Veteran Talent Agent Lorrie Bartlett Joins ICM Partners Board

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ICM Partners announced on Monday that partner and co-head of the talent department Lorrie Bartlett will join the agency’s board.
“We are very proud and excited to announce that Lorrie Bartlett has been appointed to the board of ICM Partners…

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti Issues Challenge on Gender Equity: ‘Just Look, Just Measure and Just Act’

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti took the stage during TheWrap’s Power Women Summit on Friday to encourage everyone to stop dragging their feet if they want to take the Road to 50/50 by 2020, and instead “just look, just measure and just act.”

“It is important for us to give voice and new narrative, but it is the action what we leave behind with our work that is the most important,” Garcetti told the women in attendance at the summit at downtown L.A.’s Intercontinental hotel. “We are a city that doesn’t minimize or mock women that say #MeToo. We believe them. This is a city in which we know that our work comes from understanding gender everywhere that we go. And we can only do that when we are ourselves, in the words of Marcel Proust, not just going to new places, but seeing the world through new eyes. And to me that’s the challenge that I put forward to my city, to the companies that are here, to the organizations that are here, and started that at home as well.”

Garcetti noted that his office of a few hundred employees, “now has a 100 percent dollar for dollar match of men to women in this office,” adding: “And they tell us government is slow. If government can do it, come on, private sector, step up!”

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“In this city we have refused to stop at protests on the streets or statements on line, we’ve taken the energy that we see coming from women and people who believe in gender,” Garcetti said. “And to the few men that might be in this room, don’t own this issue because you have a wife or you have a mother — everybody has a mother. Own it because you are a human being who wants to see a just world and a place in which 50 percent of our brilliance should never be left behind.”

“It isn’t that difficult,” he said. “We have people who for so long twist their brains around, ‘I don’t know how I’ll get there, I guess I’ll have to start with some interns.’ Please will somebody take a gender or women or girls problem — just actually do it. Because if the City of Los Angeles can do that — for the first time we have a majority of women as our city’s 300 plus commissioners and board appointments and no all male boards — if we can do that in the first six months of this administration, you can do it in your c-suites, you can do it in your boards, you can do that where you work as well.”

Just a few days before the U.S. midterm elections, the focus of the Power Women Summit is to achieve gender equity in Hollywood, with the theme: The Road to 50/50 By 2020.

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The Summit is the largest gathering ever assembled of the most influential women in entertainment and media, attended and supported by studios, news organizations and non-profits across the entertainment industry landscape. It is presented by the WrapWomen Foundation, a division of TheWrap News.

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Cannes Film Festival Signs Pledge for More Women Directors, More Transparency

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The Cannes Film Festival and its two main sidebars signed a pledge on Monday to bring more films by women filmmakers into the lineup of international film festivals.

Cannes general delegate Thierry Fremaux, Directors’ Fortnight artistic director Edouard Waintrop and Critics’ Week head Charles Tesson became the first signatories of the Programming Pledge for Parity and Inclusion in Cinema Festivals, which was drawn up by the French gender-parity group 50/50 by 2020.

The signing took place in a tent near the beach in Cannes on Monday, where the festival representatives met with gender-parity groups from five different countries, including Time’s Up in the U.S. and U.K.

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The pledge, which will now go to additional film festivals around the world, does not require that the festival books a specific percentage of films directed by women, though it was drawn up to produce that effect.

According to Screen Daily, which published details, the document calls for the festivals to push for parity on their executive boards, compile statistics on the gender of the filmmakers and key crew members for all submitted films and increase the transparency of the selection process by publicly announcing selection committee members.

In the past, Fremaux had gone on record supporting affirmative-action-style moves to increase the number of women involved in the process, but had opposed the enforcement of any kind of gender bias in the selection of films for the festival.

The move came two days after a protest on the red carpet by 82 women (photo at top), at which Cannes jury president Cate Blanchett and iconic French director Agnes Varda read a statement that began, “Women are not a minority in the world, yet the current state of our industry says otherwise. As women, we all face our own unique challenges, but we stand together on these stairs today as a symbol of our determination and commitment to progress.”

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Only 82 women have had films in the main competition in the 71 years of the festival, compared to more than 1,600 men.

One woman director, Jane Campion, won Cannes’ Palme d’Or award for “The Piano” in 1993. Actresses Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux were specifically singled out to share the Palme with their male director, Abdellatif Kechiche, for 2013’s “Blue Is the Warmest Color,” but the prize officially went to Kechiche.

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One woman, Varda, has won the Honorary Palme d’Or, which has been presented seven times over the last 17 years.

French Minister of Culture Françoise Nyssen also took part in the event on Monday, and announced a three-day international conference for equality to take place in Paris in June.

Nyssen also made note of Harvey Weinstein’s role in creating the outrage that gave the movement impetus. “Let’s make Weinstein an opportunity for the cinema to be revolutionary,” she said.

At the end of the signing ceremony, the audience sang “Happy Birthday” to Cate Blanchett, who was in attendance.

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