WEEK IN WOMEN: Karen McClellan heads Pacific Screenwriting Series Lab – Brandy McDonnell reports

Award-winning writer Karen McClellan will serve as showrunner in residence for the Pacific Screenwriting Program’s 2022 Scripted Series Lab. Starting this month, McClellan is mentoring six up-and-coming British Columbia-based screenwriters as they develop her original series in the Pacific Screenwriting Program’s flagship training program. Now in its fourth year, the Scripted Series Lab combines real-world story room experience, mentorship, workshops and information sessions to equip writers with the skills, experience and connections necessary to establish a sustainable career in the province’s dynamic screen-based industry.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Jane Campion wins big at Golden Globes – Brandy McDonnell reports

The 79th Golden Globes were a tarnished shadow of their past glory, but the embattled Hollywood Foreign Press Association managed to pick some dazzling winners at the celebrity-free, non-televised Jan. 9 ceremony.
With her stunning Western epic “=The Power of the Dog, Jane Campion became just the third woman in the Globe’s almost eight-decade history to garner the best director title, following Chloe Zhao’s 2021 win for Nomadland and Barbra Streisand’s 1983 victory for Yentl.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Sundance Film Fest 2022 goes Virtual – Brandy McDonnell reports

PARK CITY, UTAH – Due to the latest wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2022 Sundance Film Festival is going fully online.
Originally planned as a hybrid event, the scheduled in-person events were scrapped this week as the highly virulent omicron variant has sent COVID case numbers soaring once again.

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AWFJ Announces New Members for 2022 – Jennifer Merin reports

Starting in January 2022. They are film critics, commentators and reporters who hail from across the U.S. and the United Kingdom, and they represent a wide range of media platforms, including popular and erudite publications, daily newspapers and other print journals, broadcast, podcast and online outlets. We invite you to follow them on AWFJ.org where you can enjoy reading their diverse opinions about films and movie industry trends.

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AWFJ Announces Winners of EDA Awards @ Whistler Film Festival 2021 – Jennifer Merin reports

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists and the Whistler Film Festival are pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 AWFJ EDA Awards @ Whistler Film Festival. In our ninth consecutive year of partnering to recognize and honor female filmmakers. This year, Sarah Fortin, Robin Hauser, and Sandrine Brodeur-Desrosiers + Carmine Pierre-Dufour make waves as AWFJ’s Best Female Directors.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Halle Berry’s multi-film partnership with Netflix Brandy McDonnell reports

Academy Award winner Halle Berry and Netflix will continue to collaborate though a new partnership that will see Berry star in and produce new films. Berry’s feature directorial debut, Bruised, was released globally on Netflix last month and landed at the No. 1 spot in the United States and No. 2 spot on the Top 10 Global English Film List. The film was No. 1 in 21 countries and was watched for 47.7 million hours in its first five days.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Selma Blair receives Equity in Entertainment Award – Brandy McDonnell reports

For increasing the visibility of people with disabilities in Hollywood, film and television star Selma Blair received the Equity in Entertainment Award Dec. 8 at The Hollywood Reporter’s annual Women in Entertainment gala. The Equity in Entertainment Award recognizes individuals who amplify the voices of underrepresented communities in the entertainment industry.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Lena Waithe’s Audible podcasts deal – Brandy McDonnell reports

Audible Inc., a leading creator and provider of premium audio storytelling, recently announced a multi-project development deal with Hillman Grad Productions, the production company founded by Emmy-award winning writer and creator Lena Waithe and Rishi Rajani. The first original project under the deal has already been greenlit and is underway.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Victoria Mahoney to direct THE OLD GUARD sequel – Brandy McDonnell reports

Victoria Mahoney is directing the sequel to Netflix’s 2020 hit action film The Old Guard. Mahoney will take the helm of the follow-up from Gina Prince-Bythewood, who broke Netflix records with The Old Guard.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Kelly Campbell Heads NBCUni’s Peacock Streamer – Brandy McDonnell reports

NBCUniversal has named Kelly Campbell the president of its Peacock streaming service. She will be responsible for Peacock’s streaming business and work closely with leadership across NBCUniversal television, film, news and sports on Peacock live and original programming. She will be based in the Los Angeles area.

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