Shining a spotlight on five women directors, each year for three years.
Five in Focus will identify and promote five talented female directors every year for three years. The acclaimed group of broadcasters and producers nominating the 2017 Five in Focus directors are:
- Sarah Adams: Executive in Charge of Production, Drama, for CBC Television
- Louise Clark: President/ Executive Producer- Lark Productions
- Jennifer Holness: President, Hungry Eyes Film & Television, Inc.
- Gosia Kamela: Production Executive, Drama & Feature Film, Bell Media.
- Christina Piovesan: Founder & Principal, First Generation Films
“It’s an invitation we’re sending out to our colleagues in the industry,” said Louise Clark. “We simply want to say, ‘these are terrific talents. We wanted to bring this talent to the industry’s attention.”
Doubling the number of Canadian women directing scripted TV in two years. Join us.
2X More is part of a game-changing initiative developed by Women in View in partnership with the Directors Guild of Canada.
2X More means doubling the number of women directing live action television in Canada from 17% to 35%. And we’re going to do it in 2 years. Think of it as Canadian media’s contribution to Canada’s Sesquicentennial!
This infusion of talent will provide critical boost to our creative industries, set a new milestone, and give us the momentum we need to making gender equity as much a part of the Canadian media landscape as the maple leaf and hockey.
WHY ? Because it’s 2016.
Because 2XMore means two times more. More ideas, more innovation, more diversity.
Because there are women ready to create fantatstic TV: they’re talented , they’re trained, and they’re ready to roll.
Because the best way keep our industry vibrant is to exploit our legendary diversity as we take our stories to audiences around the globe.
Because we need this. Our industry needs this.
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)