Hollywood Diversity Network

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The Women of Hollywood Speak Out

Colin Trevorrow’s Hollywood fairy tale started at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012. The bespectacled, bearded director, then 35, came to Park City, Utah, with an endearingly quirky time-travel romantic comedy executive-produced by the endearingly quirky Duplass brothers, Mark and Jay, and …


Jessica Jones Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg on Season 2 and Women in Hollywood

In an interview with Deadline, Jessica Jones showrunner Melissa Rosenberg opened up about a possible Season 2 and gender parity in Hollywood and …

Jessica Jones

DOC NYC ’15: Diversity takes center stage

The final day of DOC NYC’s industry conference ceded the stage almost entirely to filmmakers of color who shared tips and advice for first-time …


Why Every Actress on The Hollywood Reporter Roundtable Cover Is White

Each year, I and several other Hollywood Reporter editors put together the roundtables that are a defining element of this publication’s awards …


[UPDATE] The Hollywood Reporter Ends Rankings in Its Women in Entertainment Power 100 List

[Update 11/13, 11:25 am – This post now reflects that the ranking system has changed, but that the list does still exist in a new form]The Women in …


Female Directors Patricia Riggen and Jessie Nelson on Getting a Foothold in Hollywood: ‘It Hasn’t Been Fun at All’

Last week Vulture published a list of 100 female directors that Hollywood can reference the next time an executive or studio tries to make the excuse …


‘Pitch Perfect’ Writer Kay Cannon Directing Comedy ‘The Pact’

Kay Cannon is making her feature directorial debut on the sex comedy “The Pact” for Point Grey, Good Universe and Hurwitz and Schlossberg Productions.


CBS Developing Comedy from ‘Sex and the City’ and ‘Entourage’ Producers

CBS has bought a comedy project from “Sex and the City” producer Jenny Bicks, Variety has learned. “Entourage” creator Doug Ellin is attached as an …

Sex and the City

Here's How Much Hollywood Is (Not) Investing In Women

Here’s How Much Hollywood Is (Not) Investing In Women

Hollywood's woman problem goes way beyond just directors.

When future film scholars look back on …


Geena Davis on Gender Equality in Hollywood, Hillary Clinton, 'Frozen' and Bradley Cooper

Geena Davis is making it her mission to educate Hollywood in gender equality.

For years the actor has been very vocal about the dire need for equal …

Bradley Cooper

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When Michael B. Jordan was cast as Johnny Storm in this summer’s Fantastic Four, the …


Women directors still face uphill struggle in Hollywood

Director Patricia Riggen on the set of the true-life drama "The 33," one of three high-profile movies released over the weekend directed by a woman. …


Twilight author Stephenie Meyer to pen new series for Hulu

There’s a new original series coming to Hulu, in collaboration with U.S. studio and distributor Lionsgate and Twilight author Stephenie Meyer.

A rep …

Stephenie Meyer

Spike Lee: Lack of Hollywood diversity is 'ridiculous'

LOS ANGELES — Spike Lee had a strong message for the film industry Saturday night while accepting his honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards: Get real about racial diversity.

The Do the Right Thing director made it clear that Hollywood is lacking people of color in key positions.

"This industry is so …

Spike Lee

'Diversity' Is Rightly Criticized As An Empty Buzzword. So How Can We Make It Work?

Over at the New York Times Magazine, ambivalence toward capital "D" diversity courses through Anna Holmes' excellent essay "Has 'Diversity' Lost Its Meaning?" Holmes, the founding editor of Jezebel and now an executive at Fusion, notes that while corporate odes to "diversity" are de rigeur these days …


Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang's 'Master of None' Gets Personal

Alan Yang was slightly skeptical when he first met Aziz Ansari on Parks and Recreation, as he explained at the Master of None premiere in New York …

Aziz Ansari

Suffragette and Stonewall: Hollywood’s Whitewashing of History


It’s no secret that the movie industry has a diversity problem. In 2014, only 17 percent of the top 100 films featured non-white …


Sasheer Zamata: "Women Are Fighting for Equal Treatment, Not Superior Treatment"

Sasheer Zamata was recently named ACLU's newest celebrity ambassador on women's rights. The Saturday Night Live comedian speaks with The Hollywood


Aziz Ansari crafts dramatic, diverse 'Master'-work

NEW YORK — The role of "token white friend" isn't one you'll find on most casting sheets.

But in Master of None, which started streaming Friday on Netflix, it's just part of the diverse reality that co-creators Aziz Ansari (an Indian-American) and Alan Yang (Asian-American) wanted to bring to the …

Aziz Ansari

Casey Wilson, June Diane Raphael Set Comedy ‘Crystal’ at ABC

ABC is developing an offbeat comedy from Casey Wilson and June Diane Raphael’s shingle about a woman who lands a job as an in-home health aide just …


‘Murder Town’: Jada Pinkett Smith & Barry Schindel Producing ABC Legal Drama

“Murder Town,” a legal drama to be exec produced by star Jada Pinkett Smith, has landed at ABC as a put pilot, Variety has learned.

The potential …

Jada Pinkett Smith

Tom Hanks at Outfest’s Legacy Awards: ‘Philadelphia’ Was Late’

When Tom Hanks accepted his Trailblazer Award at the Legacy Awards, presented by Outfest, the actor warmed the room with hoots and hollers at Vibiana …


Why Catherine Hardwicke Started to Fight Back Against Hollywood Sexism

Catherine Hardwicke recently stormed the red carpet of her latest indie, “Miss You Already,” at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. With her male …


Sarah Jessica Parker’s ‘All Roads Lead to Rome’ Bought by Momentum

Momentum Pictures has acquired all North American rights to Sarah Jessica Parker’s romantic comedy “All Roads Lead to Rome.”

Momentum, which is …

Sarah Jessica Parker

Why Ava DuVernay Hates the Word Diversity

Here's the easy criticism lobbed at celebrating women in any industry dominated by men: Singling women out diminishes their achievements. ELLE's Editor-in-Chief Robbie Myers anticipated this reaction at Monday night's 22nd annual ELLE Women in Hollywood awards: "Every year, someone gets up on this …

The Africa Channel Eyes U.S. Market

As Discop Africa wrapped its 11th edition Nov. 6 in Johannesburg, the focus turned to 2016, when the continent’s biggest TV content market travels to …


Alejandro González Iñárritu Takes Aim at Donald Trump During LACMA Art + Film Gala Speech

Just as Donald Trump was reading off cue cards and shooting for laughs during his Saturday Night Live hosting gig on the East Coast, his controversial …

Donald Trump

Amma Asante is one of 100 women directors Hollywood should hire

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Amma Asante

Award-winning Writer/Director Amma Asante is named by the folks at …


Despite some gains, female directors still face a bleak future in Hollywood

As a viewer, I greet the arrival of a new film directed by a woman with anticipation. I love Nancy Meyers' intrepid heroines and Kathryn Bigelow's …

Kathryn Bigelow