Geena Davis Symposium attracts 300 top researchers and entertainment industry leaders


The second annual Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media symposium, held this month in Los Angeles at Skirball Center Cultural Center, brought together hundreds of behind-the-scenes entertainment-industry content creators and decision-makers as well as researchers to challenge the lack of gender equality in Hollywood and address gender stereotypes in children's entertainment.

Geena Davis, founder of the Geena Davis on Gender in Media Institute, and Alloy Media Chairman of the Board Geraldine Laybourne were among the event's keynote speakers. A roundtable discussion of researchers, a luncheon and panels rounded out the one-day event, giving the invitation-only attendees a chance to hear yet-to-be published research from Dr. Stacy Smith, associate professor at USC's Annenberg School of Communication & Journalism, on the industry's openness to make change as as well as hear insight on how to improve female portrayals and reduce gender stereotyping in children's film and television content.

The event's speakers and panel participants included: Vinny Bruzzese, president, Ipsos OTX Motion Picture Group; Don Hahn, producer/director, Walt Disney Studios; Laeta Kalogridis, producer and writer; John Lee Hancock, director and writer; Linda Woolverton, writer; Erin Fuller, CEO Alliance of Women in Media; Gina Girolamo, SVP, TV, Alloy Media; Linda Simensky, VP, Children's Programming at PBS; and Nancy Kanter, SVP, Playhouse Disney Worldwide.

The event was sponsored by Wallis Annenberg, The Annenberg Foundation, CAA, CBS, Sony, Disney/ABC and Nickelodeon.

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