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Women In Film L.A. Sets Nine Finishing Fund Recipients

Women In Film, Los Angeles has revealed the recipients of its 33rd annual Film Finishing Fund, which awards cash grants and production services to complete works-in-progress films that are by or about women. A total of nine grantees were chosen by an industry jury for the calendar year 2018. This edition’s crop emerged from 390 feature-length narrative films, documentaries and shorts, submitted from 22 countries. "The 2018 grantees tackle some of society's most pressing… Read


‘White Like Her’ Optioned For TV Series By FGW Productions

EXCLUSIVE: The bestselling book White Like Herauthor Gail Lukasik’s personal exploration about her mother’s decision to hide her African American heritage and pass for white, has been optioned by FGW Productions (Who Killed Tupac?)White Like Her will be adapted as a dramatic TV series. The book, published last year by Skyhorse Publishing, was inspired by Lukasik’s appearance on PBS’ Genealogy Roadshow. Vowed to secrecy until her mother’s death, Lukasik revealed on… Read


Women In Animation Chief Pens Open Letter On John Lasseter Hire

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Reactions among women’s advocacy groups in Hollywood was swift after last week’s news that John Lasseter had been hired to run David Ellison’s Skydance Animation, this after the creative force behind Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios was forced to exit Disney because of accusations of sexual misconduct over the years. Women In Animation’s president Marge Dean waited to weigh in until today, the same day Lasseter faced his new staff in a Skydance Animation town hall… Read


NFL Launches Its Players Coalition Social Justice Program, ‘Inspire Change’

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The National Football League has created a social justice platform, Inspire Change, fulfilling a promised part of the league’s effort to calm the waters following last year’s national anthem protests by players. The NFL announced the initiative Friday, emphasizing its commitment to education, economic development and community and police relations. The league will provide funding to grassroots organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and Operation… Read


WBTVG Directors’ Workshop Taking Submissions For Class of 2019

It’s that time of year again: Submissions are open for the 2019 class of the Warner Bros. Television Group Directors' Workshop. The deadline to apply is February 7. Established in 2013, the workshop’s mandate is to discover new and innovative talent, prepare directors from other creative fields — motion pictures, commercials, music videos, shortform video, etc. — for the transition to television and provide increased opportunities for female directors and directors from… Read


New Hollywood Podcast: Michael B. Jordan Talks How ‘Black Panther’ Shifted Hollywood’s Idea Of Representation

It’s the 50th episode of the New Hollywood Podcast, so we decided to celebrate this milestone with a very special guest: the one, the only Michael B. Jordan. The Black Panther star stopped by to talk about his turn as Erik Killmonger who is considered a villain of the Marvel film, but, in all honesty, he does bring up some good points when it comes to cultural identity. As one of the most groundbreaking films of the year, Black Panther was a significant cultural moment… Read


BAFTA Nominations: Notable Omissions, Diversity Efforts & Netflix’s Best Year Yet

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Yorgos Lanthimos' The Favourite lived up to its name in the nominations for the BAFTA Film Awards which were unveiled this morning in London. The twisted look inside the court of Queen Anne is the leader at 12 mentions including for Best Film, Best British Film, Director, Original Screenplay, Actress (Golden Globe winner Olivia Colman) and Supporting Actress (Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz). The Favourite recently swept the British Independent Film Awards and had been… Read


Darren Criss Says “It’s A Great Privilege” To Be First First Filipino American To Win Golden Globe

Darren Criss earned a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series for his role as the real-life serial Andrew Cunanan in Ryan Murphy’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. Like Cunanan, Criss is half white and half Filipino, but it should be said that is probably the only thing the two have in common. Backstage, after he won his trophy and the FX series won for Best Television Limited Series, Criss addressed being the first… Read


Golden Globes Red Carpet: Celebrities Reflect On Time’s Up One Year Later

It’s been one year since the Time’s Up launched at the Golden Globes with actresses and actors wearing all black and pins in support of the movement that fought against sexual harassment and called for change. This year, the movement continued on the Golden Globes red carpet with stars like Charlize Theron and Amber Heard donning Time’s Up ribbons and bracelets designed by Oscar-nominated costume designer Arianne Phillip. Deadline talked to actors, actresses, and… Read


Record Number Of Black Directors Helmed Top-Grossing Films In 2018, Annenberg Study Finds

As Hollywood moves at a glacial pace towards representation and inclusion in film and TV, the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative is here to shed some light on the issue and is leading the charge when it comes to unpacking specifics when it comes to the progress of diversity in front of and behind the camera. Just in time for the new year, they released a new study that saw a dramatic uptick in Black directors who helmed movies in the 100 top-grossing films of… Read


NAACP Image Awards Sets First Live Broadcast From Dolby Via TV One

The NAACP Image Awards will be televised live from the Dolby Theater for the first time. TV One will air the 50th annual event on March 30 from the Hollywood venue. Nominations for the 50th NAACP Image Awards will be announced in February. The live television announcement was made today by Leon W. Russell, the NAACP national board of directors chairman; Derrick Johnson, the NAACP president and CEO; ,Alfred Liggins, chief executive officer Urban One, Inc. and chairman/CEO… Read