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Writing For TV…

Have you seen/heard these insane & scary new stats courtesy of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media?

  • The more hours of TV girls watch, the fewer options she thinks she has in life; the more hours a boy watches the more sexist his views become.
  • If female characters are added to media programming at the current rate, gender balance won’t occur for 700 years.

According to Davis, “when there is a woman working as a writer or producer in a film, there is a greater chance that the film will include more positive images of women and girls.”

I took out a book from the library called Successful Television Writing and the authors used the pronoun “he” throughout. They only made references to The Dick Van Dyke Show. I was lucky enough to have the young man before me highlight the most important aspects of the book. He pointed me to the pivotal lessons by underling in scratchy, black, bald-point pen “it won’t be easy” and “writers usually do the writing.

This is what we’re up against. The good news is that the competition doesn’t seem too bright. We need more women writing TV and movies and can’t wait any longer. I’ll work on a spec script if you do, too.

BTW: It’s the LAST day to vote for my SxSW panel talking about these issues on an industry-wide stage. Please vote.

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