MediaPLUS+: women + diversity= the big picture
In response to the conversation around the need to increase diversity in the Canadian media sector, Women in View will launched their new initiative MediaPLUS+ at CMPA’s Prime Time in Ottawa on February 1, 2018. MediaPLUS+ is a resource booklet for actors, filmmakers, and industry professionals to help strengthen gender and cultural diversity in Canadian media.
“This is a brilliant resource that not only presents clear actions everyone can take to make ‘the big picture’ a reality, it also shows us the dynamism that results when women and diverse creators tell their stories. An essential read, a meaningful achievement.”
– Marguerite Pigott, Vice President, Outreach and Strategic Initiatives, CMPA
Shining a spotlight on five women creators, each year for three years.
Launched at Prime Time in 2017 as a three year initiative, Five in Focus illustrates the depth and diversity of directing talent by shining a spotlight on five women directors, each year. The program was designed to bring together producers and broadcasters to identify and promote Canadian women media creators.
“It’s an invitation we’re sending out to our colleagues in the industry,” said Louise Clark, 2017 selection committee member. “We simply want to say, ‘these are terrific talents. We wanted to bring this talent to the industry’s attention.”
To learn more about the initiative and the 2017 & 2018 directors go to the Five in Focus page
Doubling the number of Canadian women directing scripted TV in two years. Join us.
2xMore is a three-year game changing initiative Launched at Prime Time in February 2016 by Women in View to support a sustainable shift towards gender equity in Canada’s media industries.
2X More means doubling the number of women directing live action television in Canada from 17% to 35%.
In it’s first year, 2xMore has already fostered 7 female directors on television sets.
The 2015 Women in View on Screen report: Progress? Not so much.
These reports provide a clear, consistent, year-over-year snapshot of how our media culture is – and is not – reflective of the capacity and vision of Canadian women as well as men. In the four years since the launch of the first Women in View on Screen report in 2012, awareness and concern about gender inequity in our screen industries have grown considerably. Yet, as this year’s report illustrates, women continue to be vastly under-represented as directors, screenwriters and cinematographers in Canadian feature film and television.
Illustrated with thought-provoking charts and graphics, these reports are a great resource for anyone interested in media diversity.
St. John's Summit on Women in Media
As part of its 25th anniversary celebrations, The St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival partnered with Women in View to bring together delegates from Canada’s major organizations representing women in screen media. Held in October 2014, the first national gathering of women’s media organizations from Newfoundland to Vancouver, the St. John’s Summit allowed delegates to share information and resources and to develop strategies and policies to address gender disparity in Canada’s screen industries.
With a series of seven recommendations, the final communique of the Summit called on government to
…explicitly promote the principle that the equitable employment of women and racialized minorities in audiovisual products benefits both genders and all cultural groups, and is vital to achieving genuine diversity.
Creative Leaders Program
The Creative Leaders Program was developed based on the recommendations from the 2010 SexMoneyMedia conference and on research showing that women are still under-represented from the top most decision-making and creative tiers of our national media industries.
The Creative Leaders Initiative 2012 advanced accomplished women from diverse backgrounds into the top decision making and content creation tiers in television, film, gaming and digital sectors. Exceptional media professionals partnered with top-tier industry leaders in a customized eight-month program designed to enhance their leadership skills, access global networks and build creative authority.
SexMoneyMedia celebrates and explores the status of women in screen based media.
An astoundingly diverse and powerful group of women—with high-ranking representatives from industry, finance, unions, the national government, technology, academia, the arts, and non-profits—joined for two days, with the primary goal of making sense of (and providing action items towards changing) the shockingly regressive rates of women’s participation in, and representation through, media.” — Alexandra Juhasz (Pitzer College, California)