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Female Directors Behind Record Number of Films in 2019 (Study)

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Female Directors Behind Record Number of Films in 2019 (Study)
Hollywood’s glass ceiling may not be shattered, but it’s showing some cracks.

The number of top-grossing films directed by women reached record levels in 2019, according to a new study by the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. Much of the past decade in the entertainment industry has been dominated by a debate about the lack of opportunities for women, people of color and members of the Lgbtq community. The findings seem to demonstrate that this wider public agitation had resulted in substantive change.

“We’re finally seeing some traction,” said Stacy L. Smith, one of the study’s authors. “A confluence of factors have led to a real moment in 2019.”

Over the past 12 months, the likes of Greta Gerwig (“Little Women”), Lorene Scafaria (“Hustlers”), Olivia Wilde (“Booksmart”), Lulu Wang (“The Farewell”) and Melina Matsoukas (“Queen and Slim”) helped propel the number of female-helmed movies to new heights — some 10.6% of the
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Female Directors Of Top-Grossing Films Reach 13-Year High in 2019, Women Of Color Remain Highly Underrepresented

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Female Directors Of Top-Grossing Films Reach 13-Year High in 2019, Women Of Color Remain Highly Underrepresented
Dr. Stacy L. Smith and the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative have wasted no time in the new year when it comes to keeping tabs on diversity in Hollywood. On Tuesday morning, they released a new research brief that revealed 10.6% of the directors of 2019’s top movies were women. This marks a watershed moment as it is the highest percentage of female directors in the top films in 13 years. Still, 10.6% is a considerably low number that could afford to be higher — a lot higher.

Nonetheless, the movement of the needle should be celebrated. The study examined the presence of female directors working across the 1,300 top-grossing films from 2007 to 2019. The findings found that 12 women each directed one of the 100 top films in 2019. While the overall percentage of female directors across the 13-year time frame remains 4.8%, 2019’s number was the highest across the years examined.

“This is the first time we have seen
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Netflix Oscar-Contender ‘I Lost My Body’ Takes Top Honors at Animation Is Film 2019

Netflix’s “I Lost My Body,” the existential adventure about a severed hand, won the Grand Prize award at the third annual Animation Is Film Festival, held last weekend at the Tcl Chinese 6 Theater in Hollywood. The Cannes Nespresso Grand Prize winner from French director Jérémy Clapin beat out GKids’ “Weathering With You,” the popular Japanese climate-change romance from “Your Name” director Makoto Shinkai, which shared the Audience award with “The Swallows of Kabul” (from French directors Zabou Breitman and Elea Gobbe-Mevellec) about love and horror during Taliban occupation.

In addition, Romanian director Anca Damian’s hear-tugger “Marona’s Fantastic Tale” (GKids) earned the special jury prize for visual impact, exploring the memories of a mixed-breed Labrador with its various owners in a daring assortment of animated techniques.

The Aif win for “I Lost My Body,” the adult-themed, boldly graphic mystery about overcoming pain and suffering, means that the streamer
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‘I Lost My Body’ Wins Grand Prize at Animation Is Film Festival

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‘I Lost My Body’ Wins Grand Prize at Animation Is Film Festival
I Lost My Body,” the curious story of a disembodied hand searching to reunite with its body, won the grand prize at the Animation is Film Festival, held Oct. 18-20 in Los Angeles. The audience prize was split between two films, Makoto Shinkai’s “Weathering With You” and “The Swallows of Kabul” by Zabou Breitman and Elea Gobbe-Mevellec.

Netflix acquired the worldwide rights to “I Lost My Body,” directed by Jérémy Clapin, after the film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May. The French film — which bested its live-action competition to win the top prize in Critics’ Week at Cannes — screened in its original language at Animation Is Film. Netflix has also prepared an English dub featuring the voices of Dev Patel, Alia Shawkat and George Wendt, which will be available to Netflix subscribers on Nov. 29, two weeks after the French version receives its Oscar-qualifying run on Nov. 15.

“The
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Animation Is Film Festival Pits Indie Oscar Hopefuls ‘Weathering With You’ and ‘I Lost My Body’ in Competition

Animation Is Film Festival Pits Indie Oscar Hopefuls ‘Weathering With You’ and ‘I Lost My Body’ in Competition
The third annual Animation Is Film Festival (Aif) returns this weekend to the Tcl Chinese 6 Theater in Hollywood, with indie Oscar hopefuls “Weathering With You” (GKids), Japan’s official International Film Oscar entry from “Your Name” director Makoto Shinkai, and “I Lost My Body” (Netflix), the Cannes Nespresso Grand Prize winner from director Jeremy Clapin, competing for the jury Grand Prize and Audience awards.

This year Aif (co-sponsored by GKids and Annecy) offers 10 features in competition with a special emphasis on Asian releases. The festival will also present special screenings, retrospectives (a 4K restoration of the Hungarian “Son of the White Mare”), behind-the-scenes presentations (Disney’s “Frozen 2” and Netflix’s “Klaus”), short films (a Best of Annecy with female directors), and more.

“One of the trends that’s really obvious this year is representation by Asia, not just Japan, but China and India, and even within that, you have a huge range of filmmaking,
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DreamWorks Animation Nurtures Female Filmmaking Talent Frame by Frame

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DreamWorks Animation Nurtures Female Filmmaking Talent Frame by Frame
Launched by Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen as DreamWorks in 1994, DreamWorks Animation celebrates its silver anniversary, marking 25 years since embarking on its first voyage with the Academy Award-nominated biblical epic “The Prince of Egypt.”

Since then, DreamWorks Animation has released 38 feature films, including the blockbuster “Shrek,” “Madagascar,” “Kung Fu Panda,” “How to Train Your Dragon” and “Trolls” franchises and its newest release, “Abominable.” Earning more than $15 billion at the global box office, DreamWorks has received a multitude of accolades over its history, including three Oscars and three Academy Sci-Tech Awards.

Women have long been in the spotlight at DreamWorks Animation, well known for promoting female talent within their ranks to leadership roles. Here, six female directors share their memories of working at the studio during its first quarter century: Lorna Cook, Vicky Jenson, Elaine Bogan, Jennifer Yuh Nelson, Brenda Chapman, and Jill Culton.

Lorna Cook

Animator-director

For Cook,
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Movie Academy Board Of Governors Elections: Dody Dorn Wins Runoff For Film Editors Branch Seat – Update

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Updated, 10:08 a.m.: Dody Dorn has won the runoff election for the open Film Editors Branch seat on the 2019–20 Board of Governors. She and Mark Goldblatt had tied for the seat in the board election last week, just the fifth tie in Academy history.

Previously, June 11: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced its newly elected 2019–20 Board of Governors. They will assume their posts July 1.

Among the newly elected governors are 2019 Oscarcast producer Donna Gigliotti from the Executives Branch, screenwriter Eric Roth and filmmaker Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Kung Fu Panda 2 & 3).

Steven Spielberg was among those re-elected to the board — after his bid to revise Academy rules regarding streaming services — along with Laura Dern, Mark Johnson, Nancy Utley and others.

Balloting in the Academy’s Film Editors Branch produced a tie between candidates Dody Dorn and Mark Goldblatt,
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Love, Death & Robots renewed for season 2 by Netflix

Streaming service Netflix has taken to Twitter to announce that it has renewed the Tim Miller (Deadpool) and David Fincher (The Social Network) produced animated anthology series Love, Death & Robots for a second season.

"Love, Death and Robots" will be back! Jennifer Yuh Nelson has joined as supervising director for Volume 2 and will oversee all episodes pic.twitter.com/8OVStMbpeP

— See What's Next (@seewhatsnext) June 10, 2019

As you can see from the tweet, Netflix has also enlisted the Oscar-nominated Jennifer Yuh Nelson to serve as supervising director. Nelson’s credits include Kung Fu Panda and its two sequels, as well as the live-action feature The Darkest Minds.

Love, Death & Robots is a collection of shorts spanning science fiction, fantasy, horror and comedy and incorporating a range of animation styles from traditional hand-drawn to 3D CGI. The first season is available to stream now on Netflix.

The post Love, Death & Robots
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The Academy Selects Gender Parity With Its Newest Governors

The Academy Selects Gender Parity With Its Newest Governors
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has elected its 2019-20 Board of Governors. And it’s more diverse than ever before. These are the folks, for better or worse, who steer the Academy ship. When they assume their posts July 1, the number of women Academy governors will increase from 22 to 24, and people of color will grow from 10 to 11, including the already announced three new Governors-at-Large: DeVon Franklin, Rodrigo Garcia, and Janet Yang.

Among the 54 governors — three for each of 17 branches, serving three years — voluntarily leaving their board seats are Sharen Davis, Leonard Engelman, and Daniel Fellman, while terming out are president John Bailey, Robin Swicord, and John Bloom.

Among the finalists vying for board slots, actress Laura Dern beat out Tim Matheson and Rita Wilson, writer Eric Roth outpaced John Ridley, director Steven Spielberg overcame rivals Reginald Hudlin and Michael Mann, Oscar producer Donna Gigliotti outranked Sony executives Tom Rothman and Michael Barker,
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The Academy Selects Gender Parity With Its Newest Governors

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has elected its 2019-20 Board of Governors. And it’s more diverse than ever before. These are the folks, for better or worse, who steer the Academy ship. When they assume their posts July 1, the number of women Academy governors will increase from 22 to 24, and people of color will grow from 10 to 11, including the already announced three new Governors-at-Large: DeVon Franklin, Rodrigo Garcia, and Janet Yang.

Among the 54 governors — three for each of 17 branches, serving three years — voluntarily leaving their board seats are Sharen Davis, Leonard Engelman, and Daniel Fellman, while terming out are president John Bailey, Robin Swicord, and John Bloom.

Among the finalists vying for board slots, actress Laura Dern beat out Tim Matheson and Rita Wilson, writer Eric Roth outpaced John Ridley, director Steven Spielberg overcame rivals Reginald Hudlin and Michael Mann, Oscar producer Donna Gigliotti outranked Sony executives Tom Rothman and Michael Barker,
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Us Academy ups diversity with newly elected governors

More women and people of colour join board of Ampas in governors election.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Ampas) has elected new governors including Black Panther costumer designer Ruth Elaine Carter, Hidden Figures producer Donna Gigliotti and Forrest Gump writer Eric Roth to its board for 2019-20.

The election has slightly increased diversity among Ampas governors, with the number of women on the board increasing from 22 to 24 and the number of people of colour rising from ten to 11.

Carter will represent the costume designers branch, Gigliotti the executives branch and Roth the writers branch. Other newly elected
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Academy Board Election Results in More Diversity as Film Editors Branch Heads for Runoff

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Election results are in for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, with producer Donna Gigliotti and screenwriter Eric Roth among the newly chosen for the lofty positions that advise and manage the Oscar voting body. Prominent members to win reelection include Laura Dern, Steven Spielberg and Fox Searchlight executive Nancy Utley.

The election also proved an incremental win for inclusion, as the number of female Academy governors increases from 22 to 24, and people of color increases from 10 to 11.

Election in the film editors branch resulted in a tie, requiring an upcoming runoff election between candidates Dody Dorn and Mark Goldblatt. That vote will take place Monday, June 17, and end Tuesday, June 18.

The past year has been the most contentious in recent memory for the Academy, from the fallout over defunct host Kevin Hart to wide backlash over a decision to present certain Academy Award winners during commercial breaks on the annual telecast.
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Academy Increases Number of Women, People of Color on Its Board of Governors

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has elected its 2019-2020 Board of Governors, with 10 incumbents returning to positions on the board and six new governors elected for the first time.

The election increases the number of female governors on the 54-person board from 22 to 24, and the number of people of color from 10 to 11.

The election resulted in a tie in the Film Editors Branch, with Dody Dorn and Mark Goldblatt moving to a runoff election that ends Tuesday, June 18.

Also Read: Oscars to Move Back to Late February in 2021 and 2022

Despite the turmoil within the Academy over the last year, with numerous snafus around the Oscars show and new rules passed and then rescinded, incumbents fared extremely well in the election. Of the 11 incumbents who were running, 10 won re-election outright, while Goldblatt made it to the runoff election.

The re-elected incumbents included director Steven Spielberg, actor Laura Dern,
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Wia, USC Annenberg Present Major Study ‘Inclusion in Animation’ at Annecy Festival

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Annecy, France – Animation leads live action in terms of gender inclusion, but the statistics are still far from suggesting any parity. That was one main conclusion of the study “Inclusion in Animation – Investigating Opportunities, Challenges, and the Classroom to the C‐Suite Pipeline,” whose presentation kicked off the third Women in Animation World Summit, which took place June 10 at France’s Annecy Intl. Animation Film Festival.

The study was made by Stacy L. Smith and powered by The USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative –a think tank devoted to analyzing diversity and inclusion issues in the entertainment industries– in partnership with Women in Animation.

The report’s point of departure was to examine U.S. film and popular TV series animation, evaluating women’s inclusion above and below the line in key roles, and also in the executive positions at major companies and studios.

The study unveils some encouraging results. Noteworthy advances
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Netflix Has Renewed Love, Death + Robots For a Second Season

The first season of Netflix’s Love, Death & Robots was one hell of a wild and crazy ride! I loved and I’m happy to report that the streaming service has renewed it for a second season!

Deadpool director Tim Miller created the series and he teamed up with David Fincher to produce the series. It was also announced that Jennifer Yuh Nelson has been hired as supervising director on the show. She will be overseeing the development of every episode.

Love, Death & Robots featured multiple short episodes that were created by different animation teams from around the world. They featured a wide range of styles and genres such as sci-fi, fantasy, horror and comedy.

I enjoyed the first season! It was filled with all kinds of unexpected awesomeness and I can’t wait to see what Season 2 delivers.

"Love, Death and Robots" will be back! Jennifer Yuh Nelson has
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‘Love, Death and Robots’ Renewed for a Second Season at Netflix

‘Love, Death and Robots’ Renewed for a Second Season at Netflix
Tim Miller and David Fincher‘s offbeat animated anthology series Love, Death and Robots has been renewed for another season at Netflix. The experimental anthology series will be telling more violent and sexy sci-fi tales for a second season, this time with Kung Fu Panda 2 and 3 director Jennifer Yuh Nelson working as the supervising director. Read more about […]

The post ‘Love, Death and Robots’ Renewed for a Second Season at Netflix appeared first on /Film.
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TVLine Items: Sean Bean's Curfew Hits U.S., Vice News Cancelled and More

TVLine Items: Sean Bean's Curfew Hits U.S., Vice News Cancelled and More
Sean Bean and Adam Brody are hoping to make Curfew stateside: The Game of Thrones and O.C. vets’ British street-racing drama will debut in the U.S. exclusively via Spectrum On Demand on Monday, June 24. All episodes will be available that day for free and without ads for Spectrum video subscribers.

Curfew is set in a near-future London, where “a mysterious illness has spread throughout the country, leaving a population gripped in fear,” per the official synopsis. “As an increasingly desperate government imposes a strict nightly curfew, there is only one hope for freedom, from the virus and from tyranny…
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Netflix’s ‘Love, Death & Robots’ Gets Second Season Helmed By Jennifer Yuh Nelson

Netflix has brought on a female director for the newly-announced second season of its animated anthology series Love, Death & Robots.

The season will be helmed by animation veteran Jennifer Yuh Nelson, who, with her work on DreamWorksKung Fu Panda 2, became the first woman to direct an animated film for a major Hollywood studio. Nelson also directed Kung Fu Panda 3 and recently made her live-action directorial debut with young adult thriller The Darkest Minds. Before she became a director, she worked as head of story on Kung Fu Panda, and as a story artist on Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron and Madagascar.

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‘Love, Death & Robots’ Renewed For Season 2 By Netflix

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Netflix is bringing back adult-skewed animated anthology series Love, Death & Robots for another go-round. In addition, Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Kung Fu Panda) has joined as supervising director for the second season and will oversee all episodes. Netflix announced the news on Twitter.

Tim Miller created the series and executive produces with David Fincher, Jennifer Miller and Josh Donen. Love, Death & Robots showcases five- to 15-minute episodes created by different animation teams from around the world. The series features a wide breadth of genres — science fiction, fantasy, horror and comedy — that house the stories told through animation styles from traditional 2D to photo-real 3D CGI.

Nelson has directed multiple episodes of Spawn. She directed the dream sequence in Kung Fu Panda and went on to direct Kung Fu Panda 2 and Kung Fu Panda 3, as well as live-action feature The Darkest Minds. She also worked as a story artist on the 2005 animated film Madagascar.
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Love, Death and Robots Season 2 Confirmed By Netflix

Chris Longo Jun 10, 2019

The technology-driven animated series Love, Death and Robots will return for season 2 on Netflix.

The anthology boom is alive and well on Netflix: The streamer announced Love, Death and Robots Season 2 is officially confirmed. The series comes from executive producers Tim Miller (Deadpool) and David Fincher (Gone Girl) and released its 18-episode first season in March. With technology at the heart of the show, it used varying animation styles to tell a variety of stories - among them sci-fi, action, comedy, thrillers, and love stories.

Taking over the creative reins for season 2 is Jennifer Yuh Nelson, who directed Kung Fu Panda 2 and 3. Nelson will serve as supervising director. Miller was the driving force behind season one. He’s currently working post-production on the next installment of the Terminator franchise, which he directed.

It’s unknown for many new installments will be including in Love, Death
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