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Top Disney TV Official, Anne Sweeney, to Step Down

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LOS ANGELES — In a move that stunned Hollywood, the television industry’s most powerful woman, Anne M. Sweeney, said on Tuesday that she would step down as president of the Disney-ABC Television Group to become a TV director.

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SXSW: Lena Dunham Calls For Industry to Change Its Attitude Toward Women in Keynote Speech

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Lena Dunham started her keynote speech at SXSW by going over her journey to this point -- thanking the festival for giving her the opportunity to be featured there in multiple years -- but she closed out with a bang, calling on the entertainment industry to change in regard to the way it sees women. In a spirited and quick-flowing final flourish, Dunham sped through a statement of purpose that's listed in full below.

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Women's Media Center Study Will Cause Depression, Nausea

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We’re just a couple of months into 2014 and already women are making serious strides in the media. After all, February marked the first time in human history that NBC allowed a woman to anchor the primetime Olympics coverage without a man by her side.

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It’s a Man’s (Celluloid) World: On-Screen Representations of Female Characters in the Top 100 Films of 2013

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martha_lauzenby Martha M. Lauzen, Ph.D.
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Female characters remained dramatically under-represented as protagonists, major characters, and speaking (major and minor) characters in the top grossing films of 2013.

Females comprised 15% of protagonists, 29% of major characters, and 30% of all speaking characters.

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The Gender Gap in Screen Time

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Kevin B. Lee writes in the New York Times about the disparity in screen time for actresses vs. actors in Hollywood movies.

Lee writes about Cinemetrics, an analytical method introduced by film historian Barry Salt 40 years ago, that extracts statistical data from movies to reveal their inner workings.  Its adoption helped add scientific rigor to film studies back when it was still earning respectability in academia.

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