THE WEEK IN WOMEN: Leder to direct Witherspoon/Ansiton series, Robertson-Dworet adapts ARTEMIS for film, Disney sparks girl filmmakers — Brandy McDonnell reports

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Mimi Leder will executive produce and direct Apple’s as-yet-untitled morning drama series, rounding up an all-female core creative team under showrunner, executive producer and writer, Kerry Ehrin, and starring Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston. Captain Marvel screenwriter Geneva Robertson-Dworet is set to adapt Andy Weir’s science-fiction novel Artemis for the screen. Artemis, Weir’s follow up to his popular The Martian is a futuristic heist thriller set in the late 2080s in Artemis, first and only city on the Moon. Disney’s new #DreamBigPrincess project will giving 21 talented young women from different corners of the globe the chance to make digital shorts telling the stories of inspiring female role models. The series will be shared across Disney’s global media platforms as part of a campaign to unlock up to a $1 million donation to Girl Up, an initiative of the UN Foundation. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.