Posts with Category: Industry

Women in Film Stand Up for Gender Equality at Cannes

May 25, 2018  |  Film Festivals

Women in Hollywood are mad as hell and they’re not going to take this anymore, to paraphrase the classic film, Network. They’ve already taken a fierce stand against sexual assault, harassment and gender inequality as part of the #MeToo movement, which includes Hollywood’s Time’s Up campaign. In May, women brought their message to Cannes, France,…

How Late-Night Talk Show Hosts Might Be the Activists America Needs Right Now

August 3, 2017  |  Industry

Shows like Samantha Bee’s Full Frontal and John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight use humor to reframe complex policies and uncover the essential outrageousness, hypocrisy and injustice in today’s political circus. Plus, with talk show hosts like Jimmy Fallon bringing in guests like Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Stephen Colbert hosting Black Lives Matter activists on The Late Show, pointed political conversations – on issues from…

We Are Seeing This! The Emmys Deliver on Diversity

September 23, 2016  |  Television

It wasn’t too long ago that we were writing about #OscarsSoWhite, a hashtag created by Managing Editor of April Reign after not a single actor or actress of color was nominated for an Academy Award in 2015 – and then it happened again in 2016. So the fact that nearly 25 percent of acting nominations…

Anti-Fracking protestors

Hollywood Re-Acts to the Frack Attacks

March 17, 2016

Proponents of fracking believe that the hazardous extraction process is a wonderful contribution to the economy and energy independence – as long as they don’t have to live near it, drink tainted water, or be subjected to polluted air and other health threats. Unfortunately, many residents of LA cannot escape the impacts of fracking. So…

Social Issues at the Golden Globes

January 12, 2016  |  Film

Last night we live-tweeted the Golden Globes highlighting some of our favorite storylines and projects. Here’s  some of our favorite moments from the night that hit big on social causes. America Ferrera and Eva Longoria poked at Hollywood’s racism problem in a classy and hysterical bit. Both are tenacious activists who work with important social…

andACTION cocktail party

Cocktails for Change

December 16, 2015  |  AndACTION in Action

We brought together changemakers, cause leaders and some of Hollywood’s most creative minds to continue the conversation on using entertainment to inspire social change. Palihouse West Hollywood provided an appropriately festive venue for the evening. The event was co-hosted by Keli Lee, managing director of international content and talent for ABC Entertainment Group; Chad Boettcher, head of…

A scene from disaster flick "The Day After Tomorrow" shows the statue of liberty covered by ice and snow.

Climate Change: Making Doomsday Films Work for the Greater Good

October 2, 2015  |  Film

Arguably, the media’s sometimes-fantastical, sometimes-accurate doomsday obsession both works toward and works against the sense of urgency needed to inspire us to take action. At AndACTION we believe it’s the conversations around these issues that matter. How people take up topics like climate change in their daily lives – especially in conversations around popular culture…