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Posted Monday 1/14/19 at 8:28AM EST
Study: Strong female characters outnumber male lead characters more than two to one
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Research group Ampere Analysis found that of 251 network dramas currently in development or in production, 42% have a strong female lead while 20% have a male lead. The remaining 38% have no single lead character. The study also found that NBC and The CW have the strongest lead female drama character representation.
Posted Thursday 12/13/18 at 8:23PM EST
Superstore is using comedy to break taboos and stereotypes about sex and women’s bodies
The NBC comedy has always been one of TV's "most consistently and quietly revolutionary sitcoms" that has "always foregrounded its politics," says Rachel Dunphy. "But over the last three years," she says, "the show has eschewed the popular issue-of-the-episode approach, instead injecting its commentary into character, theme, and story with ever-increasing intelligence and sophistication." Dunphy adds: "In its fourth season, much of Superstore’s political commentary has come through its relentless revision of established female character tropes. Via a series of interconnected story lines revolving around Cloud 9 floor supervisor Amy (America Ferrera) and assistant store manager Dina (Lauren Ash), Superstore has assuredly and deftly used comedy to break taboos and stereotypes about sex and women’s bodies. In doing so, it’s not only managed to underscore the competence and complexity of its female leads, but also showcase the specific and myriad difficulties women face in the workplace."
Posted Friday 11/02/18 at 10:48PM EDT
The Haunting of Hill House benefitted from having women writers bring nuance and grace to depictions of female trauma
Source: The Mary Sue
"Women have a knack for capturing female trauma differently than men do," says Kate Gardner, pointing out that the big showcase episodes for the show's female characters happen to be written by women while avoiding female horror tropes. ALSO: Annabeth Gish didn't know what role she was signing up for when she joined Hill House.
Posted Tuesday 10/09/18 at 12:15PM EDT
BBC America study: Female superheroes can boost the confidence in girls
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
BBC America partnered with the Women's Media Center for its "SuperPowering Girls" study that was timed for Jodie Whittaker's Doctor Who. It found that better onscreen representation of female superheroes can allow young girls to see themselves as leaders and heroes.
Posted Friday 10/05/18 at 10:26PM EDT
Amazon viewers are still complaining that the first female NFL broadcast team is "hidden"
Source: The Daily Beast
The streaming service had to release a video explaining that to listen to Andrea Kremer and Hannah Storm's Thursday Night Football broadcast, viewers have to select the last option under language settings. Still, as The Daily Beast notes, "viewers who tuned in to support Storm or Kremer–or who simply wanted a break from the all-male booth–were not happy." As Patriots fan Brian Bell put it, "It’s like they’re trying to have their cake and eat it too. They want to get all this credit for putting these two great female broadcasters together for the first time but … they make you jump through every hoop in the world to try to get it.”
Posted Wednesday 9/26/18 at 2:44PM EDT
IMDbPro to display a special seal for gender-balanced TV shows
IMDb is partnering on the special seal with ReFrame, a coalition of industry leaders whose mission is to increase the number of women working in the media and entertainment industry. The "ReFrame Stamp" will appear on shows that have showed success in gender-balanced TV productions.
Posted Tuesday 9/25/18 at 1:05PM EDT
Amazon taps Hannah Storm and Andrea Kremer as the first all-female NFL announcing team
The longtime sports journalists will call the 11 Thursday Night Football games that Amazon is streaming, beginning with Thursday's matchup between the Los Angeles Rams and Minnesota Vikings.
Posted Tuesday 9/18/18 at 8:17AM EDT
Power creator: I'd be richer if I was a man
Source: Page Six
"I do think I would have more money and power if I was a man in this business," says Courtney A. Kemp. She recalls being “in a contract negotiation, and I got an offer that was way low. I asked my lawyer — who is a white man — ‘Why did they offer me so little money?’ And he said, straight up, ‘Because you are a woman.’ We always have to work harder.”
Posted Tuesday 9/11/18 at 12:52PM EDT
Latina TV speaking roles reach a historic high, but speaking roles for women overall declined
According to the report "Boxed In: Women on Screen and Behind the Scenes in Television" conducted by San Diego State University's Center for the Study of Women in Television & Film, Latina roles rose to 7% last season from 5% the previous season. Black and Asian female roles stayed steady at 19% and 6%, respectively. The study also found that female characters made up 40% of female roles, which is a decline of 2% from the 2016-17 season.
Posted Monday 9/10/18 at 2:00PM EDT
Netflix execs are silent on a Louis CK comeback, but they address concerns over the lack of black female comedians and too many comedy specials
Source: The New York Times
The New York Times' comedy critic Jason Zinoman sat down with Lisa Nishimura, Netflix’s vice president of original documentary and comedy programming, and Robbie Praw, the director of original stand-up comedy. When he asked about the potential of Louis CK returning with a new standup special, Zinoman reported that they paused to reflect for a minute before a publicist said they wouldn't be able to answer. They also addressed concerns over the lack of black female comedians with Netflix specials in 2017 and 2018. When asked if Netflix has a responsibility to do better, Praw said: “I think we have a responsibility, but it’s also what our members want.” The next day, Praw emailed Zinoman saying that having so few black women standup specials has been a failure. Since their talk, Netflix has signed Tiffany Haddish and Wanda Sykes to do standup specials. As for whether Netflix is oversaturating the market by putting out too many standup specials, Praw said: “We would never look at musicians and say let’s put out 10 albums this year." ALSO: Netflix's silence about Louis CK's return is concerning.
Posted Tuesday 8/21/18 at 5:47PM EDT
Samantha Bee finds Michelle Wolf and Robin Thede cancelations "very disheartening"
Source: The Daily Beast
“I’m really, really sad about it,” the Full Frontal host says of BET canceling The Rundown with Robin Thede and Netflix axing The Break with Michelle Wolf over the past month. Bee tells The Daily Beast: “You have to take time as a network to develop things. If it’s not working for you in the time slot or whatever, you have to give a show more than 10 episodes to find its legs. It’s brutal. Shows need time to find their audience and they need adequate advertising. They need adequate promotional pushes to make that happen.”
Posted Thursday 8/02/18 at 3:05AM EDT
Lena Headey recalls a journalist calling her "disappointing" in real life while promoting Game of Thrones
In a resurfaced interview form Running Wild With Bear Grylls, Headey recalls being seven months pregnant when a journalist criticized her appearance. "Uh, I just want to say that you’re really disappointing in real life," she recalled the journalist telling her. Headey added: "He went, 'Is that your real hair?' And I went 'Yeah,' and he said, 'The wig is much better. I like you as a blonde.' I was like, 'OK.' I was just crushed. How is that alright to say?" ALSO: How Game of Thrones failed its female characters, starting with the Stark women.
Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 11:36PM EDT
Is Joss Whedon's new HBO series The Nevers a bad idea?
Source: The Mary Sue
"It’s hard to describe the emotions Whedon evokes in geek culture," Kate Gardner says of HBO announcing Whedon's sci-fi series on Victorian women with superpowers. "On the one hand, he created Buffy, Angel, Firefly, and directed The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron. On the other … Well, the less said about him the better. There’s an argument to be made about how terrible, allegedly abusive men continuously get second chances, and Whedon is the perfect example of that. But also, he’s not even that good of a writer any longer. He relies on the same storytelling devices over and over and his concept of 'feminism' is incredibly dated compared to how far we’ve come in terms of representation. Buffy was groundbreaking for the quick wit, the female and LGBT representation, and how shocking it could be with characters getting killed off left and right. But the problem is that these are the only tropes Whedon knows how to use."
Posted Tuesday 7/10/18 at 11:58PM EDT
The Secret World of Alex Mack's Larisa Oleynik is starring in a new comedy series backed by New York City
Half Life is part of the city's Greenlight Her initiative, which aims to improve the representation of women behind the camera. The comedy will air on the New York City channel NYC Life.
Posted Saturday 7/07/18 at 10:36AM EDT
HBO programming chief Casey Bloys wants to make sure female storytellers are "well represented"
That was his goal with prestige female-centered series like Sharp Objects and Big Little Lies. “I think the power of female friendships is timeless so there is just an appeal to the storytelling,” says Bloys. “So it may seem on the outside like we are going to have all female stories all the time, and while I am proud of that, they have to be interesting stories and have something to say about how we live. We are not picking these shows just because they are female point of view, but we are doing them because they are interesting and compelling.”