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‘Seven Seconds’ Creator Veena Sud On How Lack Of Asian American Representation Influenced Her Career

As Hollywood attempts to move the needle more and more on the gauge of diversity and inclusion, Veena Sud is doing her part to make sure that she is …

Sex and the City

Panel of Top Female TV Directors on Breaking Barriers – Variety

The numbers tell the story: In the past television season, women accounted for 21% of episodic TV directors — 16% white and a mere 5% women of color. …

Comic Books

MACRO, Lena Waithe, Eva Longoria & The Black List Unveil Episodic Lab For People Of Color

MACRO founder and CEO Charles D. King, Emmy winner Lena Waithe, Eva Longoria, and The Black List’s Franklin Leonard are paying it forward. The …

Donald Bellisario

Donald Belisario on pitching <i>Quantum Leap</i> to Brandon Tartikoff<p>01:13<p>Donald Belisario on recreating his father's bar for the final episode of <i>Quantum Leap</i><p>…

Google Doodle shines spotlight on cinematographer James Wong Howe

Today’s Google Doodle is giving James Wong Howe, a man known for his work behind the camera, a moment in front of it.<p>Howe worked on more than 130 films during his career, including the 1934 comedy-mystery <i>The Thin Man</i> (and if you haven’t seen Myrna Loy and William Powell as Nick and Nora Charles, …

Google Doodle

Beyond Borders: Diversity in Cannes

The global film community converged on the 71st Festival de Cannes May 8 – 19 to celebrate cinema industry leaders and preview new projects. …

Coming to Netflix: The Obamas Sign Deal to Produce Show

WASHINGTON — Former President Barack Obama formally announced on Monday a multiyear production deal with Netflix in which he and the former first lady, Michelle Obama, will produce television shows and films for the streaming service.<p>The deal will give Mr. Obama an international television platform …

Michelle Obama

How Can Traditional TV Networks Compete With Streaming Services’ Mega-Deals?

If Shonda Rhimes’ deal with Netflix was the initial shot heard round the industry, Ryan Murphy’s was the nuclear bomb. The one-two punch of losing …

TV

Rotten Tomatoes Alternative CherryPicks to Battle Gender Imbalance in Film Criticism

"I'm trying to create more diversity," film producer/director Miranda Bailey tells THR about her new female-critics-only site.<p>In the midst of annual …

From Shonda Rhimes to Issa Rae, the rise of black women in television

On April 19, ABC aired the final episode of “Scandal.” The series, created by Shonda Rhimes in 2012, ran for seven seasons and starred Kerry …

“My Handiest Trick is to Watch as Many Previous Episodes as You Can — With the Sound Off”: Mary Lou Belli on Directing NCIS: New Orleans

Mary Lou with DP Gordon Lonsdale and “A” Camera Operator Greg Morris on location in the French Quarter. Photo by Skip Bolen.<p>I’ve written elsewhere …

Write, Direct, Repeat: Working with Line Producers [Interview]

Writer/Director Kim Garland tackle the thorny issue of budgets, schedules and what it means in practical terms. Learn the importance of Line …

Lucasfilm Hires First Black Female Director For Star Wars: Episode IX Second Unit

While the <i>Star Wars</i> films have been actively working at increasing diversity in front of the camera, casting multiple women, women of color and men of …

Cathy Yan Is Warner Bros’ Choice To Direct Margot Robbie In Next Harley Quinn Film

<b>EXCLUSIVE</b>: Warner Bros and DC Entertainment have chosen Cathy Yan to be the director of an untitled girl gang movie, likely the next superhero film …

Spike Lee and David Robert Mitchell films will compete in the most surprising Cannes lineup in years

With the banning of red-carpet selfies, a bitter renewal of last year's heated Netflix debate and more intense discussion than usual over how many female directors would be selected for competition, it was shaping up to be a dramatic year for the Festival de Cannes even before its official …

Stanford History Event Was ‘Too White and Too Male,’ Organizer Admits

The faces of 30 white men, all speakers at an applied history conference this month at Stanford University, certainly grabbed attention as the images circulated widely last week.<p>And that’s how the main organizer, the conservative British historian Niall Ferguson, a senior fellow at the Hoover …

Silicon Valley

21 TV Shows with Female Showrunners

There's hope yet.<p>Inequality in leadership roles in Hollywood (and other industries) is still a huge issue, but thankfully, there are <i>some</i> women calling the shots in entertainment. Here are 21 shows with female showrunners.

TV

'Half the Picture': Co-Cinematographers on the Reality of Being a Lady Shooter

DPs Yamit Shimonovitz and Soraya Sélène don't mince words about the state of the industry. <i>Half the Picture</i> is a documentary focused on women …

Race, Barriers and Battling Nerves: A Candid Conversation With Oscar's Only 4 African-American Directing Nominees in 90 Years

Gathered for the first time, Lee Daniels, Barry Jenkins, Jordan Peele and John Singleton break down the politics of who can tell what story, the …

You Know About The Lack Of Female Directors In Hollywood. These Are Their Stories.

The numbers don't lie: Of the 1,223 directors helming 1,100 top grossing films from 2007 to 2017, only 4% were women.<p>That's 43 women, or a ratio of …

Feminism

#WhatBlackPantherMeansToMe Stresses The Power Of Seeing Black Glory In Film

"I finally feel validated as a nerd of color. This is every childhood trauma finally being vindicated."<p>“Black Panther” is proving that the most formidable superpower in the Marvel Universe may be representation.<p>There’s still more than a week left before director Ryan Coogler debuts the hero’s first …

Costume Designer Ruth E. Carter Talks The Inspiration Behind 'Black Panther'

Ruth E. Carter, the two-time Oscar-nominated costume designer behind <i>Selma</i>, <i>Amistad</i>, and <i>Roots</i>, has been dressing African-American heroes for decades. But Marvel’s <i>Black Panther,</i> a costumed superhero who rules the fictional African nation of Wakanda, presented a unique and exciting challenge.<p>Ruth …

Black Panther

For Greta Gerwig, Oscar nominations mean 'excitedly yelling and not making any sense'

Greta Gerwig is celebrating her Oscar nominations by yelling on the phone.<p>The "Lady Bird" writer and director, who was snubbed in the directing category at the Golden Globes earlier this year, but was later nominated for a DGA Award when they were announced a few days later, was recognized by the …

And The Award For Best Oscar Nomination Reaction Goes To ... Jordan Peele

"You know when you're on the phone trying to disguise the sound of an ugly cry?" Peele wrote on Twitter.<p>Jordan Peele’s critically acclaimed horror film, “Get Out,” nabbed four Oscar nominations Tuesday, including best picture, best director, best original screenplay and best actor for Daniel …

Oscar front-runner Guillermo del Toro says being nominated is like 'the greatest prom night in the world'

Guillermo del Toro's sci-fi romance "The Shape of Water" led Tuesday's Oscar nominations with 13 nods, including for best picture and best director.<p>The Mexican filmmaker, who wrote, directed and produced the fantastical drama, was previously nominated for an Oscar for 2006's "Pan's Labyrinth," …

Pakistani-American comedian Kumail Nanjiani nominated for Oscar

In a first, Pakistani-American stand-up comedian and actor Kumail Nanjiani has been nominated for an Oscar for ‘The Big Sick’ in the ‘Original …

‘Mudbound’s Dee Rees Makes Oscar History As 1st Black Woman Nominated For Best Adapted Screenplay

On an Oscar nominations morning that saw a strong showing for women, <i>Mudbound</i>’s Dee Rees has made some history of her own as the first African America …

Hollywood

Lena Waithe Is Creating the Culture

Silver Lake’s LAMILL coffee shop is crowded for a late afternoon, just a few days after Christmas. The sleek black tables are dotted with white cups …

Entertainment

The Creative Team Behind “Club de Cuervos,” Netflix’s First Spanish-Language Series

To expand its audience with a Spanish-language dramedy about soccer, Netflix tapped an American showrunner and a Mexican director.<p><i>Club de Cuervos</i>, which premiered August 7 on Netflix, represents the company’s first foray into original Spanish-language scripted television. Set in the fictional town …