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The ACLU Takes Action

Posted by Rena Sternfeld on May 12, 2015 in The search |

After many conversations, phone calls, meetings, statistics and more statistics, the ACLU of Southern California is taking action. You can read the whole article in the NYT here, and the full letter here Tweet This Post

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The Celluloid Ceiling: Behind-the-Scenes Employment of Women on the Top 250 Films of 2014

Posted by Rena Sternfeld on January 15, 2015 in The search |

by Martha M. Lauzen, Ph.D. Copyright © 2015 – All rights reserved. _________________________________ In 2014, women comprised 17% of all directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, and cinematographers working on the top 250 (domestic) grossing films. This is the same percentage of women working in these roles in 1998 (see Figure 1). Women accounted for […]

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2015 Oscar nominations show lack of diversity in a year when films didn’t

Posted by Rena Sternfeld on January 15, 2015 in The search |

Here is another article from The Washington Post “Instead, as photographs of the nominees flashed behind the announcers, what emerged was a depressingly monochrome, uni-gendered visual tableau — reflecting the statistical realities of a steadfastly un-diverse industry. On Tuesday, Martha Lauzen, executive director of the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film […]

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DGA Five-Year Study of First-Time Directors in Episodic Television Shows Women and Minority Directors Face Significant Hiring Disadvantage at Entry Level

Posted by Rena Sternfeld on January 15, 2015 in The search |

DGA First-Time Episodic Directors Study January 8, 2015 Los Angeles – The Directors Guild of America today issued the results of a five-year analysis of the gender and ethnic diversity of first-time directors on scripted series. In the five-year period studied (2009-2010 through 2013-2014 television seasons), 479 directors received their first assignment in episodic television. […]

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“With A Smile”

Posted by Rena Sternfeld on July 21, 2014 in The search |

  A genuine man left us. James Garner.     When he was asked by Barbara Walters how he would like to be remembered, he answered “With a smile”. Just a mensch that made it a pleasure to be on the set for 12-16 hours a day. I heard it  from a 1st AD who was there, […]

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Another Open Letter from a Female TV Director

Posted by Rena Sternfeld on July 17, 2014 in The search |

This time from my friend Rachel Feldman. The fight to be recognized and employed continues. This article has a little bit more information about what is really going on inside the television and movie business and why female TV directors are so rarely employed. An excellent open letter to showrunners who are at the neck […]

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“The World is Round, People!”

Posted by Rena Sternfeld on March 10, 2014 in The search |

And the articles, they keep coming.  WE managed to stir things a little bit.     Here’s an article by Maureen Dowd in the NY Times. She calls it “Frozen in a Niche?” in which she talks about Cate Blanchett becoming a challenger: “She chided industry colleagues “who are still foolishly clinging to the idea […]

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A Female Director Speaks Out

Posted by Rena Sternfeld on March 10, 2014 in The search |

Maria Giese had enough. She’s been working hard  trying to change the situation of women directors. After directing two features (“When Sunday Comes” – a British production, and “Hunger”) she tried to “break in” into television directing and found the same white, wide, tall wall I encountered, with no door in it. She joined the […]

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Something I Did Lately

Posted by Rena Sternfeld on January 29, 2014 in The search |

Here is a parody I directed with friends.     spread the word. Tweet This Post

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There is Nothing New Under the Sun

Posted by Rena Sternfeld on January 24, 2014 in The search |

The more I look into the issue, the more things I find that make me mad. Like? Like this report published in 1978 by a California Advisory Committee to the US Commission on Civil Rights.     Tweet This Post

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