Hollywood is finally ready to get serious about its major gender discrimination issues.There was a secret meeting of 44 Hollywood bigwigs to come up with a plan "for solving the gender parity issue that plagues Hollywood," according to a report in Deadline.
The meeting, hosted by Women in Film and the Sundance Institute at the Pacific Design Center in LA, took place Oct. 15 and 16 but news of it is only now being made public.
The group included stars like Maria Bello, Orange is the New Black creator Jenji Kohan, and a slew of agents and honchos like Len Amato, the president of HBO Films, and Bonnie Arnold, co-president of Dreamworks Animation.
Their four-point plan includes advocating "Unconscious Bias" training, which will teach execs to identify "blind spots" which lead to shutting out women.
They'll implement a "Gender Parity Stamp," which will recognize films and TV shows that put women behind the camera—not just on-screen.
A sponsor/protégé program will be launched, which will pair new female film and TV directors with an advocate for a year-long training program.
And those 44 who attended the secret meeting will spread the word to their studios and agencies and commit to growing their list of advocates.
The meeting followed news of the gender wage gap made public by the Sony hacks—when we found out that Jennifer Lawrence made less than her male costars in American Hustle—and reports about the shocking lack of female directors in Hollywood.
Participant Erik Feig, co-president of Lionsgate, told Deadline of the meeting: "As someone who has professionally and creatively greatly benefited from women as protagonists, directors, producers, writers, fellow executives and audiences, gender parity has always seemed like the most win-win goal for anyone in the entertainment industry, so getting behind this objective was a very easy decision for me."
Yeah, it's about damn time.
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