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Lunchtime Skills Workshop: Claim Your Power to Create the Entertainment Career You Deserve

25 Sep 2018 @ 12:30pm

Looking to have a more powerful say in the way things are handled in your entertainment career? Tired of giving decisions over to your agent, manager, producer or collaborator? Feeling intimidated about money and talking a deal? This interactive workshop will give you the agent’s/life coach’s take on how to reclaim making bold decisions in your career and claim your true creative/business voice. Learn the most effective ways to build your confidence, communicate with conviction and ask for what you truly want. Gain the skills to negotiate in a way that minimizes the fears and maximizes the results. Hear the insider’s tips on how to network with results. Also, learn the most effective ways to pitch yourself and your projects. This workshop is all about claiming your authentic voice, honoring your creativity, leveraging your strengths and being fully expressed.

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Latest news

Now in its 21st year, the Boxed In study, sponsored by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University and headed up by executive director Dr. Martha M. Lauzen, provides the most comprehensive historical record of women’s representation and employment in television available. The 2017-2018 report show little to no improvement for female representation.

Read more about the study.

Terry Lawler and the Board of Directors of New York Women in Film & Television announced today that Terry will conclude her tenure as Executive Director on December 31, 2018.

Strategic planning has been underway for an Executive Director transition for the past two years as part of NYWIFT’s five-year strategic plan.

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Film criticism remains dominated by white male critics. Now in its second decade, the Thumbs Down: Film Critics and Gender, and Why it Matters study, sponsored by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University and headed up by executive director Dr. Martha M. Lauzen, found male reviewers outnumber female reviewers 2 to 1.

This disparity affects the visibility of female-driven films.

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The Writers Lab 2018, presented by New York Women in Film & Television and IRIS and funded by Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman, selected the 12 writers to attend the upcoming retreat in September.


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The DGA recently released a study sharing that the pool of first-time episodic TV directors ‘is more inclusive than ever.’ This pool, which includes women and minorities, shows an encouraging employment gain, setting record highs for the second year in a row.

Learn more about the study.

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  • "As always and even more so today, women in our business are taking up the mantle of courage and truth-telling and consciousness, and they move and inspire me. We are awake now in a way we have never been before."

    - Actor Judith Light, accepting her 2017 NYWIFT Muse Award

  • "My faith is renewed by the way I experience this vanguard moving through the world with such grace at such a complex time. Speaking truth to power and creating a legacy for the women and the men who follow."

    - Actor Judith Light, accepting her 2017 NYWIFT Muse Award

upcoming events

  • Lunchtime Skills Workshop: Claim Your Power to Create the Entertainment Career You Deserve

  • Member Screening: Shorts Program

  • The Pitfalls & Practicalities of Intellectual Property (IP) Protection

  • Making Motherhood Work in the Film & TV Industry



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Terry’s Picks: Casting News, Women’s History, Boxed In

Casting News: Tony Award Nominee Eva Noblezada (Miss Saigon, Les Miserables) led the cast of Diane Paragas’ musical drama film Yellow Rose along with Tony Award Winner Lea Salonga (Once On This Island, Miss Saigon). The film, which wrapped production in Texas last month, received the NYWIFT Ravenal Foundation Feature Film Grant. Women’s History: This...

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Terry’s Picks: Love Gilda, Bold Move, Emmy Nominations

Love, Gilda: Lisa D’Apolito’s acclaimed feature documentary Love, Gilda, about legendary comedian Gilda Radner, hits theaters nationwide on September 21st. The film was fiscally sponsored by NYWIFT. Bold Move: Beginning in 2019, works that do not demonstrate inclusivity in their production practices will no longer be eligible for the Outstanding British Film or Outstanding Debut...

Terry's Picks
Terry’s Picks: Reel Equity, Film Registry, Good News

Reel Equity: Tell the entertainment industry that you support members of historically female crafts in their demand for Pay Equity by signing your name to this Open Letter to the Entertainment Industry.  Film Registry: The Library of Congress accepts 2019 recommendations from the general public for its National Film Registry via their online form through September...

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Throughout history, and specifically film and television history, women have been early to identify and seize opportunity in emerging fields—only to be edged out of those fields, and their history, once they become mainstream. Mellini Kantayya shares four great reads about the women pioneers of early Hollywood.


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