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Michael Che will be the first person of color to be a head writer for 'Saturday Night Live'

Michael Che just made history.<p>The <i>Saturday Night Live</i> comic and writer, most known for hosting the <i>Weekend Update</i> sketch/show, had been tapped as SNL's …

Entertainment

Lori McCreary Learned How to Pivot Early. Then She Met Morgan Freeman

Four years ago, Revelations Entertainment CEO Lori McCreary saw the writing on the wall: the funding for the meaningful mid-budget films she and …

Paramount Pictures

Filmmaking Has a Gender Problem. Here’s What Happened When Canada Tried to Solve It

In the wake of the ongoing, epic scandal involving Harvey Weinstein — and a growing number of men in positions of power — a haunting question has …

Feminism

4 Writers on the Scripts That Helped Them Quit Their Day Jobs

Cinderella stories still happen in Hollywood, as these young scribes reveal.<p><i>This story first appeared in the Nov. 8 issue of The Hollywood Reporter</i> …

Hollywood

Scenes from the green room: Playwrights on why they thrive in TV

<i>EXT. LOS ANGELES TIMES — EARLY AFTERNOON</i><p><i>Establishing.</i><p><i>INT. SECOND FLOOR GREEN ROOM — DAY</i><p><i>Bowls of nuts and fruit sit beside a coffee carafe and water bottles in front of a long mirror. Fluorescent lights bleach out the room. Empty ergonomic office chairs are the only furniture. Playwright MARY LAWS</i> …

TV

Viola Davis, Malcolm D. Lee and Universal Team on ‘I Almost Forgot About You’

In a competitive situation, Universal Pictures has optioned the rights to Terry McMillan’s bestselling novel “I Almost Forgot About You” with Viola …

Movies

Watch Black in Tokyo, a short documentary about living in Japan as a black person

“Be yourself, take risks, and be open to things outside of your comfort zone.”<p><i>Black in Tokyo</i> is a new short documentary by Nigerian-American artist …

Japan

‘The L Word’ Sequel Taps Marja-Lewis Ryan As Showrunner At Showtime

Marja-Lewis Ryan (<i>The Four-Faced Liar, 6 Balloons</i>) has been tasked to spearhead the sequel to <i>The L Word,</i> currently in development at Showtime, as …

Hollywood

She's Gotta Have It

2017 TV-MA<p>Nola Darling struggles to stay true to herself and her dreams while juggling three lovers in this Spike Lee series based on his breakout …

Netflix

NBCUniversal Turning Lights Off on Chiller Network

The horror-centric channel, home to a slew of cheap genre acquisitions, had struggled to maintain carriage deals with cable providers.<p>The cable …

A hundred years ago, one Hollywood studio was a great, safe place for a woman to work

Imagine a movie industry where women write half the films, where renowned female directors are the rule and where casting couches aren’t a fixture in the boss’ office. It’s not a futuristic fantasy but a world that existed 100 years ago, when Carl Laemmle’s Universal Studios made feminist …

Universal Studios

Chicago writer explores Hollywood TV writers room as the 'diversity hire'

Last year the Writers Guild of America published a report titled “Renaissance in Reverse?” that looked at who is getting hired as TV and film writers and found “a mixture of slow forward progress, stalls and reversals on the Hollywood diversity front.”<p>In terms of hard numbers, 2014 saw more than …

Writers Guild of America

Carl Laemmle was no feminist, but the studio he founded has thrived under a woman's leadership

<b>To the editor:</b> As a Laemmle family member, I appreciate Kathleen Sharp’s article about Universal Studios and founder Carl Laemmle’s treatment of women a century ago. (“A hundred years ago, one Hollywood studio was a great, safe place for a woman to work,” Opinion, Nov. 12)<p>Yes, Laemmle hired women …

Feminism

Playback: Patty Jenkins on ‘Wonder Woman’ and Crashing Through Glass Ceilings

Welcome to “Playback,” a Variety podcast bringing you exclusive conversations with the talents behind many of today’s hottest films. Two months ago …

‘Castle’ Co-Creators Score Straight to Series Order at ABC With New Procedural

ABC has given a straight to series order to a new drama from Terri Edda Miller and Andrew W. Marlow, the co-creators of the hit ABC series …

Past Is Prologue in Awards Contenders Based on Historical Moments

This year’s awards contenders are hoping to take home prizes in 2018, but many are firmly affixed in the past. Stories this year are being told about …

‘Mudbound’ Cinematographer Captures Look of ’40s South With Digital Cameras

Cinematographer Rachel Morrison — known for her collaborations with director Ryan Coogler on “Fruitvale Station” and the upcoming “Black Panther” — …

Apu, A Racist Caricature Of South Asians, Faces Reckoning In New Documentary

Comedian Hari Kondabolu speaks with other South Asian stars on "The Simpsons" character and representation on-screen.<p>South Asian–American celebrities like Aziz Ansari, Hasan Minhaj, and Mindy Kaling have achieved remarkable success in recent years. They’ve played multidimensional characters, …

Racism

CBS Diversity Showcase Was a Racist, Homophobic Mess for Years, Participants Say

For 13 years, CBS has operated its Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase out of a basement at the CBS Studio City lot, giving underrepresented writers and …

Our National Narratives Are Still Being Shaped by Lecherous, Powerful Men

And the stories keep on coming: about how political pundit Mark Halperin rubbed his erect penis against younger female colleagues (a claim he …

Feminism

New Study Finds That Less Than 5 Percent Of TV Writers Are Black

Yet another indication of the entertainment industry's glaring diversity problem.<p>It may seem like Hollywood is slowly becoming more diverse, but representation behind the scenes is still pretty abysmal.<p>A new study published by Color of Change, titled “Race in the Writers Room: How Hollywood …

Diversity

5 Must-Watch Horror Films Directed By Women

More by Samuel R.<p>From <b>Alice Guy</b>‘s <i>Faust and Mephistopheles</i> (1903) in the earliest days of cinema <i></i>to contemporary classics like <i>The Babadook</i>, many of the …

Horror Movies

Jordan Peele Shares 5 Filmmaking Lessons From His Eight-year Process of Making ‘Get Out’ — Watch

Peele breaks down why it's important to treat screenwriting like a fun hobby and using the white savior trope to subvert audience expectations.<p>Last …

Director Stella Meghie Teams With Will Packer on ‘The Photograph’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Universal Pictures has acquired “The Photograph,” an original spec by Stella Meghie with Will Packer producing for his eponymous production company. …

Movies

Joe Lewis Exits Amazon Studios; Sharon Tal Yguado Takes Over Scripted Series

Top drama and comedy executive Joe Lewis has departed Amazon Studios, Variety has confirmed. Sharon Tal Yguado has been promoted to take over all …

WeHo’s Disability Service Awards Will Acknowledge Maria Shriver and Three Others

Maria Shriver will receive the “Individual Award” during West Hollywood’s 19th annual Disability Service Awards event on Wednesday. Shriver is one of …

Maria Shriver

Inside Amazon, Diversity Concerns Flare Up After Harassment Accusations

Amazon on Friday tried to quell concerns among employees about sexual harassment accusations against an executive, sending an email to its staff …

Amazon

‘Boo 2!’ Star Inanna Sarkis To Release Her Own Short Film, ‘Waiting For Him’ - Tubefilter

<i>Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween</i>, the latest film in the auteur’s popular <i>Madea</i> franchise — which co-starred a crop of popular <b>YouTubers</b> — …

Amazon Funds Three Funny Or Die Short Films for Prime Video

Amazon is financing production of three Funny Or Die comedy shorts, to be available exclusively worldwide on Prime Video. The trio of FOD projects …

Amazon

What Even Is an ‘Oscar Movie’ Anymore?

Eight months ago writer-director Barry Jenkins and his “Moonlight” team saw their historic moment botched in front of a crowd of thousands and a …