Women In Entertainment Sets Geena Davis, Raelle Tucker, ‘She-Ra’, And More For Annual Summit

EXCLUSIVE: The fourth annual Women In Entertainment Summit has revealed its roster of guests and speakers which includes Academy Award-winning actress Geena Davis and Jessica Jones Executive Producer Raelle Tucker. The event will also include a panel w…

EXCLUSIVE: The fourth annual Women In Entertainment Summit has revealed its roster of guests and speakers which includes Academy Award-winning actress Geena Davis and Jessica Jones Executive Producer Raelle Tucker. The event will also include a panel which will take a look at the forthcoming DreamWorks animated series She-Ra and the Princesses of Power. The summit takes place on Oct. 11 at that Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. From women in leadership to the…

‘Wonder Woman:’ Patty Jenkins Opens Up About How Her Father Inspired Chris Pine’s Character

Chris Pine’s character in “Wonder Woman,” Steve Trevor, is one of DC Comic’s oldest supporting characters, having debuted in 1941. But director Patty Jenkins’ was able to add a little something new to the character’s storied history by drawing inspiration from father’s life.

Jenkins explained that her father was an American fighter pilot in conversation with Co-Founder of Women in Entertainment Gretchen McCourt at the third annual Women in Entertainment Summit at the Skirball Center Thursday in Los Angeles.

“Heres the funny thing: it is literally the story [of my father],” Jenkins said. “The true story that not everybody knows is that my father was an American fighter pilot who flew from Europe.”

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Her father passed away in a plane crash during his time as a fighter pilot, which made her excited to tell Steve Trevor’s story–but she kept it as much of a secret on set as she could.

“I didn’t want anybody to know when we were shooting… I didn’t want people to come onto set and be nervous. I was like I’m not nervous, I’m ok,” she said, but added that she’s ready to share now that some time has passed. “It’s been a long time and I’m so honored to bring him back in this way.”

Jenkins also touched on the gender dynamics in the trench scene with Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) and the soldiers, when Diana jumps out in front of enemy fire, saying “they can’t afford to be sexist” on the day of battle. She described the soldiers as thinking “she’s tough, we should let her go ahead.”

“It was a great way of not belittling the gender difference and not belittling anybody, Jenkins said.

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Chris Pine’s character in “Wonder Woman,” Steve Trevor, is one of DC Comic’s oldest supporting characters, having debuted in 1941. But director Patty Jenkins’ was able to add a little something new to the character’s storied history by drawing inspiration from father’s life.

Jenkins explained that her father was an American fighter pilot in conversation with Co-Founder of Women in Entertainment Gretchen McCourt at the third annual Women in Entertainment Summit at the Skirball Center Thursday in Los Angeles.

“Heres the funny thing: it is literally the story [of my father],” Jenkins said. “The true story that not everybody knows is that my father was an American fighter pilot who flew from Europe.”

Her father passed away in a plane crash during his time as a fighter pilot, which made her excited to tell Steve Trevor’s story–but she kept it as much of a secret on set as she could.

“I didn’t want anybody to know when we were shooting… I didn’t want people to come onto set and be nervous. I was like I’m not nervous, I’m ok,” she said, but added that she’s ready to share now that some time has passed. “It’s been a long time and I’m so honored to bring him back in this way.”

Jenkins also touched on the gender dynamics in the trench scene with Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) and the soldiers, when Diana jumps out in front of enemy fire, saying “they can’t afford to be sexist” on the day of battle. She described the soldiers as thinking “she’s tough, we should let her go ahead.”

“It was a great way of not belittling the gender difference and not belittling anybody, Jenkins said.

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Patty Jenkins On Choosing The Right Projects As A Female Director, Streaming & What’s Next

“I’d rather do pilots than a movie that is fatally flawed.”
That’s one set of criteria Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins has before taking on a project. While she’s broken glass ceilings for female directors working on event films, delivering the best opening ever for a live-action tentpole helmed by a woman with Wonder Woman ($821.7 million in worldwide box office), Jenkins isn’t apt to sign on to a project “because it’s the first woman to take on something.”
“If it’s…

“I’d rather do pilots than a movie that is fatally flawed.” That’s one set of criteria Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins has before taking on a project. While she’s broken glass ceilings for female directors working on event films, delivering the best opening ever for a live-action tentpole helmed by a woman with Wonder Woman ($821.7 million in worldwide box office), Jenkins isn’t apt to sign on to a project “because it’s the first woman to take on something.” “If it’s…

Greta Gerwig Talks Learning on the Job in Directorial Debut ‘Lady Bird’

Greta Gerwig discussed the importance of learning on the job when it comes to filmmaking in conversation with CEO of CSpence Group Courtney Spence at the “Director’s Chair” panel at the third annual Women in Entertainment Summit Thursday at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles. 

She said she’s noticed among her peers the tendency “to over-prepare,” a sense that “you need to be so qualified to do something, particularly for women because there’s a fear that someone’s going to call you out.”

But after she wrote “Lady Bird,” she felt she was ready to make her directorial debut even though she wasn’t yet an expert.

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“The only way to get the knowledge is to jump and say ‘I don’t know, can you help me?’” she said. “Particularly in filmmaking, people can make women feel they don’t understand the technical part of it.”

Instead of letting the jargon get in the way, Gerwig found people she trusted to teach her those aspects of filmmaking she hadn’t already picked up during her work as an actress, co-writer and producer on other projects.

Why would you know what it is until someone explains it to you?” she asked. “Finding people you can admit you don’t know things to is a big part of [learning and success].”

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Gerwig also touched on being a millennial in the film industry. She thinks a sea change is coming because the younger generations “expect” to be see themselves onscreen; they want diversity and fresh voices. “It’s not that they don’t want to see things that aren’t about them,” Gerwig said of the demographic. “But they want the option of being represented.”

“[I’m] excited about the changing of the guard,” she said. 

“Lady Bird” will debut in US theaters Nov. 3.

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Greta Gerwig discussed the importance of learning on the job when it comes to filmmaking in conversation with CEO of CSpence Group Courtney Spence at the “Director’s Chair” panel at the third annual Women in Entertainment Summit Thursday at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles. 

She said she’s noticed among her peers the tendency “to over-prepare,” a sense that “you need to be so qualified to do something, particularly for women because there’s a fear that someone’s going to call you out.”

But after she wrote “Lady Bird,” she felt she was ready to make her directorial debut even though she wasn’t yet an expert.

“The only way to get the knowledge is to jump and say ‘I don’t know, can you help me?'” she said. “Particularly in filmmaking, people can make women feel they don’t understand the technical part of it.”

Instead of letting the jargon get in the way, Gerwig found people she trusted to teach her those aspects of filmmaking she hadn’t already picked up during her work as an actress, co-writer and producer on other projects.

Why would you know what it is until someone explains it to you?” she asked. “Finding people you can admit you don’t know things to is a big part of [learning and success].”

Gerwig also touched on being a millennial in the film industry. She thinks a sea change is coming because the younger generations “expect” to be see themselves onscreen; they want diversity and fresh voices. “It’s not that they don’t want to see things that aren’t about them,” Gerwig said of the demographic. “But they want the option of being represented.”

“[I’m] excited about the changing of the guard,” she said. 

“Lady Bird” will debut in US theaters Nov. 3.

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Bright Future For Diversity, Females In Showbiz, Say Women In Entertainment Panelists

“There is so much more inclusion than ever before, and I’ve been in the business for over 30 years,” beamed SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris today at the Women in Entertainment conference at Los Angeles’ Skirball Center.
The Code Black and Beverly Hills, 90210 actress was part of this afternoon’s “Designing Disruption” panel alongside STX Entertainment Chief Communications Officer Patti Rockenwagner, Warner Horizon EVP Brooke Karzen, and DreamWorks Animation Head of…

“There is so much more inclusion than ever before, and I’ve been in the business for over 30 years,” beamed SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris today at the Women in Entertainment conference at Los Angeles’ Skirball Center. The Code Black and Beverly Hills, 90210 actress was part of this afternoon’s “Designing Disruption” panel alongside STX Entertainment Chief Communications Officer Patti Rockenwagner, Warner Horizon EVP Brooke Karzen, and DreamWorks Animation Head of…

Patty Jenkins, Ava DuVernay, Greta Gerwig to Speak at Women in Entertainment 2017 Summit

Directors Patty Jenkins, Greta Gerwig and Ava DuVernay will be featured speakers at the Women in Entertainment Third Annual Summit, the organization announced Monday.

SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris will also speak at the event, as well as Margie Cohn, head of television at DreamWorks Animation, Marta Fernandez, SVP of original programming at Starz, Ellen McGirt, senior editor at Fortune Magazine, and film producer Jennifer Cochis.

The third annual summit will be held in Los Angeles on Nov. 2 of this year. Throughout the day, powerful keynotes, panel discussions and chats will be held, designed to address issues that affect women in the industry, including the rise of women’s leadership.

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“We are excited to bring new thought leaders to the table to continue these conversations. As the entertainment industry evolves, we’re proud to champion women and be a forum for these discussions,” said Renee Rossi, co-founder of Women in Entertainment. “The women featured this year are brilliant storytellers and creative forces. We couldn’t be more thrilled and excited for this year’s summit.”

Tickets can be purchased in advance at Eventbrite. Women in Entertainment launched in 2015.

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Directors Patty Jenkins, Greta Gerwig and Ava DuVernay will be featured speakers at the Women in Entertainment Third Annual Summit, the organization announced Monday.

SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris will also speak at the event, as well as Margie Cohn, head of television at DreamWorks Animation, Marta Fernandez, SVP of original programming at Starz, Ellen McGirt, senior editor at Fortune Magazine, and film producer Jennifer Cochis.

The third annual summit will be held in Los Angeles on Nov. 2 of this year. Throughout the day, powerful keynotes, panel discussions and chats will be held, designed to address issues that affect women in the industry, including the rise of women’s leadership.

“We are excited to bring new thought leaders to the table to continue these conversations. As the entertainment industry evolves, we’re proud to champion women and be a forum for these discussions,” said Renee Rossi, co-founder of Women in Entertainment. “The women featured this year are brilliant storytellers and creative forces. We couldn’t be more thrilled and excited for this year’s summit.”

Tickets can be purchased in advance at Eventbrite. Women in Entertainment launched in 2015.

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Women In Entertainment & ArcLight Santa Monica Line Up Female-Led Documentary Series

EXCLUSIVE: Women in Entertainment will feature series of female-directed documentaries at the ArcLight Santa Monica, screening over four consecutive Sundays at 4 PM beginning October 1. Two of the films — Everything Must Change and The S Word — are getting their premieres.
The series is part of an ongoing collaboration with ArcLight Cinemas to celebrate women behind the lens. This year’s fall lineup also includes The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin and Girl Unbound: The W…

EXCLUSIVE: Women in Entertainment will feature series of female-directed documentaries at the ArcLight Santa Monica, screening over four consecutive Sundays at 4 PM beginning October 1. Two of the films — Everything Must Change and The S Word — are getting their premieres. The series is part of an ongoing collaboration with ArcLight Cinemas to celebrate women behind the lens. This year’s fall lineup also includes The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin and Girl Unbound: The W…