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28th July 2015
Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner — the former BBC executives responsible for Doctor Who, Torchwood and Da Vinci’s Demons — have launched U.K./U.S. production company Bad Wolf to produce high-end TV and film for the global television market. The company, which has the support of the Welsh government, will be co-sited in South Wales and Los Angeles.
28th July 2015
Luxembourg-born Martine Reicherts has been appointed as the new head of the European Commission’s (EC) Directorate-General Education and Culture (DG EAC) as part of an executive reshuffle. A lawyer by training, she is the successor to the Spaniard Xavier Prats Monné, who had held the post since last August and will now be taking up a new position as head of the EC’s health and food safety directorate DG SANTE from September.
23rd July 2015
This year's Emmy nominations included surprises, wearyingly predictable nods, and a few glaring snubs, but one of the most striking things about the nominations had to do with age. Of the 18 leading actress nominees across comedy, drama, and mini-series, 15 of them are over the age of 35. It would be nice if this wasn't notable, but it is. And it's awesome.
23rd July 2015
Announcing the slate on Wednesday, IFP executive director Joana Vicente noted the strong representation of women when she praised the organisation’s “long-standing history of supporting diverse voices.”
23rd July 2015
Newsnight presenter and chief correspondent Laura Kuenssberg has been confirmed as the BBC’s first female political editor. Kuenssberg, who was one of the favourites to land the role, succeeds Nick Robinson, who is joining the presenting team on Radio 4’s Today programme. Tony Hall, the BBC’s director general, described Kuenssberg as “an exceptional journalist”. Hall said: “Her knowledge of Westminster politics is second to none, but she also has a real flair for asking the questions the audience want answering.”
18th July 2015
India’s cinema and society is changing, and women are at its forefront. And so a striking aspect of this year’s London Indian film festival is the strength of its female contribution, with women producers, directors and lead characters dominating the schedule.
15th July 2015
The film industry has a notoriously strong masculine bias. Gender disparity is entrenched and women continue to face an uphill battle. The number of women in some areas of the industry, particularly technical, has been going backwards and, in most cases, fails to reach the 25% mark. Worryingly, this trend is widespread, apart from a few progressive countries - the shining example being Sweden.
15th July 2015
The film business is often accused of being an elitist industry, containing mostly white, middle/upper class men who live in London. Whilst there are always examples of companies and producers who are careful to buck this trend, overall the industry is sadly behind the times. I studied all UK films shot between 2009-13 (as defined and tracked by the BFI) and looked at the gender split within each film’s crew. In summary...
14th July 2015
Though 40% of this year's candidates to join the Academy's Board of Governors were women, female membership increased by only 6% after ballots were tallied. The 51-member Board -- made up of three members from each of the Academy's 17 Branches -- took a small step toward gender equality via a net gain of three women, which increased female membership from 27% (14 women) last year to 33% (17 women) this year. (A runoff election will take place in the Writers Branch between two male candidates.)
13th July 2015
The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF) has partnered with Czech Television and distribution firm Aerofilms to establish a new distribution label.  The move is intended to distribute international films in the Czech Republic throughout the year. Czech Television will select what it considers to be the “most interesting” TV movies and offer them for special screenings in cinemas.

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