Secret Meeting Of Industry Leaders Proposes 4-Point Program To Battle Gender Bias

A tip two-day assembly of 44 of Hollywood’s tip movers and shakers has come adult with a four-point devise “for elucidate a gender relation emanate that plagues Hollywood.” The meeting, hold Oct 14-15 though usually now entrance to light, was hosted by Women in Film and a Sundance Institute during a Pacific Design Center in LA.

The four-point plan includes gender disposition training, a sponsor/protégé program, an envoy module to widespread the word that a attention is critical about change and a “gender relation stamp” to be placed on films and TV shows that welcome gender equality.

“We are during an economic, amicable and informative tipping indicate and tolerable change is within reach,” pronounced Cathy Schulman, boss of Women in Film Los Angeles. “The time to act is now. Hollywood is surprisingly late in entrance to this celebration and this is a time for conversion.”

Said Keri Putnam, Executive Director of Sundance Institute: “The time is right to accumulate attention care and start to residence these obstacles. The joining from participants creates me trust that a attention is prepared to try real, discernible solutions that emanate some-more opportunities for women.”

The four-point plan:

• Advocate “Unconscious Bias” training opposite a industry. Leaders in other businesses have dynamic that comatose disposition creates blind spots and leads to missed marketplace opportunities, and also hinders entrance to profitable consumer segments tying profits. Creating some-more calm for women and people of tone is not usually about equality; it also creates good business sense. An consultant Unconscious Bias teacher will be comparison to work with executives and creatives opposite a industry.

● Develop and launch a Gender Parity Stamp to commend films and radio shows — as good as prolongation companies, networks and studios — that uncover quantifiable swell to achieving gender equity. Mirrored on a successful work by LGBT advocates and a PGA’s writer mark, this approval for certain swell will be a manifest identifier for companies that have prioritized equal gender employing use and have financed or upheld business opportunities for women in front of and behind a camera.

● Sponsor/Protégé Program. This high-level commander module will brand gifted early-to-mid career womanlike film and TV directors for a year-long training and brotherhood program, and span them with advocates opposite a attention who will actively assistance them pierce to a subsequent level. While many particular companies have training programs, this singular module will capacitate a protégé to work opposite opposite networks, studios and agencies. With a support and appearance of executives opposite a industry, this module will prominence women comparison by a row of leaders and assure they have a tools, relationships, and bearing to launch and means their careers.

● Ambassadors from a attention leaders during a assembly will widespread a word about a solutions to studios, networks and agencies. Crucially, a participants have committed to staying concerned in a plan and will enroll an ever-growing organisation of advocates to work inside their organizations on articulating a business box for creation changes in enlightenment and practices to sinecure some-more women and people of color.

The participants enclosed attention leaders – both group and women — from a studios, networks, distributors, guilds and agencies, as good as high-profile writers, directors and producers (see the full list below). They began by reviewing a obstacles women face in Hollywood, as identified by 4 years of investigate conducted by a Sundance Institute/Women in Film Los Angeles and a USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism. The assembly resolved with proposals to mislay those barriers and to assistance womanlike filmmakers pierce adult a attention ladder.

One of a participants, Erik Feig, co-president of Lionsgate, said: “As someone who has professionally and creatively severely benefited from women as protagonists, directors, producers, writers, associate executives and audiences, gender relation has always seemed like a many win-win idea for anyone in a party attention so removing behind this design was a really easy preference for me.”

The two-day consider tank was led by Carolyn Buck Luce and Rob Evans, a consultant facilitation group during Imaginal Labs., who have worked with comparison executives from 40 of a Fortune 100 companies and designed breakthrough strategies for women’s enrichment with such companies as Google, Goldman Sachs, Time Warner, NBC Universal, Bloomberg and Intel.

Here are a participants during a meeting:

Adriana Alberghetti
Agent and partner, WME

Stephanie Allain
Producer and former Senior Vice President of Production, Columbia Pictures

Victoria Alonso
Executive Vice President of Physical Production, Marvel Studios

Len Amato
President, HBO Films

Darla Anderson
Producer, PGA Board of Directors

Chris Andrews
Agent, CAA

Rowena Arguelles
Agent, CAA

Bonnie Arnold
Co-President, Dreamworks Animation

Glen Basner
CEO of FilmNation

Maria Bello
Actor, activist, author and producer

Andrea Berloff
Screenwriter, WGA Board of Directors

Cindy Chupack
Writer-producer

Maha Dahkil
Agent, CAA

Mike De Luca
Producer, former executive during Sony, New Line and Dreamworks

Zanne Devine
Executive Vice President of Film and Television, Miramax

Cassian Elwes
Producer and former representative and Head of William Morris Independent

Erik Feig
Co-President, Lionsgate

Sid Ganis
Former executive during Sony Pictures, Lucasfilm, Warner Bros. and Paramount and former President of a Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences

Liz Gateley
Executive Vice President, Head of Programming, Lifetime Television

Micah Green
Agent and Co-Head of Film Finance, CAA

Catherine Hardwicke
Director

Nina Jacobson
Producer and former President of Walt Disney Motion Picture Group

Charles King
Founder of MACRO and former representative and partner, WME

Jenji Kohan
TV array creator

Sue Kroll
President of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures

Franklin Leonard
Founder of The Black List, former executive during Universal and during a prolongation companies of Will Smith, Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella, Leonardo DiCaprio and John Goldwyn

Linda Lichter
Founding law partner of Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler Feldman

Alix Madigan
Head of Creative Affairs, Broad Green Pictures

Zola Mashariki
Executive Vice President, Head of Original Programming during BET Networks, former Senior Vice President, Fox Searchlight

Glen Mazzara
TV creator and showrunner, co-chair of a WGA’s Diversity Advisory Group

Hannah Minghella
President, Tristar Pictures and former President, Columbia Pictures

Bruna Papandrea
Producer and co-founder of Pacific Standard

Kimberly Peirce
Writer-director, Western Council and National Board Member, DGA

Lydia Dean Pilcher
Producer and Vice President, PGA

Gigi Pritzker
CEO of OddLot Entertainment and Board Trustee, Sundance Institute

Keri Putnam
Executive Director, Sundance Institute

Howard Rodman
President, WGA West

Rena Ronson
Agent, partner and Head of a Independent Film Group, UTA

Michelle Satter
Founding Director, Sundance Institute Feature Film Program

Cathy Schulman
Head of Production, STX Entertainment, President, Women In Film Los Angeles and Board Member, Film Independent

Stacy Smith
Director of Media, Diversity Social Change Initiative, USC and author of Women In Film/Sundance Institute research

Mimi Steinbauer
President and CEO, Radiant Films International

Robin Swicord
Screenwriter, Governor for a Writers Branch of a Academy and Chair of a Nicholl Fellowship

Paula Wagner
Producer and co-founder ofCruise/Wagner Productions; former CEO, United Artists; Board Member, PGA

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