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Multicultural Talent Is Surging on TV and Winning Mainstream Audiences

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

AP - Cannes attendees debate dearth of female filmmakers

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 …

A Scandal Writer’s Journey to ShondaLand

Raamla Mohamed

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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

'Transparent's' Jill Soloway Named Banff's Showrunner of the Year

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

'American Crime' Creator John Ridley Reflects Reality In The Writers Room And On Network TV

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

Shit People Say to Women Directors

Hollywood Keeps Women Out of Movie Directing, So the ACLU is Stepping In

Update: Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the filmmaker wife of California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, issues a damning statement against the entertainment industry

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ABC Chief On 'American Crime' Reset, 'Castle' & 'Grey's Future, Marvel Plans

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’s Broad Focus Plans to Create Jobs for Women in Hollywood

Lifetime has announced the initiative Broad Focus, which will encourage the industry to provide more opportunities for female creatives to get behind …

Employment

How Is U.S. TV Changing? Ask Jane

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

[Behind Black Hollywood] ‘Black-ish’ Creator Kenya Barris Talks TV Diversity

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

Hollywood Figures Urge Talent Agencies to Diversify - National Hispanic Media Coalition

Edward James Olmos, Sonny Skyhawk, George Takei Join Multi-Ethnic Coalition’s Calls to Talent Agencies for Collaboration

LOS ANGELES, April 16, 2015– …

Coalitions

George Takei And Company To Hollywood Gatekeepers: Fix Your Diversity Problem

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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 Funds Screenwriting Lab for Women Over 40

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

Industry Perceptions of Poor Talent Pool, Ambition Hampers Female Filmmakers, Study Finds

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 …

Netflix Renews 'Daredevil' for Second Season — With New Showrunners

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

Wonder Woman: Patty Jenkins To Direct

DC has found their new director. After Michelle MacLaren (Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones) departed the project two days ago over creative differences, …

Sarah Jessica Parker Comedy Divorce Lands Series Order at HBO

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

Marvel teaming with John Ridley for mysterious superhero project -- exclusive

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 …

Pressure Mounts for Female Superheroes, Will Women Directors Get a Boost?

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

TV academy to honor series that enact social change at Honors show

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

That didn't take long: 'Wonder Woman' has a new director

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

Looking for the Feminine Vision at Tribeca Film Festival

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 …

NAB: Shonda Rhimes Inducted Into Broadcasting Hall of Fame

She stated that she's proud that her shows have enabled a "national conversation" about current issues.

'Power' Showrunner on TV's Diversity Casting: "Latino" Does Not Equal "Mexican" (Guest Column)

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

Celeb messages: Stars getting behind 5 key messages

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 Bruna Papandrea to Produce Lionsgate Film 'Luckiest Girl Alive'

Reese Witherspoon and her producing partner Bruna Papandrea have attached themselves to the film adaptation of another hotly anticipated, …

Reese Witherspoon

'Veep' is in the (White) House

By Sara Stewart | Women and Hollywood April 9, 2015 at 12:45PM

Bad behavior still knows no gender in the new season of HBO's "Veep," which starts up …

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