WFTV News

3rd July 2015
  Two federal agencies and a department of California’s state government have agreed to meet with the American Civil Liberties Union next month to discuss the organization’s call for an investigation into allegations that Hollywood systematically discriminates against women directors, an ACLU official said Monday.  
2nd July 2015
It has been announced that writer and WFTV member, Paula Milne (The Virgin Queen), will be collaborating with director Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall) on a new first world war drama. We have collaborated in the past with Paula on our WFTV Writer's Group events, and she has shared her knowledge and experience with other women in the industry.
2nd July 2015
The BBC is to cut 1,000 jobs because of a £150m budget gap in its licence fee income. An unexpected increase in the number of households saying they do not watch live TV so do not pay for a licence has been blamed for the shortfall. Many cuts are to come from professional and support areas, while management structures will be streamlined. BBC director general Tony Hall says this will save around £50m a year so more cuts will come. Lord Hall said the BBC was facing "difficult choices" because of the tough financial climate.
2nd July 2015
WFTV member Rebekah Louisa Smith, founder & CEO of The Film Festival Doctor, and her team are currently producing the Century Film Festival, which will run again this year after a successful first edition which took place at Soho’s the Century Club in March.
1st July 2015
Less than a third of the Academy’s new members are female or of colour. With continued scrutiny of its overwhelmingly white, male membership, the organization that votes on the Academy Awards admitted less than a third non-white or female members this year, according to a count by TheWrap.
30th June 2015
WFTV Chair, Elizabeth Karlsen, has been chosen to deliver the strategic partners keynote at Canada’s Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax which opens on 17th September. Karlsen’s conversation titled ‘Getting From There To Here’ will cover how she built her career in the US and Europe, from her origins in the New York independent scene to launching Number 9 Films in the UK and red carpet glory in Cannes. Carol premiered in the south of France last month.
28th June 2015
This survey is the second stage in gathering data for European Women's Audiovisual Network report into gender equality amongst European directors.
28th June 2015
A record number of women and people from ethnic minorities are running for seats on the board of governors at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organisation responsible for the Oscars, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Among the 27 female candidates is director Ava DuVernay, who many felt was snubbed by the academy when her Martin Luther King Jnr biopic, Selma, failed to win her a best director nomination earlier this year.
26th June 2015
TORONTO - TriBro Studios says that it wants to help put an end to gender inequality in North American film and television production. Putting its money where its mouth is, the Toronto-based studio has kicked off an incentive program designed to encourage the hiring of women in leading creative positions. TriBro pledged to cut studio fees in half for any female-helmed productions at their existing 70,000 square foot studio in Toronto, and at their future studio at Durham Live in Pickering, located just east of Toronto.
25th June 2015
The Guardian International Television Festival powered by YouTube has announced its full schedule for its 40th Anniversary Year. Taking place between 26 - 28 August, this year the TV Festival will be talent-focused, with more international content than ever before, and promises to be the most entertaining in the history of the industry's seminal television event. Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, John Whittingdale MP, will face questions from journalist and ITN newsreader Alastair Stewart.

Pages