POPCHANGE

Jun 26

“There’s a double standard in terms of the kinds of things men can say in PG-13 movies. You put those same words in the mouths of women and it became far more terrifying. As soon as we articulated this and brought up examples, it was incredibly gratifying to see the MPAA came to the same conclusion.” — Emma Watts (President of Production, 20th Century Fox) on getting The Other Woman's initial R rating reduced to PG-13 without making any cuts

Jan 06

SNL’s newest cast member! Sasheer Zamata! Details here: http://www.deadline.com/2014/01/saturday-night-live-adds-sasheer-zamata-black-cast-member/

SNL’s newest cast member! Sasheer Zamata! Details here: http://www.deadline.com/2014/01/saturday-night-live-adds-sasheer-zamata-black-cast-member/

Jan 02

Bechdel-passing female characters make bank!! (Chart courtesy of Vocativ)

Bechdel-passing female characters make bank!! (Chart courtesy of Vocativ)

Sep 27

“When creative executives get in a room and go down the list of possible directors for a movie that’s already financed, they simply don’t see many women to choose from. If we get more women making movies, there will be more people to consider from that list. On some level it’s simply a numbers game.” — Mary Jane Skalski, a veteran film producer currently serving as a senior advisor to Gamechanger

Aug 22

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Jun 04

“We’ve created a place where a black woman can be at the front of the show, but a lot of our success is in how strong of an ensemble it is, and so many people can see themselves in it. We have a lead male who’s Latin. We have two black men. There’s a strong gay character. I look forward to the day when a show like Scandal is a success and it’s not newsworthy. We’re not there yet, but we’ll get there.” — Kerry Washington, who stars as Olivia Pope on ABC’s Scandal, talking about diversity on the show in the 6/5/13 issue of AwardsLine

May 21

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May 09

“Rhimes, at 43, is often described as the most powerful African-American female show runner in television — which is too many adjectives. She is one of the most powerful show runners in the business, full stop.” — NYT’s Shonda Rhimes profile

Apr 30

“When we did Ocean’s Thirteen the casino set used $60,000 of electricity every week. How do you justify that? Do you justify that by saying, the people who could’ve had that electricity are going to watch the movie for two hours and be entertained – except they probably can’t, because they don’t have any electricity, because we used it.” — Steven Soderbergh’s State Of Cinema Talk

Apr 14

Have you seen Blancanieves yet? Don’t miss it. Snow White as a female bullfighter in 1920s Spain. Playing in these cities.

Have you seen Blancanieves yet? Don’t miss it. Snow White as a female bullfighter in 1920s Spain. Playing in these cities.

Apr 07

JLaw = Best Choice for Young Han Solo (how awesome would that be?!)

JLaw = Best Choice for Young Han Solo (how awesome would that be?!)

Mar 29

“It’s changed in Hollywood, but only so much. You can’t get Asians cast in leads yet. Maybe as a second lead, but the lead is still going to be Caucasian or African-American. But Hollywood is fickle, it follows trends. If a show or a film did well with an Asian lead, then it would take off.” — actor Masi Oka from Heroes (read more here)

Mar 26

“at the current rate of growth it would take women 42 years to catch up with men in terms of TV writing staff jobs” — “2013 WGA TV Staff Diversity Report Finds Little Progress,” Deadline

Mar 25

'Downton Abbey' Adds Black Character

Mar 02

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