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20 November 2017

2018 WFTV Mentoring Scheme Participants Announced!

Women in Film and Television is delighted to announce the 20 women who have been selected to join the WFTV Mentoring Scheme. The scheme, which aims to support mid-career level women working in TV and film, starts in February 2018 and is supported by EON Productions, Pinewood Studios, BBC, Channel 4, Avid, Lionsgate, Twickenham Studios […]

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20 November 2017

WFTV CEO Awarded Honorary Doctorate

WFTV CEO Kate Kinninmont, MBE was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Arts by Bournemouth University on Tuesday 7 November. She describes the honour as “the cherry on the cake!” Kate added “I was  really excited to be there and to receive this honorary doctorate – partly because I think the media department in Bournemouth is […]

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17 November 2017

The 2017 WFTV Awards are upon us…

Let the excitement commence! Here at WFTV, we’re stocking our gorgeous gift bags and dusting off the red carpet. We can’t wait to announce our winners on 1 December and celebrate what has been a brilliant year. If you weren’t lucky enough to get your hands on a ticket for the big event, you can […]

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17 November 2017

Swedish Film Institute to Introduce Sexual Conduct Education Programme

In the wake of sexual misconduct allegations which have recently hit Scandinavia just as they have in the US and UK, the Swedish Film Institute – headed by Anna Serner (pictured right) – has launched a programme dedicated to educating producers and filmmakers about sexual harassment. Organised by the institute in cooperation with actors’ and […]

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17 November 2017

DGA Reports Record Year for Hiring of Women and Ethnic Minority Directors on Episodic TV

Ethnic and gender diversity among episodic television directors in the US continued to increase over the past season, according to the latest Directors Guild of America report. The percentage of episodes directed by ethnic minorities rose by 3% to a record 22% of all episodes, while the percentage directed by women went up 4% to […]

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17 November 2017

Going It Alone: Documentary Director Jane Williams Shares the Story of Making Her Indie Documentary, Pilgrim Home

In this guest blog post, Birmingham-based director and WFTV member, Jane Williams describes her journey from BBC secretary to making her first independent documentary, Pilgrim Home – the untold story of an English Manor house where events over 400 years ago would come to define the spirit and ideals of the United States of America. […]

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17 November 2017

Female Film Execs Reveal Harassment at Festivals and Markets

Since revealing the painful story of Daniela Elstner during the AFM, Screen has spoken to dozens of women in the industry who have also experienced incidents of sexual harassment, often at film festivals and markets. Incidents range from lewd jokes to unwanted physical contact with one instance of the latter taking place at this year’s […]

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17 November 2017

Women and Hollywood to Celebrate Gurinder Chadha, Elizabeth Karlsen and More at London Anniversary Celebration

Women and Hollywood, the initiative that educates, advocates and agitates for gender equality in Hollywood and the global film industry, will host the London celebration of its 10th anniversary at The May Fair Hotel on Monday 27 November. Over the last decade, Women and Hollywood has been the leading resource that sets the standard and […]

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17 November 2017

More Than 100 Individuals Have Contacted Us To Share Their #MeToo Experiences

As reported on the front cover of this week’s Broadcast magazine, more than 100 individuals have contacted Women in Film and Television to add their voices to the growing industry dossier of appalling experiences of sexual harassment, bullying and abuse of power. The testimonies were received in a single month after we called for people to […]

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11 November 2017

Open Letter to Prime Minister calls for Shared Parental Pay Benefit for the Self-Employed

WFTV CEO Kate Kinninmont, MBE is a signatory of an open letter the the Prime Minister calling to extend the new Shared Parental Pay Benefit to the self-employed. The letter describes Maternity Allowance as placing the entire burden of childcare on the mother and points out that self-employed fathers and adopters get nothing. Other signatories […]

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03 November 2017

Boudica Films Introduces #NoPredators and Other Practical Measures in Response to #MeToo

Boudica Films have today announced the launch of a series of measures to combat the “overt sexism that is deeply ingrained in the film industry”. The finance and production company that supports female-centric films has introduced three measures in response to the claims of sexual harassment by thousands of women in the #metoo twitter campaign. […]

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26 October 2017

Former WFTV Mentees Involved in Broadcast Investigation into Diversity in TV

Three former WFTV Mentees were involved in a new Broadcast investigation into diversity in TV which has revealed discrimination and a need for change at commissioner level. Editor Zeb Achonu (also a WFTV Board member), journalist and documentary filmmaker Cathy Heffernan, and presenter Ria Hebden (pictured above) were amongst 25 professionals from various areas of […]

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26 October 2017

Apple Appoints Jay Hunt as Creative Director of Europe for Worldwide Video

Former Channel 4 Chief Creative Officer Jay Hunt has been appointed Creative Director of Europe for Worldwide Video at Apple. Hunt will join the company’s International Creative Development team in January. Her appointment comes as Apple is preparing to spend $1bn on the development and acquisition of original TV content over the next year and […]

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26 October 2017

Producer Lydia Hampson Announced as BAFTA Breakthrough Brit

Congratulations to WFTV member and producer Lydia Hampson who has been announced as one of this year’s BAFTA Breakthrough Brits. Lydia started her career in live production, working as a runner on Just For Laughs Live. After scouting talent in rooms above pubs to develop and take to the Edinburgh Fringe, she got her TV […]

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26 October 2017

The Art of Illusion (or the Magic of Film Production) – A guest blog by Wendy Laybourn

“Sadly, too many students come out of education thinking that production is all about the headliners – performers, producers, directors and cinematographers – and are totally unaware of the number of people (and range of skills) it takes to produce what we see at the cinema or on television.” Film production, as anyone who has […]

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20 October 2017

WFTV Members’ Films Make BIFA Best British Short Film Award 2017 Long List

Congratulations to directors Eva Riley and Sarah Clift, whose short films have made the long list for this year’s British Independent Film Awards’ Best British Short Film Award. Sarah’s film, La Madre Buena won the A+E Networks WFTV Lifetime Shorts Competition in 2016 and has gone on to win many other awards, including the Audience […]

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20 October 2017

New BECTU Report Highlights Damaging Impact of Long Working Hours

A BECTU report into long hours in film and TV production is calling for an industry-wide commission to address a culture which is harming the industry. Eyes Half Shut contains original research into long-hours of working in the UK film and TV industries and is now downloadable from the BECTU website. It reveals a shocking […]

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16 October 2017

Harvey Weinstein and #MeToo: Help Us To Take Meaningful Action

Our industry, and much of the world, has been convulsed by the Harvey Weinstein revelations. WFTV Chief Executive, Kate Kinninnmont, commented across a range of platforms last week, including speaking on BBC News, ITV news and Sky News, but now we are turning our attention to what action is needed to change things. WFTV will […]

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13 October 2017

‘Let’s Not Pretend That Harvey Weinstein Is One Bad Apple’ Says WFTV CEO Kate Kinninmont, MBE

As more and more women come forward to share their experiences of sexual harrassment and assault at the hands of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, our Chief Executive Kate Kinninmont, MBE blogs for Huffington Post UK about an industry-wide culture which needs to change: Marilyn Monroe called Hollywood an overcrowded brothel and tales from the casting […]

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10 October 2017

BFI Sets 50/50 Gender Balance As Part of New Diversity Targets

The BFI has revealed details of key changes to its Film Fund, which follow on from many of the suggestions outlined in BFI2022. The reforms include setting concrete diversity targets for talent development as well as its development and production funds. These will apply to writers, directors and producers and will come into effect from […]

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