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15 May 2017

Research Institute for Gender in Media launches at WFTV Making A Difference Conference

Today marks the launch of the new Research Institute for Gender in Media (RIGM), which WFTV is proud to be associated with.

RIGM is a global network focusing on contemporary research into gender issues in the creative industries including film, television and gaming. It will encompass both academic and industry research across the full spectrum of screen-based media to produce a global statistical picture of the Film and TV industry.

Despite the existence of a number of excellent research centres focusing on gender issues, there are currently no research institutes which focus primarily on women across the media industries globally and how they fare NOW. The idea is to collect comprehensive data from both industry and academic sources, to identify issues and to propose actions to correct them – globally.

Founded by Lyndsay Duthie, Kim Akass, Jane Roscoe and WFTV’s very own Kate Kinninmont, MBE (all pictured above) the institute brings together some of the top academic minds practising in the field of media from the UK, USA, Europe and Australia. As it develops, the intention is to recruit other experts from around the world.

WFTV CEO Kate Kinninmont, MBE said: “WFTV has undetaken a wide range of intiatives to improve the industry experience for women, including some strong research projects. But RIGM will turbocharge the entire research field and give us a real chance to tranform the future.”

Director of the Institute, Lyndsay Duthie added: “I have a 15 year association with WFTV so I’m delighted to be launching this new global research institute in association with them. RIGM gives us the opportunity to kick start a number of research initiatives and really effect change. We are all well aware of the figures for under-represented women working in the media, statistics that have remained the same for decades – let’s change that!”

The organisation will soon be launching a website where updates and information will be posted. You can follow RIGM on Twitter: RIGM_TV.

RIGM’s Executive Board:

Lyndsay Duthie, Programme Leader, Film and Television, University of Hertfordshire
Kim Akass, Head of the Media Research Group, University of Hertfordshire
Kate Kinninmont, MBE, CEO of Women in Film and Television (WFTV)
Dr Jane Roscoe – CEO, London Film School.
Professor Sue Turnbull – Professor of Communication and Media, The University of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
Martha Nochimson – Professor of Film, Author, New York, USA