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Hardly anyone was more surprised than Dana Walden at the ratings surge Fox midseason entrant Empire enjoyed following its Jan. 7 debut. She expected …TV
CANNES, France (AP) — Women are the talk of the Cannes Film Festival, where debate rages about why they are so plentiful in front of the camera and …
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Before we head into the season 4 finale of Scandal, The Root sat down with Scandal writer Raamla Mohamed to talk …TV
Creator and Writer of Amazon’s multi-Golden Globe award-winning series Transparent Jill Soloway and Amazon Studios, are both set to be honored at the …Alberta
Long before winning an Oscar in 2014 for his adapted screenplay for 12 Years a Slave, John Ridley was approached by ABC to create a dramatic series …John Ridley
Update: Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the filmmaker wife of California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, issues a damning statement against the entertainment industry …Hollywood
John Ridley’s anthology crime series American Crime will be taking a page from American Horror Story‘s playbook. During an upfronts press call today, …ABC
Lifetime has announced the initiative Broad Focus, which will encourage the industry to provide more opportunities for female creatives to get behind …Employment
Gina Rodriguez was home in Chicago last month when she stopped at a Subway sandwich shop on the way to the golf course with her father. The Hispanic teenager working behind the counter instantly recognized her as the star of the CW Network’s breakout comedy-drama “Jane the Virgin” and said that the …TV
Black-ish creator Kenya Barris
Just as it seems like “Black Hollywood” is finally getting its just due with a few notable TV shows about, by and for …TV
Edward James Olmos, Sonny Skyhawk, George Takei Join Multi-Ethnic Coalition’s Calls to Talent Agencies for Collaboration
LOS ANGELES, April 16, 2015– …Coalitions
Remember that Deadline article from a few weeks back? In which the writer pointed out that Hollywood is diversifying and claimed that's a bad …George Takei
Meryl Streep has been vocal about ageism in Hollywood, but now she's making a move to fight it.
Called the Writers Lab, this new program seeks to develop screenplays by female writers who are 40 years old or older. According to Variety, Streep made a "significant" contribution to pay for the program, …Women's News
Sundance Institute and Women in Film Los Angeles seek ways to create change
A new study from the Sundance Institute and Women in Film Los Angeles …
Second Season of Neil Degrasse Tyson's New Late Night Talk Show, 'StarTalk,' Ordered Before Season One Debut
By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act April 15, 2015 at 5:15PM
National Geographic Channel's first-ever late-night talk show, "StarTalk," with host, …Neil deGrasse Tyson
DC has found their new director. After Michelle MacLaren (Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones) departed the project two days ago over creative differences, …
We couldn’t help but wonder: Will Sarah Jessica Parker‘s second HBO series be as popular as her first?
The Sex and the City star is officially …Sarah Jessica Parker
Let the speculation begin: EW has learned that Oscar-winning writer-producer John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) is teaming up with Marvel to develop a mysterious new TV series.
We hear the deal involves reinventing an existing Marvel superhero character or property for ABC—but all sides are staying …
In order for a woman to land one of these gigs, she has to be truly impressive and have proven her chops, poise and talent. Indie directors making …Superheroes
The Television Academy will honor series it sees as working to shift cultural acceptance at a special awards ceremony, The Television Academy Honors.
The eighth annual event will honor episodes of the ABC comedy "Black-ish," the ESPN documentary series "E:60" titled, "Dream On: Stories of Boston's …TV
Less than two days after director Michelle MacLaren left Wonder Woman, Warner Bros' has lassoed up a new director to take the helm.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Patty Jenkins, who famously was set to become the first female director to oversee a Marvel film with Thor 2 before she left the …Film
Twenty-five years ago Jane Campion, the Academy Award winning screenwriter and first woman director to win the Palme d'Or at Cannes, told the …
She stated that she's proud that her shows have enabled a "national conversation" about current issues.
This story first appeared in the April 24 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
When I first arrived in Los Angeles from New York in 2004 to try …Diversity
This awards season, stars have used acceptance speeches to champion causes including social justice to gender equality and urged young viewers to "stay weird." USA TODAY's Maeve McDermott culled the speeches and found these messages from winners this year.
1 Be yourself.
Justin Timberlake at the …
Reese Witherspoon and her producing partner Bruna Papandrea have attached themselves to the film adaptation of another hotly anticipated, …Reese Witherspoon