Time’s Up: Hollywood Stars Band Together to Fight Sexual Harassment

Shonda Rhimes, Reese Witherspoon, and Jennifer Aniston are among 300 high profile actresses and female agents, writers, directors, producers and entertainment executives who have launched an anti-harassment initiative called Time’s Up. Time’s Up has already raised more than $13 million (out of their 15 million goal) in funds to subsidize legal support for “women and men who have experienced sexual harassment, assault, or abuse in the workplace,” according to their GoFundMe page. Donators to Time’s Up defense include Meryl Streep, Taylor Swift, Steven Spielberg, Katie McGrath and J.J Abrams.  More information: https://www.timesupnow.com/


Warner Brothers Television Directors’ Workshop

The Warner Bros. Television Directors’ Workshop is an initiative that introduces up-and-coming directors to prime time television. With the backdrop of active Warner Bros. Television sets as the learning environment and top television directors, cinematographers and showrunners as the instructors, those selected to the program will have the opportunity to participate in a workshop that is unprecedented and unparalleled in the industry.

Competitive candidates will have an established portfolio of features, music videos or national commercials. For the experienced and talented directors selected, the Workshop will provide the knowledge and exposure required to cross the threshold into the competitive world of episodic television.

The Warner Bros. Television Directors Workshop features multiple components, all geared towards preparing the director for a successful career in television. Applications Accepted Through Thursday, Feb 16 2017 (11:59pm PST) APPLY NOW!


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Film Fatales is a collective of female feature film directors

12291152_407453432781812_2698296464638560181_oHave you heard about Film Fatales? Film Fatales is a collective of female feature directors who meet regularly to mentor each other, collaborate on projects and create a supportive community in which to make their films. The group was founded in 2013 in New York City and has since expanded to include over two dozen local chapters around the world. Members meet in small groups hosted inside the homes different filmmakers each month, to share a meal, update each other on their projects, and engage in a moderated discussion about relevant topics in film.

Film Fatales provides a space for female filmmakers to support each other, share resources, and help get their films made. In addition to the monthly meetings, Film Fatales supports a number of other collaborative programs including: writing groups, master classes, panel discussions, film festival programming, educational workshops, theatrical field trips, and numerous other special events.

Film Fatales has quickly become a grassroots community of collaboration and support. By offering a space for mentorship, peer networking and direct participation, Film Fatales continues to promote the creation of more films by and about women. Film Fatales is based in New York City with additional local chapters in Los Angeles, Austin, Denver, Detroit, Memphis, Missouri, New Orleans, San Francisco, and internationally in Costa Rica, London, Melbourne, New Zealand, Sao Paolo, Sydney and Toronto. More info: http://www.filmfatalesnyc.com/#!local-chapters/c12yx

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Here’s Why It’s So Important to Hire More Female Directors

kathryn-bigelow-ava-duvernayFilms directed by women are much more likely to employ women in other behind-the-scenes roles

Putting a woman in the director’s chair makes it much more likely that the film will also achieve gender parity in other behind-the-scenes roles, according to a new study that examines last year’s top-grossing films.

The study makes an ongoing federal probe in Hollywood’s hiring practices all the more urgent. Women made up just 13% of directors who released a film to theaters last year and not even one-tenth of the directors on the 250 top-grossing films.

“The findings suggest that women directors, executive producers and producers may serve and important gateway function in the employment of other women in key behind-the-scenes roles,” Martha Lauzen, who conducted the study of 700 films from last year and acts as director at the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University, said in a statement. (Eliana Dockterman @edockterman Oct. 27, 2015, Time Magazine) Read more:  http://time.com/4087813/female-directors-study/