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Diane Paragas’s Timely Immigration Story Yellow Rose Arrives in NYC (Honeysuckle Magazine)

Diane Paragas’s Timely Immigration Story Yellow Rose Arrives in NYC (Honeysuckle Magazine)

In a media landscape dominated by outraged, emotional debates over our nation’s immigration crisis, DACA, ICE, detainment, and children’s immense suffering, writer/director Diane Paragas’s long-in-the-making film Yellow Rose has burst on to the scene. And it could not be more timely. The musical film follows 17-year-old Rose (Tony Award nominee Eva Noblezada), an undocumented Filipino girl who dreams of one day leaving her small Texas town to pursue country music. […]

NYWIFT Presents "2019 NYWIFT Summit: Inclusion, Equality and Safety" at the Ford Foundation for Social Justice (Yahoo! Finance)

NYWIFT Presents "2019 NYWIFT Summit: Inclusion, Equality and Safety" at the Ford Foundation for Social Justice (Yahoo! Finance)

New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) presented its first annual NYWIFT Summit on June 27th, 2019 from 4-8 PM, hosted by the Ford Foundation for Social Justice (320 East 43rd Street) with 175 film and television industry stakeholders in attendance. The theme for 2019 was Inclusion, Equality and Safety in the workplace for women working in the media industry. “We saw that NYWIFT was needed now more than ever, to raise our collective voice on issues that are vital for working women. We’ve been taking stock and mining what initiatives are being rolled out; how the networks, studios and agencies are responding and listening to our community of women across the industry,” said NYWIFT Board President Simone Pero in her opening remarks. […]

NYWIFT Members Doing Justice to True Crime (Honeysuckle Magazine)

NYWIFT Members Doing Justice to True Crime (Honeysuckle Magazine)

Death Row Stories explores the fallibility of the ultimate criminal penalty, capital punishment. Narrated by current and former death row inmates, each episode of Death Row Stories seeks to unravel the truth behind a different capital murder case and poses tough questions about the U.S. capital punishment system. It airs Sundays at 8pm, ET/PT on HLN….Death Row Stories has six New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) members working on the latest episodes! They share some insights from working on the series. […]

MovieMaker’s 15 Submission-Worthy Screenwriting Competitions of 2019 (MovieMaker Magazine)

MovieMaker’s 15 Submission-Worthy Screenwriting Competitions of 2019 (MovieMaker Magazine)

With Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman supporting The Writers Lab, it’s already raised the bar in its five-year existence by presenting the kind of female voice sparingly-heard in Hollywood fare. Produced by New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT), The Writers Lab selects a dozen talented women over the age of 40 to go on a retreat with their feature script. They take part in panels, peer discussions, and one-to-one meetings with luminaries including Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Robin Swicord (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Memoirs of a Geisha) and Pulitzer nominee and award-winning screenwriter Theresa Rebeck (NYPD Blue, Trouble). […]

 

‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ to Receive Designing Women Award (Variety)

‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ to Receive Designing Women Award (Variety)

The costume, makeup and design teams for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” will receive the Variety Ensemble Award as part of the Designing Women Awards. New York Women in Film & Television has announced the honorees for the 20th anniversary of its Designing Women Awards, which will be co-presented by Variety for the first time on June 11 at the Directors Guild of America Theater. The 2019 ceremony, hosted by comedian Zainab Johnson, will feature costume displays from “Game of Thrones” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Costume designer Donna Zakowska, makeup department head Patricia Regan and hair department head Jerry DeCarlo from “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” will receive the Variety Ensemble Award, along with their full design teams. Stars Rachel Brosnahan, Marin Hinkle and Caroline Aaron will present the award to their design colleagues. […]

A Mother of an Industry: The Challenges Moms in Entertainment Face (Shift)

A Mother of an Industry: The Challenges Moms in Entertainment Face (Shift)

…But the systemic nature of sexism in the industry means that fixing these issues won’t be as simple as resolving childcare. “Men are calling the shots, and they aren’t aware of the challenges that women face,” says Tonya McCornell, leader of the New York Women in Film & Television Moms Network, an affinity group that brings stakeholders together to help mothers in the industry. “We are working with moms who are afraid to admit to their bosses that they are mothers because they’ll lose the opportunity to work.” […]

NYWIFT Announces Ravenal Feature Film Grant Awardees Lydia Dean Pilcher and Suzanne Guacci (Shoot Online)

NYWIFT Announces Ravenal Feature Film Grant Awardees Lydia Dean Pilcher and Suzanne Guacci (Shoot Online)

New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) is pleased to announce the presentation of two grants funded by the Alan M. & Mildred S. Ravenal Foundation. The NYWIFT Ravenal Foundation Grant supports the production of a dramatic feature film from a female second-time feature film director over 40 years of age. Grant funds may be used for pre-production, production, or post-production. This year’s first-place $7,500 grant has been awarded to Lydia Dean Pilcher’s Liberté – A Call to Spy, which is currently in post-production. The film is based on the true story of three civilian women in Winston Churchill’s “secret army” who formed an unlikely sisterhood while entangled in a dangerous mission to stop Hitler. […]

 

Simone Pero Is Redefining the Meaning of ‘Impact’ (Stony Brook News)

Simone Pero Is Redefining the Meaning of ‘Impact’ (Stony Brook News)

Simone Pero could not possibly have chosen a more appropriate name for her strategic marketing and production firm specializing in the confluence of content and social action: For Impact Productions. Continuing to serve as visiting faculty, Pero, a Stony Brook alumna, was part of the original leadership team—along with Artistic Director Christine Vachon of Killer Films, Program Director Magdalene Brandeis, and Associate Provost Robert Reeves—responsible for creating what has evolved to become the Stony Brook MFA in Film with tracks in Directing, Screenwriting, TV Writing, and Producing, along with an Independent track….Named the president of the board of directors of New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) in July 2017, Pero testified in December 2017 about sexual harassment in the workplace before the New York City Human Rights Commission, the Commission’s first public hearing on sexual harassment in more than 40 years. […]

Lea Salonga & Eva Noblezada Immigration Drama ‘Yellow Rose’ Set As LA Asian Pacific Film Festival Opening Night Film (Deadline)

Lea Salonga & Eva Noblezada Immigration Drama ‘Yellow Rose’ Set As LA Asian Pacific Film Festival Opening Night Film (Deadline)

The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) unveiled today that the Diane Paragas film Yellow Rose starring Tony Award-winning actress and Broadway icon Lea Salonga and Tony Award nominee Eva Noblezada will open the 35th edition of the festival. LAAPFF is set to run May 2-10 in Los Angeles during Asian Pacific Heritage Month….Yellow Rose is supported by New York-based Asian CineVision, Cinematografo Originals (ABS-CBN Global), and was awarded the Ravenal Foundation Feature Film Grant last year by the New York Women in Film & Television. […]

NYWIFT Announces The Writers Lab for Women Screenwriters Over 40 Opens Submissions (Broadway World)

NYWIFT Announces The Writers Lab for Women Screenwriters Over 40 Opens Submissions (Broadway World)

New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) and The Writers Lab co-founders Elizabeth Kaiden and Nitza Wilon are pleased to announce the return of The Writers Lab for 2019. Now in its fifth year, the groundbreaking program provides exclusive mentorship opportunities with leading filmmakers to women screenwriters over the age of 40, increasing opportunities for content made by women. The program has been supported every year since its inception by Academy Award winner Meryl Streep, fostering work written by and about women, with 48 writers having completed the program to date. […]

Documentary Producers Alliance Fights “Credit Creep” with Proposed Industry Guidelines for Producer Credits (Filmmaker Magazine)

Documentary Producers Alliance Fights “Credit Creep” with Proposed Industry Guidelines for Producer Credits (Filmmaker Magazine)

In the world of documentary film, where projects gestate and then are produced over the course of years, and with funding often raised in stages from a variety of different sources, the determination of producer credits can turn into something like the Wild West. There are usually one or more producers who are actually producing the film, and they are supported by a bevy of archival producers, field producers, etc. But what about all the executive producers, co-producers, presenters, etc. — how did they become involved in a film, and what do their credits mean? […]

Sarah Jessica Parker and Ellen Burstyn Among NYWIFT’s 2018 Muse Award Winners (Women and Hollywood)

Sarah Jessica Parker and Ellen Burstyn Among NYWIFT’s 2018 Muse Award Winners (Women and Hollywood)

Sarah Jessica Parker and Ellen Burstyn are headed to the Muse Awards. Both are set to receive honors at the ceremony celebrating women’s contributions in entertainment. Presented by New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT), the 2018 edition will be held as a gala luncheon at the New York Hilton Midtown hotel on Thursday, December 13. Parker received an Emmy and four Golden Globes for her iconic “Sex and the City” character, Carrie Bradshaw. […]

Sarah Jessica Parker, Ellen Burstyn to Be Honored by NYWIFT (Variety)

Sarah Jessica Parker, Ellen Burstyn to Be Honored by NYWIFT (Variety)

New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) is gearing up to host an afternoon of recognition for outstanding women in the entertainment industry, both in front of and behind the camera. The 39th annual Muse Awards will honor actresses Sarah Jessica Parker and Ellen Burstyn at a gala luncheon held at the New York Hilton Midtown hotel on Dec. 13. […]

"This Changes Everything" Documentary Makes Jaws Drop During NYC Premiere (OK Magazine)

"This Changes Everything" Documentary Makes Jaws Drop During NYC Premiere (OK Magazine)

#TimesUp! This Wednesday evening in NYC, film fanatics, creative souls, journalists and proud feminists came together to celebrate the premiere of This Changes Everything, the shocking documentary about discrimination of women in Hollywood starring A-listers, directors, industry CEOs and more. The evening was hosted by the award-winning production company CreativeChaos vmg and New Plot Film with presenting sponsors: LYFT Entertainment and NYWIFT (New York Women in Film and Television). See the photos! […]

Cynthia Lopez to Head NY Women in Film and Television (Variety)

Cynthia Lopez to Head NY Women in Film and Television (Variety)

New York Women in Film & Television has named veteran media executive Cynthia López its new executive director, replacing Terry Lawler. Lopez has won 11 news and documentary Emmy Awards, a Special Emmy Award for excellence in documentary filmmaking, three Peabody Awards, and two duPont-Columbia Awards. She was the executive vice president and co-executive producer on the PBS documentary series “POV.” She served as commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment in 2014-15. […]

2018 Hamptons International Film Festival Bestows Accolades On Filmmakers (East Hampton Star)

2018 Hamptons International Film Festival Bestows Accolades On Filmmakers (East Hampton Star)

The Hamptons International Film Festival announced Monday morning the winning films in its competition categories, among other prizes…Anne Chaisson, the executive director of HIFF, presented Terry Lawler, the outgoing executive director of New York Women in Film and Television, with the first Industry Advocate for Women Award.[…]

#MeToo a year later: Where is Hollywood now? For some, it's still 'lip service' (USA Today)

#MeToo a year later: Where is Hollywood now? For some, it's still 'lip service' (USA Today)

There’s a consensus in Hollywood: Change is slow and it’s coming, but the industry can’t afford to let the gas run out. And it might. A year ago, the #MeToo movement took flight as The New York Times and The New Yorker published stories cracking open the decades-long predation of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. Since then, the producer has been banished from the glitterati’s ranks, and more victims began speaking up about the horrors behind Hollywood’s doors. […]

New York Women in Film & Television Announces The 2018-2019 NYWIFT Board Members (Broadway World)

New York Women in Film & Television Announces The 2018-2019 NYWIFT Board Members (Broadway World)

New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) is pleased to announce the results of the 2018 Board of Directors election. As a nonprofit 501c3 public charity, NYWIFT is governed by an 18-member board of directors. Board members serve on committees in the areas of Development, Membership, Communications, Programming and Special Events. The board is elected by the membership. […]

NYWIFT: “Women Calling the Shots” Photo Exhibit Concludes NYWIFT’s 40th Anniversary Year (Honeysuckle Magazine)

NYWIFT: “Women Calling the Shots” Photo Exhibit Concludes NYWIFT’s 40th Anniversary Year (Honeysuckle Magazine)

This year, New York Women in Film & Television’s (NYWIFT) 40th anniversary ended with a reception and photography exhibit entitled “Women Calling the Shots.” The 30 photographs displayed at the WhiteBox nonprofit space were submitted by NYWIFT members. Each one captures a moment in time while they are working in their respective fields of television and film. […]

Participants Named for Writers Lab, Backed by Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman (Variety)

Participants Named for Writers Lab, Backed by Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman (Variety)

The Writers Lab, backed by Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman, has unveiled it dozen 2018 participants — all women writers over 40, Variety has learned exclusively. The program is the only lab devoted exclusively to women writers over 40, with the goal of fighting both ageism and sexism. The Writers Lab 2018 is produced by IRIS and New York Women in Film & Television, in collaboration with  […]

Here's How to Get Your Documentary on Television (No Film School)

Here's How to Get Your Documentary on Television (No Film School)

There are many avenues available for documentary filmmakers who are looking to get their films out into the world. CNN and POV (Public Broadcasting Service) provide two examples of TV broadcasting platforms to consider. During the panel, “Television Opportunities for Documentary Filmmakers” at NYWIFT’s (New York Women in Film and Television) Film Financing Day, advice was given on this very matter […]

How to Know if Your Documentary is in Need of a Sales Agent (No Film School)

How to Know if Your Documentary is in Need of a Sales Agent (No Film School)

Documentary filmmakers know, that in order to make a film, we have to wear many hats. We’re often a combination of directors, producers, cinematographers, sound operators, and editors…and due to low budgets, we even find ourselves as accountants, production assistants, and grant writers; the list goes on and on. We can’t be experts in every field, and in some cases, it can be vital to delegate the tasks to someone else […]

NYWIFT’s AfriAmerican Immigrant Screening: Local Stories, Global Themes – Madeline Johnson reports (Exclusive Guest Post) (AWFJ)

NYWIFT’s AfriAmerican Immigrant Screening: Local Stories, Global Themes – Madeline Johnson reports (Exclusive Guest Post) (AWFJ)

In Astoria’s historic Kaufman Studios, filmmakers from the African diaspora shared local stories that reverberated deep into universal themes and questions as part of the fourth annual New York Women in Film & Television’s (NYWIFT) Women Filmmakers: Immigrant Stories screening on May 31, 2018[…]

New York Women in Film & TV Announce 2018 Designing Women Honorees (Variety)

New York Women in Film & TV Announce 2018 Designing Women Honorees (Variety)

This year’s New York Women in Film & Television Designing Women Awards Gala, which honors makeup artists, hair stylists, and costume designers, will be held May 21 with some special guests. The 19th annual event, co-presented by Variety, will welcome actresses Nia Long, Christine Ebersole, and Debra Monk as presenters, with comedian Sunda Croonquist as emcee for the evening. […]

Film series puts projects showing 'NYC immigrant experience' in spotlight (AMNY)

Film series puts projects showing 'NYC immigrant experience' in spotlight (AMNY)

A free film series highlighting the work and stories of female immigrants has returned to New York City for the fourth year, with screening dates expected through June. The Women Filmmakers: Immigrant Stories festival, which kicked off last week, rounds up movies and TV scripts that delve into the “NYC immigrant experience” within the five boroughs from varying perspectives, […]

Women Filmmakers: Immigrant Stories (Black Talent)

Women Filmmakers: Immigrant Stories (Black Talent)

NEW YORK, NY (April 12, 2018) – Women Filmmakers: Immigrant Stories, the acclaimed screening series featuring films directed and/or produced by women telling the stories of NYC immigrants, returns for a fourth season. Funded by the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs, City Council Member Robert Holden and City Council Member Joseph Borelli as part of the Cultural Immigrant Initiative of the New York City Council, this year’s Immigrant Stories Series has expanded to include programs in both Queens and Staten Island. […]

USA TODAY Exclusive Survey Reveals Shocking Statistic of Sexual Misconduct in Hollywood (Business Wire)

USA TODAY Exclusive Survey Reveals Shocking Statistic of Sexual Misconduct in Hollywood (Business Wire)

MCLEAN, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–USA TODAY, part of Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI), published an exclusive survey with the alarming finding that 94% of the women questioned had experienced some form of sexual harassment or assault in their careers in Hollywood. USA TODAY partnered with The Creative Coalition, Women in Film and Television, and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center to conduct the survey, which focused specifically on Hollywood. […]

Nicole Kidman Lends Her Support to The Writers Lab (Hollywood Reporter)

Nicole Kidman Lends Her Support to The Writers Lab (Hollywood Reporter)

Nicole Kidman is lending her support to The Writers Lab, which supports women screenwriters over 40 by providing mentoring from leading filmmakers. The Writers Lab was launched in 2015, with funding from Meryl Streep, who has continued to provide support every year since its inception. Kidman follows the example of past supporters, such as Oprah Winfrey, who have matched Streep’s donation. […]

The Fight for Equality at the Sundance Film Festival (Fox News Radio)

The Fight for Equality at the Sundance Film Festival (Fox News Radio)

In the wake of sexual harassment scandals plaguing the entertainment industry–several groups at the Sundance Film Festival are stepping up their fight for equality. Out of 122 feature films premiering at Sundance, 37 percent are directed by women: (Murphy) “We want to highlight women, we want to feature women, but we understand that there are problems in the industry.” Amid the “Me Too movement”–  […]

 

New York Women In Film & Television Invite Women Screenwriters Over 40 To Participate in The 2018 Writers Lab Funded by Meryl Streep (Black Talent)

New York Women In Film & Television Invite Women Screenwriters Over 40 To Participate in The 2018 Writers Lab Funded by Meryl Streep (Black Talent)

New York Women in Film & Television and IRIS announce  THE WRITERS LAB FOR WOMEN SCREENWRITERS OVER 40 are now open for submissions. The Acclaimed Program for Women Over 40 Is Now in Its Fourth Year.The Writers Lab returns in 2018, once again with funding from Oscar winner and NYWIFT Muse honoree Meryl Streep. The Writers Lab, established for women screenwriters over the age of 40 […]

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul Speaks at New York Women in Film & Television’s Muse Awards (Tumblr)

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul Speaks at New York Women in Film & Television’s Muse Awards (Tumblr)

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul kicked off the New York Women in Film & Television’s (NYWIFT) 38th Annual Muse Awards lunch on Dec. 14 by recognizing the vision and achievements of the women who work in New York’s entertainment industry. “You are the ones who can use your art and talents to put a spotlight on what is going on in society today,” […]

Judith Light Praises 'Truth-Telling,' 'Courage' in Hollywood at New York Women in Film & Television Event (Variety)

Judith Light Praises 'Truth-Telling,' 'Courage' in Hollywood at New York Women in Film & Television Event (Variety)

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,” Judith Light said on stage at the New York Women in Film & Television’s 38th annual Muse Awards on Thursday. “We are awake now in a way we have never been before.” Light avoided the red carpet because she did not want to talk “Transparent,” according to the org’s publicist on the carpet. […]

Laura Dern Says It’s ‘Really Exciting’ That Star Wars: The Last Jedi Has Strong Female Leads (Just Jared)

Laura Dern Says It’s ‘Really Exciting’ That Star Wars: The Last Jedi Has Strong Female Leads (Just Jared)

Laura Dern is all smiles while striking a pose at the 2017 Muse Awards held at New York Hilton Midtown on Thursday (December 14) in New York City. The 50-year-old actress was honored at the annual gala holiday luncheon celebrating the vision and achievements of women who work in the entertainment industry. […]

Judith Light delivers powerful speech about Hollywood reckoning (Page Six)

Judith Light delivers powerful speech about Hollywood reckoning (Page Six)

Judith Light gave an emotional speech about women rising up in the entertainment industry upon accepting an honor at New York Women in Film & Television’s annual Muse Awards on Thursday. “As always, and even more so today, women in our business and in our world are taking up the mantle of courage and truth telling and consciousness and they move and inspire me,” said Light, tearing up as she spoke. […]

New York Women in Film & Television to Honor Laura Dern, Judith Light, Others at Muse Awards (Variety)

New York Women in Film & Television to Honor Laura Dern, Judith Light, Others at Muse Awards (Variety)

New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT), which focuses on gender equality in the New York entertainment industry, will celebrate its 40th anniversary by honoring six leading women in entertainment at the 38th Annual Muse Awards on Dec. 14 at the New York Hilton Midtown. The gala, emceed by Nancy Giles, will honor women who have made strides in film, television, and digital media. […]

Watch NYWIFT’s Fall Shorts Festival Online Now (Women and Hollywood)

Watch NYWIFT’s Fall Shorts Festival Online Now (Women and Hollywood)

Want to check out a film festival without the hassle of ordering tickets, waiting in long lines, and dressing up? You’re in luck. You can experience the New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) Fall Shorts Festival from the comfort of your home, so put on some pajamas, order a pizza, and enjoy. WIFT’s first-ever online film fest runs through November 17. The lineup consists of 74 projects by NYWIFT members.  […]

Industry Leaders, New York Legislators Urge Governor to Sign Diversity Tax Credit Bill (Variety)

Industry Leaders, New York Legislators Urge Governor to Sign Diversity Tax Credit Bill (Variety)

Leaders of New York’s film and TV production community and local legislators called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign the TV diversity tax credit bill that would earmark $5 million in state incentives in an effort to open doors for more women and people of color as writers and directors. […]

Meryl Streep, Oprah Winfrey-Funded Writers Lab Selects Projects (Hollywood Reporter)

Meryl Streep, Oprah Winfrey-Funded Writers Lab Selects Projects (Hollywood Reporter)

Twelve projects have been selected to participate in The Writers Lab, produced by New York Women in Film and Television and IRIS, an organization that promotes female voices in fictional film. Meryl Streep and Oprah Winfrey fund the program, entering its third year, which bills itself as the only lab in the world devoted to providing script development for women writers over the age of 40. […]

Hollywood is ignoring women over the age of 45, and these experts know why (Mic)

Hollywood is ignoring women over the age of 45, and these experts know why (Mic)

A new study finds that sexism remains alive and well in Hollywood — especially against older women. A report released Monday by the Media, Diversity and Social Change Initiative at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism found that of the top 100 grossing films of 2016, just 34 had women in leading roles. Women over the age of 45 constituted just eight of those 34 films. […]

New York Women in Film & Television Announces New Board President Simone Pero (Broadway World)

New York Women in Film & Television Announces New Board President Simone Pero (Broadway World)

New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) is pleased to announce Simone Pero as the new President of its board of directors as of July 1, 2017. Pero was most recently Vice President of Special Events, and previously Vice President of Membership. She is founder of For Impact Productions, a social impact film marketing and production company. […]

New York State Adds Diversity Reports to Film Tax Credit Application (Tumblr)

New York State Adds Diversity Reports to Film Tax Credit Application (Tumblr)

In a push to encourage diversity across New York State’s film and television industry, applications for the New York State Film Tax Credit Program now include two new forms that will provide critical information to support that effort.  The forms, which are optional for applicants, will gather additional hiring and vendor information to help direct development of industry-inclusive programs and policies: […]

Women Directors Play Lead Role in Stony Brook Film Festival This Summer (Stony Brook)

Women Directors Play Lead Role in Stony Brook Film Festival This Summer (Stony Brook)

Bucking the age-old Hollywood gender trend of male directors dominating the big screen, Stony Brook Film Festival is taking a decidedly female turn this summer by choosing an unprecedented number of films directed by women. And that wasn’t necessarily the plan. They were just the best films submitted, said Alan Inkles, founder and director of the Stony Brook Film Festival  […]

Carmen Ejogo at NYWIFT's Designing Women (Vimeo)

Carmen Ejogo at NYWIFT's Designing Women (Vimeo)

Actress Carmen Ejogo at New York Women in Film and Television’s 2017 Designing Women Gala. Topic: Gaining experience in acting when you are within an underrepresented group. […]

New York Women in Film & Television Announces 2017 Designing Women Honorees (Variety)

New York Women in Film & Television Announces 2017 Designing Women Honorees (Variety)

Makeup artist Kyra Panchenko (“Snatched,” “The Girl on the Train,” “Kill Bill”), hair stylist Melissa Forney (“Hidden Figures,” “Empire,” “Selma”), and costume designer Melissa Toth (“Manchester by the Sea,” “The Visitor,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”) have been named the 2017 Designing Women honorees, presented annually by New York Women in Film & Television. […]

Apply Now for NYWIFT Fund for Women Filmmakers Grants (Women and Hollywood)

Apply Now for NYWIFT Fund for Women Filmmakers Grants (Women and Hollywood)

The New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) Fund for Women Filmmakers is now accepting submissions for its 2017 grants. According to a NYWIFT press release, female filmmakers are welcome to apply to four different categories: the Loreen Arbus Disability Awareness grant, In-Kind Post Production grants, the Nancy Malone Marketing and Promotion (MAP) grant, and the Ravenal Foundation Feature Film grant. […]

SVA's Dusty Awards Presenters Announced (Animation Magazine)

SVA's Dusty Awards Presenters Announced (Animation Magazine)

Reeves Lehman, chair of the Film and Animation BFA programs at New York’s School of Visual Arts, and award-winning producer Annie Flocco — director of SVA’s 28th Dusty Film & Animation Festival — have revealed this year’s prestigious Dusty Awards presenters. The event will once again be hosted by media personality Valerie Smaldone, and is set for May 8 at 6:30 p.m. EST at the SVA Theatre, streaming online at dusty.sva.edu. […]

Attention, Screenwriters: New Opportunities for Horror, TV and Women Over 40 — Roundup (Yahoo)

Attention, Screenwriters: New Opportunities for Horror, TV and Women Over 40 — Roundup (Yahoo)

Every week, IndieWire’s Filmmaker Toolkit rounds up the latest in opportunities that can help those looking to advance projects or get a career started in the film industry. The following grants, labs, fellowships, contests and other non-profit opportunities could be a great way to help kickstart your movie and TV dreams. […]

Women Filmmakers: Immigrant Stories - Acclaimed NYWIFT Screening Series Returns February 27th (Film News)

Women Filmmakers: Immigrant Stories - Acclaimed NYWIFT Screening Series Returns February 27th (Film News)

Women Filmmakers: Immigrant Stories Series, the acclaimed screening series featuring films directed and/or produced by women telling the stories of NYC immigrants. Funded by the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley as part of the Cultural Immigrant Initiative of the New York City Council, this year’s Immigrant Stories Series has received extra funding to expand the series to include two screening programs per month through June 2017.

Passing Straight: What being queer means for women working in television, both behind and in front of the camera (Curve Magazine)

Passing Straight: What being queer means for women working in television, both behind and in front of the camera (Curve Magazine)

My agent’s assistant once told me in a meeting that my agent “thinks that you can only play lesbian characters.” Even though my agent was a gay man he assumed that because I had short, spiky hair I would be seen as lesbian, and therefore more easily cast in lesbian roles. According to GLAAD’s most recent “Where Are We on TV” report, only 33 percent of the 4 percent of LGBT characters in primetime programming on broadcast networks are actually lesbians. So to be typecast would mean fewer jobs for me.

Meryl Streep Supports The Writers Lab for Women Screenwriters Over 40 (Again) (Women and Hollywood)

Meryl Streep Supports The Writers Lab for Women Screenwriters Over 40 (Again) (Women and Hollywood)

Once again, three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep is putting her money where her mouth is. For the third year in a row, the actress is supporting The Writers Lab, a program for women screenwriters over the age of 40. Streep has divulged that as soon as she turned 40, she was immediately offered a number of witch roles, a disturbing but predictable indication of how Hollywood sees aging women: wrinkly and monstrous. We’re betting these depictions have something to do with the fact that the overwhelming majority of screenwriters who get hired to pen high-profile films are men.

Dispatches from NYWIFT 37th Annual Muse Awards Honoring Women in Film, Television & Media (Indie NYC)

Dispatches from NYWIFT 37th Annual Muse Awards Honoring Women in Film, Television & Media (Indie NYC)

The New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT) had it’s 37th annual Muse Awards gala luncheon on Thursday, December 8 at the Hilton hotel in New York City, to recognize and celebrate extraordinary women for their achievements, talent and vision in the entertainment industry.

Bloomberg Media COO Jacki Kelley honored with Muse Award (Bloomberg Media)

Bloomberg Media COO Jacki Kelley honored with Muse Award (Bloomberg Media)

At a star-studded gathering yesterday, New York Women in Film and Television honored five inspiring women with its annual Muse Award. Along with actors Mary-Louise Parker, Debi Mazar and Martha Plimpton, and Firelight Media founder Marcia Smith, Bloomberg Media’s COO Jacki Kelley was recognized for her visionary leadership. […]

After Trump election, women in media urge protection of free speech (Crains New York)

After Trump election, women in media urge protection of free speech (Crains New York)

President-elect Donald Trump cast a shadow on the 37th annual New York Women in Film and Television’s Muse Awards luncheon on December 8. The gala recognizes and celebrates the achievements of women in the film, television and digital media industries. Some of this year’s six honorees flagged the election and state government actions at the Standing Rock pipeline protests in the Dakotas as aggressive acts against the media and free speech. […]

37th Muse Awards a Resounding Success (Curve Magazine)

37th Muse Awards a Resounding Success (Curve Magazine)

After a year which saw many setbacks for minorities and women, especially the disappointing results of the presidential election, the New York Women in Film and Television’s 37th annual Muse Awards, gave many women hope and courage to continue the good fight for equality in business, in politics, in civic life, and in the film and television industries. […]

CBS Sunday Morning's Calendar: Week of December 5 (CBS News)

CBS Sunday Morning's Calendar: Week of December 5 (CBS News)

Thursday’s the day our own Nancy Giles hosts the annual New York Women in Film and Television Muse Awards gala. 36th Annual Muse Awards, December 8, 11:30 a.m., at the Hilton New York. New York Women in Film and Television. […]

Mary Louise Parker, Martha Plimpton, and More Honored at NYWIFT Muse Awards (Women and Hollywood)

Mary Louise Parker, Martha Plimpton, and More Honored at NYWIFT Muse Awards (Women and Hollywood)

New York Women in Film and Television will hold its 37th annual Muse Awards Gala on December 8, and has announced the recipients of this year’s awards. The Muse Awards recognize and celebrate the achievements of women in the film, television, and digital media industries. Actress and CBS commentator Nancy Giles will host the ceremony’s events.

Catching Up with Debi Mazar (NBC New York)

Catching Up with Debi Mazar (NBC New York)

Debi Mazar stops by to chat about season 3 of her hit TVLand series “Younger,” upcoming NYWIFT Muse Award & more. (Published Monday, Nov 21, 2016 | Credit: New York Live) […]
New York Women in Film & Television Announces Muse Awards Honorees (Variety)

New York Women in Film & Television Announces Muse Awards Honorees (Variety)

New York Women in Film and Television’s 2016 Muse Awards gala luncheon is set for next month in New York City, with actress and CBS commentator Nancy Giles on board to recognize five stand-out women in the film, television, and digital media industries. […]

MoMA to Screen Films by NYWIFT's Women's Film Preservation Fund, Today (Broadway World)

MoMA to Screen Films by NYWIFT's Women's Film Preservation Fund, Today (Broadway World)

New York Women in Film & Television’s (NYWIFT) is pleased to announce that the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has invited two films by the animator Jane Aaron, preserved by NYWIFT’s Women’s Film Preservation Fund (WFPF), to screen at To Save and Project, MoMA’s International Festival of Film Preservation. […]

New York Comedy Festival brings shows to Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx (AMNY)

New York Comedy Festival brings shows to Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx (AMNY)

New York is comedy central. The biggest names perform here often. The most iconic live franchise on TV shoots here. The city’s venues are legendary. So it stands to reason that organizers of the New York Comedy Festival, which kicks off its 13th edition on Nov. 1 and runs through Nov. 6, must think big. […]

Female Filmmakers Buck the Industry (East Hampton Star)

Female Filmmakers Buck the Industry (East Hampton Star)

One of the many surprises in “Wig Shop,” Kat Coiro’s compelling 15-minute contribution to the Hamptons International Film Festival’s program of shorts by female filmmakers, was Emily Mortimer’s performance as an Orthodox Jewish woman. […]

The 40th Anniversary Of "Charlie's Angels" . . . And The Uneasy History Of "Jiggle TV" (Fast Company)

The 40th Anniversary Of "Charlie's Angels" . . . And The Uneasy History Of "Jiggle TV" (Fast Company)

It’s been 40 years since Charlie’s Angels first premiered on ABC, catapulting the once struggling network to the number one spot and three relatively unknown actors to supernova stardom. Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith, and Kate Jackson assumed the roles of Jill Munroe, Kelly Garrett, and Sabrina Duncan, respectively, after a contentious battle with wary execs who weren’t convinced that women could carry a detective show on their own. […]

New York Women in Film & Television and IRIS collective announce 12 winning screenwriters (Crains New York)

New York Women in Film & Television and IRIS collective announce 12 winning screenwriters (Crains New York)

Female writers over the age of 40 are tapped to participate in The Writers Lab, funded by Meryl Streep […]

Meet The Women Making Your Favorite Shows Look Good (Bust)

Meet The Women Making Your Favorite Shows Look Good (Bust)

On June 13th, New York Women in Film & Television held their annual “Designing Women” event to celebrate and recognize women working in costume design, hairstyling and makeup in film, television, and digital media. This event is not only spectacular for spotlighting women in the film and television industry, but also those who work behind the scenes—often overlooked, but crucial to the final product. […]

Meet the Woman Behind the Makeup in Tyler Perry & Spike Lee Movies (Galore Magazine)

Meet the Woman Behind the Makeup in Tyler Perry & Spike Lee Movies (Galore Magazine)

Throughout her 20 plus years in the industry, makeup artist Anita Gibson has become one of the top film makeup artists in the industry without any traditional makeup schooling. Directors like Spike Lee and Tyler Perry rely on her expertise to make their stars look incredible on screen.  She just received an award at the 2016 New York Women in Film & Television’s Designing Women Awards, and now she’s sharing advice with us on how she managed to work her way up in the film industry and how you can too. Read her story, as told to Kayla Jackson, to see how she’s a legend in her own unique way: […]

Will Arnett, Ray Liotta, Maura Tierney Present at the Women in Film & TV Awards (Fashion Week Daily)

Will Arnett, Ray Liotta, Maura Tierney Present at the Women in Film & TV Awards (Fashion Week Daily)

Last eve, New York Women in Film & Television hosted its 17th Designing Women Awards Gala, which celebrates the leading ladies in costume design, makeup, and hairstyling who take their talents to the sets of big and small screen projects. Will ArnettLela LorenRay Liotta, and Maura Tierney presented costume designer Sarah Edwards, makeup artist Anita Gibson, hair stylist Rose Chatterton, and the crew of The Affair their honors, with comedian Jessica Kirson on emcee duty. Below, the best bits from each of the speeches, and the lowdown on the evening’s honorees […]

Hollywood Stars Speak Out in Effort to Combat Gender Pay Gap (NPR)

Hollywood Stars Speak Out in Effort to Combat Gender Pay Gap (NPR)

Actress Robin Wright made a splash when she revealed that it was only by threatening to go public that she was able to negotiate her House of Cards salary to be the same as that of her male co-star. Pay equity in Hollywood isn’t a new issue, but getting around it by sharing salary information might be a new way to combat it. […]

New York Women in Film & Television Announce Designing Women Honorees (Variety)

New York Women in Film & Television Announce Designing Women Honorees (Variety)

Makeup artist Anita Gibson, hair stylist Rose Chatterton and costume designer Sarah Edwards will be honored at New York Women in Film & Television’s 17th annual Designing Women Awards Gala June 13. Co-presented by Variety, the gala brings together names including Ray Liotta and Maura Tierney to recognize the make-up artists, hair designers and costume designers that create and oversee the diverse characters in film and TV. […]

Staten Island Documentary Gets Citywide Attention (Immigrant Screening Series) (NY1)

Staten Island Documentary Gets Citywide Attention (Immigrant Screening Series) (NY1)

A documentary about Staten Island students from immigrant families is reaching audiences across the city. NY1’s Aaron Dickens filed the following report. Gabriela Juarez-Aureoles says she has always felt welcome in her community because many of her classmates come from immigrant families like herself. […]

Meryl Streep Boosts Over-40 Women Screenwriters (Ms. Magazine)

Meryl Streep Boosts Over-40 Women Screenwriters (Ms. Magazine)

Back in 1986 Newsweek made a point of suggesting that for all practical purposes, women are dead at age 40.  Women over 40, they wrote, are “more likely to be killed by a terrorist” than get married. And Newsweek had statistics to back it up: Women over 40, they claimed “have a minuscule 2.6 percent probability of tying the knot.” What is it about women and age 40? Well, this month, Meryl Streep is taking a stand against this extraordinary, sweeping discrimination against perhaps America’s most powerful demographic. Streep, who is over 40, fully represents the striking contradiction of female stereotypes. Having worked all her life in Hollywood, she remains always ethereal, always brilliant, always beautiful. […]

Meryl Streep to Fund The Writers Lab, Supporting Women Screenwriters Over 40 (EXCLUSIVE) (IndieWire)

Meryl Streep to Fund The Writers Lab, Supporting Women Screenwriters Over 40 (EXCLUSIVE) (IndieWire)

Meryl Streep, currently presiding over this year’s Berlin International Film Festival jury, has signed on once again to fund The Writers Lab, a four-day screenwriting retreat and development intensive for women screenwriters over the age of 40. […]

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