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Les Moonves Leaves Anita Hill-Led Commission on Sexual Misconduct

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Les Moonves Leaves Anita Hill-Led Commission on Sexual Misconduct
CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves is stepping away from the Anita Hill-chaired special commission to combat sexual misconduct in the industry amid sexual misconduct allegations against the media heavyweight.

A spokesperson for the Commission on Eliminating Sexual Harassment and Advancing Inclusion confirmed that Moonves decided to recuse himself from his position as one of the Commissioners. CBS is currently investigating the claims made in Ronan Farrow’s New Yorker story last week, where six women accused Moonves of sexual misconduct.

The Commission was designed to bring together the industry’s top decision makers to create a comprehensive strategy to address the complex and inter-related causes of the problems of parity and power across the entertainment industry. The Commission was founded by a council of four leading female executives — led by Kathleen Kennedy in conjunction with Nina Shaw, Freada Kapor Klein and Maria Eitel and chaired by Anita Hill.

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Les Moonves Exits Anita Hill Commission Amidst Sexual Misconduct Allegations

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Les Moonves Exits Anita Hill Commission Amidst Sexual Misconduct Allegations
Exclusive: One day before CBS’ quarterly earnings report and on the same day that USC has suspended the increasingly besieged Les Moonves from the School of Cinematic Arts’ Board of Councilors, the CEO has now exited the Anita Hill-led Commission on Eliminating Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace.

“Mr. Moonves has decided to recuse himself from his position as one of our Commissioners,” says a letter that Deadline has obtained that was sent out Wednesday by Professor Hill to Commissioners and Delegates informing them of the CBS boss’ departure. “The Council will work with CBS to name a new Commissioner from the Company,” the letter adds. (read the full letter below).

As more and more women spoke out publicly on Harvey Weinstein and others in Tinseltown abusing or assaulting them personally and professionally, the Commission was formed in late 2017 by Kathleen Kennedy, Nina Shaw, Freada Kapor Klein
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Hollywood’s Sex Harassment Commission Gets Assist From Kapor Center In Funding Drive

Hollywood’s Sex Harassment Commission Gets Assist From Kapor Center In Funding Drive
Exclusive: The Anita Hill-led Commission on Eliminating Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equity in the Workplace has turned to the nonprofit Kapor Center for Social Impact to assist in raising the millions of dollars needed to fund its efforts to stamp out sexual abuse in the entertainment industry.

Founded last December in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, the commission is asking Hollywood to fund its mission over the next five years. All major networks, studios, talent agencies and guilds have been asked to contribute to cover the cost of its work. But the commission isn’t recognized by the IRS as a tax-exempt organization yet, and needed an assist while waiting for its application to be processed, which can take up to a year.

The commission is in the process of applying for 501(c)(3) status as an independent organization, but until then it’s operating under the fiscal sponsorship of the Kapor Center,
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F. Gary Gray’s Fenix Studios Names Gary Glushon Evp

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F. Gary Gray’s Fenix Studios Names Gary Glushon Evp
F. Gary Gray’s Fenix Studios has tapped Gary Glushon as Executive Vice President where he’ll oversee building the company’s film and television slate.

Glushon previously served as Evp of China-based Fundamental Films where he executive produced the Ethan Hawke film 24 Hours to Live and oversaw such projects as Keanu Reeve’s upcoming Replicas and the Black List script Hummingbird, with Milla Jovovich attached.

“Gary Glushon is an extremely well-respected, talented and hard-working executive, and I’m excited to welcome him to the team. He has great taste and an exceptional track record of identifying and developing high quality commercial content,” Gray said.

Glushon added, “I’m thrilled to be working with F. Gary Gray, who is one of the most versatile and talented filmmakers and storytellers in the world. His global brand is synonymous with bold, original, commercial and critically successful films and I look forward
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Fox’s Stacey Snider Tells Male Executives to ‘Embrace the Discomfort’ and Hire More Women

Fox studio chief Stacey Snider had one message for the men in the entertainment business: Experience some discomfort. It’s good for business.

Snider explained that as a woman coming up in the film industry, “I’ve spent my entire career feeling somewhat uncomfortable,” she said, noting she’d often be the lone woman at the table or at the company retreat where “everyone can’t wait for you to leave and for you to go to your hotel room.”

But that discomfort also helped her learn and grow in ways that she said made her a better film executive. Having more women at the table might mean there’s conversations around raising children or complimenting another woman’s footwear, Snider said, and while that might make some men uncomfortable, “it’s good business for them to suffer a little bit of discomfort for the diversity of ideas and different perspectives that you get.
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Fox’s Stacey Snider Tells Male Executives to ‘Embrace the Discomfort’ and Hire More Women

  • Variety
Fox studio chief Stacey Snider had one message for the men in the entertainment business: Experience some discomfort. It’s good for business.

Snider explained that as a woman coming up in the film industry, “I’ve spent my entire career feeling somewhat uncomfortable,” she said, noting she’d often be the lone woman at the table or at the company retreat where “everyone can’t wait for you to leave and for you to go to your hotel room.”

But that discomfort also helped her learn and grow in ways that she said made her a better film executive. Having more women at the table might mean there’s conversations around raising children or complimenting another woman’s footwear, Snider said, and while that might make some men uncomfortable, “it’s good business for them to suffer a little bit of discomfort for the diversity of ideas and different perspectives that you get.
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Tyra Banks on Body Shaming in the Fashion Industry: ‘My Pain Turned Me Into a Boss’

Tyra Banks on Body Shaming in the Fashion Industry: ‘My Pain Turned Me Into a Boss’
Model-turned-entrepreneur Tyra Banks kicked off Variety’s inaugural Path to Parity women’s summit on Wednesday in West Hollywood, sharing her experiences of navigating the fashion industry before shifting to start her own show and other business ventures.

The Path to Parity summit gathered industry leaders, talent, show runners, producers and legal minds actively working for women’s advancement in the #MeToo and Time’s Up era. Hosted at the Jeremy Hotel in Los Angeles, Wednesday’s event features conversations with industry leader including showrunners Gloria Calderón-Kellett, Kenya Barris and Jill Soloway; attorneys Gloria Allred and Nina Shaw, and Mila Kunis.

Interviewed by Variety’s Cynthia Littleton, Banks carried forth on a number of topics, including sexual harassment in the fashion industry, challenges she endured when she retired from modeling, and lessons she learned from her business ventures.

Banks said her desire to be her own boss came from rejection
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Tyra Banks on Body Shaming in the Fashion Industry: ‘My Pain Turned Me Into a Boss’

  • Variety
Tyra Banks on Body Shaming in the Fashion Industry: ‘My Pain Turned Me Into a Boss’
Model-turned-entrepreneur Tyra Banks kicked off Variety’s inaugural Path to Parity women’s summit on Wednesday in West Hollywood, sharing her experiences of navigating the fashion industry before shifting to start her own show and other business ventures.

The Path to Parity summit gathered industry leaders, talent, show runners, producers and legal minds actively working for women’s advancement in the #MeToo and Time’s Up era. Hosted at the Jeremy Hotel in Los Angeles, Wednesday’s event features conversations with industry leader including showrunners Gloria Calderón-Kellett, Kenya Barris and Jill Soloway; attorneys Gloria Allred and Nina Shaw, and Mila Kunis.

Interviewed by Variety’s Cynthia Littleton, Banks carried forth on a number of topics, including sexual harassment in the fashion industry, challenges she endured when she retired from modeling, and lessons she learned from her business ventures.

Banks said her desire to be her own boss came from rejection
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Trista Schroeder Named Interim Director of Industry Sex Harassment Commission

Entertainment attorney Trista Schroeder has been named interim executive director of the Anita Hill-led Commission on Eliminating Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace. Schroeder worked for disgraced talk-show host Charlie Rose before starting her legal career in 2003 but declined to answer questions about him.

“I am proud to be helping move the important work of the Commission forward as the interim executive director,” she said in a statement to Deadline. “Since launching, we have been working with the Commissioners, as well as the assigned delegates from across film, television, music, digital, unions, agencies, Ata, AMPAS, television academy and guilds that comprise the Commission, to build the Commission’s infrastructure, establish a blueprint for our work, and outline the Commission’s areas of focus. I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of this long overdue effort to eliminate sexual harassment and systemic inequality across the Entertainment Industry.
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#MeToo Founder Tarana Burke: Movement Is ‘Not About Taking Down Powerful Men’

Civil rights activist Tarana Burke began using the phrase “Me Too” to advocate for victims of sexual violence 11 years before Harvey Weinstein’s downfall turned the expression into a viral hashtag. The former studio chairman’s recent rape indictment should not plateau the movement, she believes. During a May 30 appearance on “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” Burke said Weinstein’s arrest last week “doesn’t bring me personal joy, this is not really what it’s about,” adding, “This is not really a moment to celebrate how the mighty have fallen.”

In the months since The New York Times and The New Yorker published Pulitzer Prize–winning accounts of how Weinstein allegedly mistreated women for decades, dozens more men — including Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K, Matt Lauer, and Morgan Freeman — have answered to claims of sexual assault or worse. “It feels like playing Whac-a-Mole after a while, right?” asked Burke.
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Nina Shaw, Laura Dern Stress Importance of Intersectionality in Time’s Up Movement

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Attorney Nina Shaw, one of the founding members of Time’s Up, spoke out about the importance of the current women’s rights movement representing intersectionality at the Feminist Majority Fund’s Global Women’s Rights Awards Monday night.

“Women of color are totally woven into the fabric of Time’s Up,” Shaw told Variety. “There is going to be no getting to the finish line without each other; women of color are everywhere, in addition to having our own niche within Time’s Up, in which we’re able to help shed a light on all the issues of culture as they relate to abuse of power.”

Shaw also mentioned the women of color of Time’s Up supporting #MuteRKelly adding that “often when women of color are the victims of abuse (and) our stories don’t often resonate in the way that they should.”

Shaw was honored along
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Mila Kunis, Seth Meyers, Stacey Snider and Others to Keynote Variety’s Inaugural Path to Parity Women’s Summit

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Mila Kunis, Seth Meyers, Stacey Snider and Others to Keynote Variety’s Inaugural Path to Parity Women’s Summit
Variety will be hosting its inaugural women’s summit, Path to Parity, on June 6 at the Jeremy Hotel in West Hollywood, Calif. The conference will bring together numerous industry leaders, talent, showrunners, producers and legal minds who are actively working for women’s advancement in the #MeToo and Time’s Up era.

The one-day conference will feature speakers and panelists including actress Mila Kunis, activist attorney Gloria Allred, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Brian Grazer, Emmy Award-winners Jill Soloway and Kenya Barris, “Jessica Jones” showrunner Melissa Rosenberg, director Paul Feig, producer Nina Jacobson, entertainment lawyers Nina Shaw, Patti Felker and Melanie Cook, comedian and talk-show host Seth Meyers and industry leaders such as 20th Century Fox CEO and chairwoman Stacey Snider, Fox Television Group CEO and chairwoman Dana Walden and Universal Music Publishing CEO and chairwoman Jody Gerson.

The summit is timed to the publication of Variety’s gender equality index report,
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Yara Shahidi and Amber Valletta Attend Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles Scholarship Luncheon

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles (Bbbsla) held its annual Accessories for Success Scholarship Luncheon, on Sunday, April 22nd at the Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills and presented by City National Bank.

Grown-ish and Black-ish actress Yara Shahidi with Bbbsla President & CEO Olivia Diaz-Lapham and her father Afshin Shahidi

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The event honored three exemplary women, who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and support for children facing adversity in Los Angeles. The event also presented a record 108 to college bound youth from the Bbbsla program.

Actress and activist Yara Shahidi (Black-ish and Grown-ish) presented the “Excellence In Mentoring Award” to Tracy D. Underwood, Senior Vice President of ABC Signature, and to Laurie Zaks, President of Mandeville Television. Bbbsla Board Chair Laura Lizer, presented the “Innovator Award” to Martha Henderson, Executive Vice President of Entertainment Banking at City National Bank. “Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles
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Jurnee Smollett-Bell Joins HBO’s ‘Lovecraft Country’

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Jurnee Smollett-Bell Joins HBO’s ‘Lovecraft Country’
Jurnee Smollett-Bell has been cast in one of the lead roles in the upcoming HBO drama series “Lovecraft Country,” Variety has learned.

The role reunites Smollett-Bell with Misha Green, the writer and executive producer of “Lovecraft Country.” Green was the co-creator and showrunner of the Wgn America series “Underground,” on which Smollett-Bell starred as escaped slave Rosalee.

Lovecraft Country,” based on the book of the same name by Matt Ruff, follows 25-year-old Atticus Black, who joins up with his friend Letitia “Leti” Dandridge (Smollett-Bell) and his Uncle George to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America to find his missing father. They must survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and the malevolent spirits that could be ripped from a Lovecraft paperback.

Letitia is described as having hustled her way across the country as an artist protesting for civil rights and now finds herself
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‘Lovecraft Country’: Jurnee Smollett-Bell To Star In HBO Series From Jordan Peele, J.J. Abrams & Misha Green

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Former Underground star Jurnee Smollett-Bell is set as the female lead in HBO’s high-profile straight-to-series drama Lovecraft Country, from Oscar winner Jordan Peele and his Monkeypaw Productions, J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot and Warner Bros Television.

The project reunites Smollett-Bell with Underground co-creator Misha Green, writer and executive producer of Lovecraft Country. The casting also brings the actress back to HBO, where she was a series regular on the last two seasons of hit vampire drama True Blood. Smollett-Bell signed on for the HBO show after fielding multiple broadcast pilot offers.

Penned by Green based on the 2016 novel by Matt Ruff, Lovecraft Country follows Atticus Black as he joins up with his friend Letitia (Smollett-Bell) and his Uncle George to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father. Thus begins a struggle to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white
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Outgoing ‘Arrow’ Co-Showrunner Wendy Mericle Inks ABC Studios Overall Deal

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Coming off a six-season stint on the CW’s Arrow, the last three as executive producer/co-showrunner, Wendy Mericle has signed an overall deal with ABC Studios.

Under the multi-year pact, Mericle, a sought-after drama writer, will develop new projects for broadcast, cable, and streaming services.

“Wendy is one of the most talented storytellers working in television and we’re thrilled to have her on the ABC Studios team,” said ABC Studios president Patrick Moran.

This marks Mericle’s return to ABC Studios where she earned her first producing stripes on the studio’s ABC dramedy Desperate Housewives. Mericle worked on the series for the 2011-12 season, rising from executive story editor to co-producer. Mericle went on to join the CW DC drama series Arrow, from Berlanti Prods. and Warner Bros. TV, right after the pilot in 2012. She quickly advanced through the ranks, starting as co-producer and becoming executive producer
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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles To Host Annual Accessories For Success Scholarship Luncheon

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles (Bbbsla) hosts its annual Accessories for Success Scholarship Luncheon on Sunday, April 22nd at the Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills presented by City National Bank.

Three exemplary women, who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and support for children facing adversity in Los Angeles, will be honored. Tracy D. Underwood, Senior Vice President of ABC Signature, and Laurie Zaks, President of Mandeville Television, will receive the “Excellence in Mentoring Award”. Martha Henderson, Executive Vice President of Entertainment Banking at City National Bank will receive the “Innovator Award”. Amber Valetta will emcee the luncheon; stylemeister Lloyd Boston will emcee the fashion show; and actress and activist Yara Shahidi (Grown-ish) is set to present the awards. Rebecca Campbell, Nancy Daniels, Stephen Galloway, Anne Globe, NJ Goldston, Barbara Lazaroff, Laura Lizer, Nicole Lorey, Loyola Marymount University, Lori McCreary, Kate Nichols, Charon Harroun Peirce, Nina Shaw, Sandra Stern, and Nancy Taylor are Honorary Co-Chairs.
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Charles King, Nina Shaw Toast Tim and Vicky Mara Story at Independent School Gala

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Charles King, Nina Shaw Toast Tim and Vicky Mara Story at Independent School Gala
“I know for sure that you won’t find two people with bigger hearts and that create more opportunities for others,” producer Charles King said in a touching introduction about his good friends and founders of The Story Company, director Tim Story and wife Vicky Mara Story.

The Storys accepted the 2018 impact award at the Independent School Alliance for Minority Affairs dinner at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica on Tuesday evening. Also honored with an impact award was director of admission at Harvard-Westlake School Elizabeth Gregory Riordan.

The theater welcomed a variety of patrons of diversity and education, including Ava DuVernay and “Insecure”’ star Yvonne Orji, who served as the night’s emcee.

Raised by a Nigerian family in Maryland, Orji explained how important education was in her household. “My mother had a whole book throughout the New England area for boarding and private schools, and she made sure
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John Legend’s Get Lifted Laces Up For Tribeca Documentary ‘United Skates’

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John Legend’s Get Lifted Laces Up For Tribeca Documentary ‘United Skates’
Exclusive: Get Lifted Film Co. partners John Legend, Mike Jackson and Ty Stiklorius have come aboard as executive producers of United Skates, a documentary produced and directed by first-time feature filmmakers Dyana Winkler and Tina Brown. The feature-length pic is having its world premiere later this month at the Tribeca Film Festival in the Documentary Competition section.

It’s the latest move from busy Get Lifted, which is coming off its executive producer role on Easter Sunday’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert special on NBC, which drew 9.6 million total viewers and earned a 1.7 rating in adults 18-49 in Live+Same Day. Legend played Jesus Christ. The also recently produced the Sundance pic Monster and produced Wgn America’s hit Underground.

United Skates centers on the battle in a racially charged environment to save African-American roller rinks, an underground subculture that has thrived for decades in the U.S.
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Ava DuVernay to Direct DC’s Superhero Epic ‘New Gods’

Ava DuVernay to Direct DC’s Superhero Epic ‘New Gods’
Ava DuVernay is stepping into the superhero universe.

The filmmaker has come on board to direct “New Gods” at Warner Bros. as part of the studio’s DC Extended Universe. “New Gods,” based on the DC Comics series of the same name, is aimed at creating a new universe of properties for the studio. Created and designed by Jack Kirby, the comic was first released in 1971.

The movie marks the second major superhero tentpole directed by a woman, following another DC property: Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman.”

DuVernay directed Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” becoming the first woman of color in Hollywood to helm a live-action film with a production budget of $100 million. The time-travel fantasy has grossed $42.2 million in its first six days in North America.

The New Gods are natives of the twin planets of New Genesis and Apokolips. New Genesis is an idyllic planet ruled by the Highfather,
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