tragic death of his character (if you read the comics, you knew it was coming), he has been leaning into very genre-driven projects that have shown his range. From voice acting to the environmental drama Okja to Boots Riley’s mind-bending comedy Sorry to Bother You (by the way, he has experience in improv) to his most recent role in the high-profile Lee Chang-dong South Korean… Read