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Geena Davis Convenes Third Symposium on Gender in Media

Geena Davis, Academy Award-winning actor and founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media to present new study on gender roles and occupations in media from the USC Annenberg School of Communications and Journalism. Click here for high-resolution version

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - Nov 8, 2012) - The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media will host its third Symposium at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm.

The Symposium will bring together leading CEOs, executives and content creators from both commercial and public television, and feature and documentary film, to showcase best practices on how to increase representation and create diverse portrayals of women and girls in popular media.

Academy Award-Winning Actor and Founder Geena Davis will host the event. A new research study commissioned by the Institute will be presented by Dr. Stacy Smith, USC Annenberg School of Communications and Journalism, which analyzes gender roles and occupations of female characters in popular TV and film.

"The results of this groundbreaking study will center the day's conversation on how female characters are portrayed, and dramatically absent from critical career occupations such as politics, corporate leadership and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) careers. This data will provide great insights on opportunities for the entertainment community to greatly influence and inspire our children to consider non-stereotypical career paths," said Ms. Davis.

In addition, the event will include two panels; one featuring executives from children's film and TV programming, and a second panel focusing on the representation of women in general audience TV and Film programming, featuring content creators and creative executives.

The event is co-presented with ITVS -- the Independent Television Service and its Women and Girls Lead campaign, and Variety, along with other partners.

The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, Third Symposium on Gender in Media

Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 3:00pm-6:00pm (reception to follow)

SLS Hotel, Beverly Hills
465 South La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048/ (310) 247-0400


  • Geena Davis, Madeline Di Nonno (Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media)
  • Bonnie Arnold (DreamWorks Animation)
  • Meredith Averill (The Good Wife, CBS)
  • Kim Berglund (PBS Kids)
  • Maria Hall Brown (PBS SoCal)
  • Ingrid Haas (writer/producer/actor)
  • Mary McNamara (LA Times)
  • Michelle Murdocca (Sony Animation)
  • Chris Nee (Disney Junior)
  • Nicole Newnham (Revolutionary Optimists)
  • Jamie Roberts (Disney Animation)
  • Dr. Stacy Smith (USC Annenberg School of Communications and Journalism)
  • Halle Stanford (The Jim Henson Company)
  • Amy Ziering (The Invisible War)

The Symposium is made possible with support from: ITVS, CPB, Variety, Zion's Bank, National Cable and Telecommunications Association, CBS, and The Walt Disney Studios.