Welcome to NYWIFT Pallavi Bakshi! Following an incredible career in investment banking and equity research, Pallavi Bakshi is now part of Disney Streaming’s Strategic Finance team. Any given day might include reporting to executives, preparing data sets or market research. She has worked on projects for iconic brands in the Disney portfolio, including Marvel and Pixar. Pallavi shares more about her dynamic days here!READ MORE
When NYWIFT Board Member Kathryn O’Kane headed off to direct season two of The World According to Jeff Goldblum for Disney+ it was, in her words, “the worst of times” – the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, before vaccines were available and film production felt particularly dangerous and fraught. But the difficult work paid off, and has led to the best of times! Season two of the docuseries, which follows the beloved quirky actor as he pulls on the thread of a familiar topic to unravel a world of fascinating secrets, has been nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Hosted Nonfiction Series or Special.
We checked in with Kathryn to offer our congratulations, learn more about the filming process, and discuss what’s next for her.
Abigail E. Disney is an American documentary filmmaker, philanthropist, and social activist. She produced the documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell, and is the executive producer, writer, and director of The Armor of Light, which won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Social Issue Documentary.READ MORE
Women’s Soccer: The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team did more than just win the World Cup this weekend – they started a worldwide conversation about equal pay. They play better and bring in more income than the men’s team, but are paid less. And they’re suing. Mulan Trailer: The trailer for Disney’s live-action remake of Mulan...READ MORE
NYC Pilots: Business is booming in New York, with 11 hour-long pilots shooting here this year. This ties with the previous record year, 2012. Good News: Although Ava Duvernay’s A Wrinkle in Time wasn’t able to beat Black Panther at the box office, the films still made history, as both the #1 and #2 spots...READ MORE
Wrinkle Trailer: I’m excited to see Ava Duvernay’s A Wrinkle in Time, the Disney adaptation of the 1963 children’s classic by Madeleine L’Engle. The film makes DuVernay the first black woman to helm a $100 million studio feature. Watch the new trailer! Doctor Who: The British cult favorite series Doctor Who announced this weekend that...READ MORE
Photo: Matt Baron/BeImages Amy Poehler’s summer movie series will probably trump everyone else’s. Think you have long days? Gayle King has you beat. DirectingActors founder Adrienne Weiss advises on…directing actors. Insightful career advice from 3 women linked to Hollywood’s hottest projects. Impact Partners wants to give emerging documentary producers money! Christine McCarthy makes history at Disney...READ MORE
Unacceptable: The U.S. women’s soccer team received $2 million dollars after winning the World Cup for a third time. The men’s team earned $8 million for losing in the first round. Sign this petition and tell FIFA to pay women fairly. Laughable: Former Disney CEO Michael Eisner says that a woman who is beautiful and...READ MORE
Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP. Lily Tomlin discusses new projects, gender bias and partying in her trailer with Jane Fonda. It’s official: Amy Pascal is no longer co-chairman of Sony Pictures. Disney reveals its first Latina princess: Elena of Avalor. This Q&A with Transparent consultant Jennifer Finney Boylan is as important and informative as the show....READ MORE
Weekly Roundup: ‘OITNB’ Showrunner on Hollywood, Women Directors ‘Flip the Script,’ Remembering Bacall & Williams
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We’re highlighting some of the latest, most innovative competitions and programs for film, TV, digital, and writing: For the second year in a row, the Tribeca Film Festival has launched the #6SECFILMS Competition. Choose from one of the categories — #GENRE, #DRAMA, #COMEDY, #ANIMATION — and enter as many Vines as you want by March 27, 2014. Just...READ MORE
Susan Sontag, Quai des Grands Augustins, Paris, 2002, chromogenic print. Photograph by Annie Leibovitz (via The Australian). Reflecting on: Susan Sontag’s thoughts on stereotypes and their negative impact on culture, highlighted this week by Maria Popova on Brain Pickings. Surprised but satisfied by: the inclusion of five women in Variety’s annual 10 Directors to Watch list....READ MORE
How far do we still have to go? Check out NYFA’s infographic (link below) STILL PORING OVER: This incredibly comprehensive infographic about gender inequality in film sent to us by the New York Film Academy. From pay rates and movie portrayals to awards and ages, this is a definitive tool for understanding the state of women in...READ MORE
Photo via The Guardian. Oscar-winning ‘Brave’ Director/Writer Brenda Chapman is slamming Disney for sexualizing the animated film’s hero, Merida, for an upcoming toy line. With a cinched waist, low-cut gown, and sans bow and arrows, the once-realistic role model now looks like every other “perfect” princess in the Disney lineup. “I think it’s atrocious what...READ MORE