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Why ‘Mudbound’ Filmmaker Dee Rees Said No to Studio Films and Kept Her Creative Independence

As the filmmaker prepares for a packed awards season, she gears up for an honor that's all about pushing forward — her way.<p><i>Our bi-weekly Film</i> …

A Trans Showrunner on How to Bring LGBTQ+ Truth to Kids' TV (Guest Column)

'Danger & Eggs' co-creator Shadi Petosky hopes to create some "sparkly eyed nostalgia of our own" for LGBT kids with her new Amazon animated</i> …

LGBTQ

PR Pro: Why We Shouldn’t Look to Hollywood to Tell Our Stories

As the executive vice president and chief creative officer of <b>Cashmere Agency,</b> Ryan Ford is behind public relations, social media, and experiential …

Movies

Shonda Rhimes, John Wells Among TV Academy’s Hall of Fame Inductees

The Television Academy has announced the inductees for its 24th Hall of Fame class. The 2017 honorees include John Wells, Shonda Rhimes, and art …

Entertainment

#YouTubeBlack To Host First U.S. Fanfest At Howard University With Tre Melvin, Teala Dunn - Tubefilter

<b>#YouTubeBlack</b>, a company initiative that seeks to support and amplify the voices of black creators, is partnering with <b>Howard University</b> to fete the …

Viral Videos

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 'Marshall' Director on the Need for Socially Relevant Movies That Aren't "Preachy"

"You grow up on John Wayne and Indiana Jones and you go: ‘Great! I want mine,'" says Reginald Hudlin about why he made a film about the first black …

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Robert Rodriguez Calls Harvey Weinstein’s Behavior ‘Truly Disgusting’

Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez has spoken out about Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment allegations. Rodriguez has a long history with Weinstein’s …

Hollywood

Director Ryan Coogler Speaks Out About Sexual Abuse In Hollywood

<i>Black Panther</i> director Ryan Coogler has spoken out about sexual abuse in Hollywood in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.<p>Weinstein has been …

Rights & Freedoms

‘Wonder Woman’ Director Patty Jenkins on Equal Pay, Hollywood Sexism and James Cameron’s Nasty Words

Much like a certain Amazon goddess with a lasso, there are no heights that director Patty Jenkins can’t scale. Her blockbuster “Wonder Woman,” which …

Patty Jenkins

The Root 100 - The Most Influential African Americans In 2017

The Root's annual list of the most influential African Americans in the fields of arts, community, business, entertainment, media, politics, science …

African-American News

Hollywood's 50 Most Powerful TV Showrunners of 2017

THR unveils the writer-producers of TV's Golden Age — from 'Game of Thrones' masterminds David Benioff and Dan Weiss to 'Atlanta' creator Donald …

Hollywood

A Former Superagent Bets Big on a More Diverse Hollywood

During the 10-day run of the Sundance Film Festival each January, the otherwise-unassuming ski hamlet of Park City, Utah, begins to look like the Hamptons on Fourth of July weekend. Traffic inches anxiously along the snow-carpeted Main Street, littered with the accidents of those unused to driving …

Black History

Hulu Developing Comedy Series From Vir Das, ‘Goldbergs’ EP Doug Robinson (EXCLUSIVE)

Hulu is developing a new comedy series from comedian Vir Das and “The Goldbergs” executive producer Doug Robinson, Variety has learned from sources. …

TV

HRTS to Be Led by a Woman for the First Time as Executive Director Exits

‘Atlanta’ Writer-Producer Stefani Robinson Signs Overall Deal With FX

“Atlanta” writer-producer Stefani Robinson has signed an exclusive overall production deal with FX productions, FX announced Wednesday. In addition …

Hollywood

Major LGBT-Focused Talent Agencies Merge To Create Drag-Queen Powerhouse

Two major LGBT Hollywood talent agencies, PEG and EPRT, have merged to create what they call “the most diverse talent management, branding, recording …

LGBTQ

Drama Series Gets Green Light

Drama

Magnolia takes Sara Driver’s “Boom For Real”

U.S. distributor Magnolia Pictures has acquired the North American rights to Sara Driver’s documentary Boom For Real the Late Teenage Years of …

Documentaries

Film News Roundup: ‘Precious’ Scribe to Write Memphis Sanitation Strike Movie

<i>In today’s film news roundup, Oscar-winner Geoffrey Fletcher has been hired to write “I Am a Man,” Gravitas picks up rights to LGBTQ marriage drama</i> …

Writing

‘The Bold Type’ Renewed for Two More Seasons at Freeform, Names New Showrunner

Freeform has renewed “The Bold Type” for Seasons 2 and 3 and will enlist a new showrunner, Variety has confirmed. Each of the new seasons will …

TV

This Small Role Has Caused Debate Among Native Actors In Hollywood

A new TV show is highlighting the precarious position of Native people in Hollywood. “More often than not, we're not even a part of the conversation of diversity,” one source told BuzzFeed News.<p>Earlier this summer, <i>Suicide Squad</i> actor Adam Beach called for a boycott of Kevin Costner’s forthcoming TV …

Native Americans

Shonda Rhimes On Netflix Move, Diversity & Knowing Your Value: Vanity Fair Summit | Deadline

ABC’s maven of Thursday night primetime, Shonda Rhimes, was on hand at the 2017 Vanity Fair Summit to talk about the decision to strike a mega …

Shonda Rhimes

173 - KELLIE R. GRIFFIN "FULLER HOUSE" - Hilliard Guess' Screenwriters Rant Room (podcast)

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New Media

Toronto Film Festival Launches Campaign To Support Emerging Female Filmmakers

We sometimes turn to TV and movies for a temporary escape from reality. But there’s one reality even Hollywood can’t save us from. In film and television, women are pushing back against underrepresentation and a considerable wage gap. Actresses are being paid far less than their male counterparts …

Toronto Film Festival

First-Time TV Director Diversity Significantly Improves, Study Finds

"We're seeing signs of meaningful improvement," said DGA union president Thomas Schlamme.<p>The Directors Guild of America's television diversity …

Diversity

Jairo Alvarado Joins Circle of Confusion as Manager

Alvarado was previously at 3 Arts Entertainment and is a former creative exec at Warner Bros.<p><b>Jairo Alvarado</b> has joined management-production firm …

Movies

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Ex-Will Packer TV Execs Korin Huggins & Monique Nash Launch Kronicle Media | Deadline

Korin Huggins, the former head of television at Will Packer Productions, has teamed with fellow Will Packer alum Monique Nash to launch Kronicle …

TV

NBC Launches “Female Forward” Initiative For Women Episodic Directors | Deadline

Following a broadcast pilot season, in which no NBC pilots were helmed by a female director, NBC is stepping up its efforts to employ more female …