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Geena Davis Hosts Second ‘Gender in Media’ Symposium

Everyone is atwitter today about the accidental Tourist honors showered upon Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Tomorrow, at the Skirball Cultural Center, actress Geena Davis – an Oscar winner in 1988 for The Accidental Tourist – will host her second “Gender in Media” symposium.

The invitation-only affair is all part of Davis’ new role as head of her very own non-profit think tank, since 2004. In addition to her keynote address, other lunchtime speakers will include Geraldine Laybourne, Chairman of Alloy Media, and USC Annenberg Associate Professor Dr. Stacy Smith.

This will be followed by a couple of panel discussions – “It Stars with a Script”, moderated by Ipsos OTX President Vinny Bruzzese, and “Thinking Different: Sponge Barb to Henry Montana,” a TV-focused discussion with a powerhouse line-up of writers as well as female execs from PBS and Disney.

As part of the Institute’s previous 2008 symposium, 400 of the top grossing films released between 1990 and 2006 were analyzed. At that time, the ratio of male-to-female characters was determined to be 2.71-to-one.

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