BRIC Foundation Hosts Talent & Innovation Summit to Promote Inclusion, Diversity in Creative Leadership

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The BRIC Foundation will hold its first Talent & Innovation Summit on Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Hungarian Cultural Alliance in downtown Los Angeles. The daylong event features talks by thought leaders and industry disrupters from throughout the ente…

Women In Animation Chief Pens Open Letter On John Lasseter Hire

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Reactions among women’s advocacy groups in Hollywood was swift after last week’s news that John Lasseter had been hired to run David Ellison’s Skydance Animation, this after the creative force behind Pixar and Walt Disney Animation St…

Women in Animation Honors NFB’s Michael Fukushima, Animated Short ‘Music & Clowns’ With Diversity Awards

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Women in Animation has named National Film Board of Canada’s Michael Fukushima, animation pioneer Brenda Banks, and the animated short documentary “Music & Clowns” as the recipients of the organization’s WIA Diversity Awards…

Three-Day Symposium Set For Women In The Animation Industry

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A three-day symposium spotlighting female contributions in the field of animation and exploring solutions to sexual harassment, bias and the lack of diversity in the industry will be held Oct. 5-7 at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. The event – ca…

Women In Animation Crafts Anti-Harassment Pledge To Create Safety In The Workplace

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Women in Animation has joined hands with a group of independent studio owners to craft an anti-harassment pledge affirming there is no tolerance for harassment in the workplace. The pledge has already been adopted by OddBot, Inc., Six Point Harness, Titmouse, Bento Box Entertainment, CounterPunch Studios, Duncan Studio, Incessant Rain Animation Studios, Renegade Animation, Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, Tonko House and Wild Canary Animation. The studio president/owner(s) have…

Women in Animation, Indie Studios Partner on Anti-Harassment Pledge (EXCLUSIVE)

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Women in Animation has partnered with a group of independent studios on a pledge to have zero tolerance for harassment in the industry. The advocacy group has lined up 11 companies — OddBot, Inc., Six Point Harness, Titmouse, Bento Box Entertainment, CounterPunch Studios, Duncan Studio, Incessant Rain Animation Studios, Renegade Animation, Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, Tonko […]

Women In Animation’s Margaret Dean Urges Major Studios To Pledge To End Harassment

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Women in Animation is urging the cartoon industry to take the pledge — to stamp out sexual harassment in the workplace. In a recent letter to her members, WIA co-president Margaret Dean wrote that the heads of many indie animation houses already have taken the pledge, and she’s asking the major studios to take it too.
“WIA has also been instrumental in bringing together the heads of the independent studios in LA to talk about what can be done on their end,” she wrote…

One Female Animator’s Emotional Story Punctuates Harassment Panel

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The Women In Animation group brought together an all-star panel of attorneys, a psychiatrist with experience in employment law and the co-founder of a non-profit organization that works to combat harassment to discuss the ever-widening scandal that has engulfed Hollywood and Capitol Hill.
But it was one animator’s account of sexual harassment while working on the Disney Channel show Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil in 2012 that gave Wednesday night’s discussion…

Women In Animation Group Steps Up Efforts To Combat Workplace Sexual Harassment

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An organization dedicated to advancing women in the field of animation has taken up the fight against workplace sexual harassment, discussing the topic at meetings with independent studio owners, posting online resources for victims and planning a session with legal experts to offer advice.
As Hollywood seeks to come to terms with how to respond to numerous accounts of sexual misconduct, Women in Animation President Marge Dean notes sexual harassment is one reason the…