Deadline Extended: We have extended the deadline for submissions to The Writers Lab this year. Women over 40, you now have until 11:59 PM EST on March 5th to send us your scripts!
Diversity Matters: As hoped, Marvel’s Black Panther had a wildly successful opening weekend – proof that gender and racial diversity can and will lead to box office success. The data has pointed that way for a while but I am glad to see the studios finally catching up. A recent study by McKinsey & Company shows that companies with more diverse workforces perform better financially. In fact, companies in the top 25% for racial and ethnic diversity are 35% more likely to have financial returns above their respective national industry medians.
Broadway Exclusion: Broadway could learn a few things from Black Panther. A new study from Broadway producer Ken Davenport underscores the reach of theatre’s gender disparity. Over the last five years, only 28% of commercial Broadway plays or musicals had women lead producers.
Cinematographer Rachel Morrison's arresting and haunting imagery has graced the screen in indies like Fruitvale Station, Dope and Mudbound. Most recently, she lensed the big budget feature Black Panther.READ MORE
Ruth E. Carter is an American costume designer (and NYWFT Designing Women honoree!) with an unparalleled ability to develop an authentic story through costume and character. And this year she became the first African American woman to win an Academy Award for costume design for her work in Black Panther.READ MORE
Barbara Hammer: Our industry lost a legend this week, pioneering queer experimental filmmaker Barbara Hammer. A recent Vanity Fair interview highlighted the inclusive spirit that...READ MORE