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Women's Media Summit White Paper Addressing Gender Inequity in U.S. Entertainment

by Caitlin McCarthy on 09/21/17

Caitlin McCarthy was part of the inaugural Women’s Media Summit that led to this white paper.

THE WOMEN’S MEDIA SUMMIT PRESENTS A WHITE PAPER ADDRESSING GENDER INEQUITY IN U.S. ENTERTAINMENT MEDIA AND LAUNCHES TWO NEW PROGRAMS: THE WOMEN’S MEDIA ACTION COALITION (WeMac) and GRADE MY MOVIE, A NEW ONLINE CONSUMER TOOL

September 20, 2017 – Provincetown, MA – The Women’s Media Summit, a group of over 100 thought leaders from various industries today issued a white paper that outlines an action plan for eliminating gender inequity in U.S. entertainment media. This white paper lays out the persistent problem of gender inequality in entertainment media and provides a practical action plan to achieve equal representation of women behind the scenes and on the screen in film, television, and streaming platforms. Women hold only 3% of above-the-line and green-lighting positions in the media industry and are vastly underrepresented as protagonists and lead characters in film and television.

Caroline Heldman, co-author of the white paper said: “A lot of smart people have been working on gender injustice in entertainment media for decades, but progress has been slow and stagnant in recent years. This White Paper provides the blueprint for a new national movement to demand an equal seat at the table for women in entertainment media.”

This white paper was generated through the collective effort of over 100 thought leaders from various industries who came together in Provincetown, MA in April of 2017 for the Women’s Media Summit. Attendees brought their expertise as directors, producers, writers, professors, non-profit leaders, political representatives, attorneys, and corporate CEOs. Together, they gained a shared understanding of the barriers to gender justice in entertainment media and brainstormed effective strategies for knocking them down.

Keynote Speaker Alysia Reiner said: “The Women's Media Summit was so deeply powerful because we came together as a community of women and created The White Paper, our plan of action: unique solutions with time frames and specific goals, including the funding and marketing, and tax breaks for content made by women. As an actress and producer who loves hiring other women and breaking both statics and status quo, I love that we are helping create an actual system to reward those choices.”

Summit participants identified seven strategies for gender justice in media: 1) litigation against gender discriminatory practices; 2) lobbying policymakers at the federal level to address persistent gender discrimination in entertainment media; 3) tax credits to encourage the hiring of more female filmmakers; 4) development of a financing network for female filmmakers; 5) development of a promotion fund to advertise films made by women; 6) development of a marketing campaign to educate the public about the issue of gender discrimination in Hollywood; and 7) development of a consumer campaign to encourage viewers to vote with their dollars for gender equity.

Christine Walker, Summit producer and co-author of the white paper said: “Efforts are already underway to run a concerted campaign using litigation, legislation, and consumer activism to pressure the industry to do the right thing by hiring more women behind the scenes and featuring more and better female characters in film, television, and streaming media.”

Two new programs were created in the wake of the Summit: the Women’s Media Action Coalition (WeMac), a coalition to oversee implementation of the seven strategies (WeMac.org), and GradeMyMovie.com, a tool for consumers to reward films with crews that include women and people of color in key storytelling positions. This white paper is the blueprint for a new national movement to achieve gender justice in entertainment media. The stories and images in media are influential in shaping virtually every aspect of our lives, and it is vitally important for women to take their rightful place as equal participants to and contributors in our cultural narrative.

Maria Giese, Summit Co-Chair and co-author of the white paper said: “Hollywood has kept women filmmakers shut out for decades because it is allowed to self-regulate and faces no effective oversight body. Now is the time to stop relying on inside-industry solutions and demand the opportunity for equal participation in our nation’s cultural narrative.”

To download the white paper, click HERE.

The Women’s Media Summit is an annual event held in Provincetown, MA and hosted by the Provincetown Film Society. For more information about the Women’s Media Summit, go to www.womensmediasummit.com.

For footage from the summit, go to Women's Media Summit Video.

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Oaxaca FilmFest Official Selection and Nominations

by Caitlin McCarthy on 09/05/17

RESISTANCE by Caitlin McCarthy is an Official Selection of the 2017 Oaxaca FilmFest; finalist for “Best Stirring Character"; and competitor for the main award of “The 2017 Global Script Challenge: Best Overall Script.”

WONDER DRUG advances to Academy Nicholl Semifinals

by Caitlin McCarthy on 08/16/17

WONDER DRUG by Caitlin McCarthy has advanced to the semifinals in the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting.

WONDER DRUG is one of only 151 entries to advance from the Quarterfinal Round. During the Semifinals, four Academy members, drawn from a variety of branches, will read WONDER DRUG. From 10-to-15 Semifinalists will be selected as Finalists (to be announced in September).

WONDER DRUG makes finals for Stowe Story Labs

by Caitlin McCarthy on 08/01/17

WONDER DRUG is a New England Film fellowship finalist for the Stowe Story Labs. For more info, click HERE.

WONDER DRUG makes Nicholl Quarterfinals

by Caitlin McCarthy on 07/18/17

Caitlin McCarthy's screenplay WONDER DRUG has advanced to the Quarterfinal Round of the 2017 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting.  By doing so, WONDER DRUG is one of only 361 entries to emerge from the First Round (with 7,102 scripts entered). Learn more about the Nicholl Fellowship HERE.


Official Artist at 2017 New York Television Festival (NYTVF)

by Caitlin McCarthy on 07/13/17

Caitlin McCarthy is returning to the New York Television Festival (NYTVF) as an Official Artist this October. Her pilot "Pass/Fail" was a previous Finalist in the NYTVF's "Voice and Vision: The NBC Drama Challenge." To learn more about the NYTVF, click HERE.

CBS Soaps In Depth

by Caitlin McCarthy on 05/16/17

Caitlin McCarthy wrote an essay that appears in the anthology "Soap Opera Confidential," which is getting a shout-out in the latest issue of CBS Soaps In Depth magazine (with "Sexy Spring Spoilers" on cover).

Pick up a copy of CBS Soaps in Depth magazine at your local supermarket -- and order "Soap Opera Confidential" at Amazon today.

Caitlin McCarthy To Receive Alumni Award from Regis College

by Caitlin McCarthy on 05/08/17

On May 13, 2017, Regis College will present the "Service To Community" Alumni Award to Caitlin McCarthy for her DES (diethylstilbestrol) activism and writing.

This award recognizes an alumna/us who has dedicated and demonstrated service to her/his community and who has distinguished herself/himself by improving the quality of life for others.

"Soap Opera Confidential" on sale and rising on Amazon best seller lists!

by Caitlin McCarthy on 04/15/17

As of April 14, 2017, the Amazon sales numbers for Soap Opera Confidential have it in the Top 150 books on Amazon in three different categories! Caitlin McCarthy's essay "A Soapy Life" appears in this book. Have you ordered your copy yet? Click HERE to order.

Essay in Featured Exhibit at Worcester Historical Museum

by Caitlin McCarthy on 03/30/17

Caitlin McCarthy wrote an essay about the legendary Ralph's Rock Diner for the Worcester Historical Museum. Her essay and Ralph's photo shoot by 
Pure Style Photography are going to be part of the museum's featured exhibit.

A party celebrating this new exhibit, along with the 140th anniversary of the Worcester Historical Museum, will take place on Wednesday, April 19 at 5:30 p.m. Details are below.

DETAILS:

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
5:30 PM-7:30 PM
Our history. Our future.
Toast the 140th anniversary of the incorporation of Worcester Historical Museum as the keepers of our shared past. Look to the future of the past in the exhibition "5O Objects of Worcester History."

Cash bar; hors d'oeuvres. Reservations: 508.753.8278

Cost: Be our guest!

E-mail: info@worcesterhistory.net

Forbes article about Caitlin McCarthy

by Caitlin McCarthy on 03/17/17

Forbes ran a piece about Caitlin McCarthy's writing, teaching, and DES activism, entitled "If You Want To Be A Great Writer, Live A Life." Click HERE to read it!

Pre-ordering now available: "Soap Opera Confidential"

by Caitlin McCarthy on 03/04/17

An essay by Caitlin McCarthy will appear in the anthology "Soap Opera Confidential," now available for pre-order on Amazon. Click HERE to order your copy today. 


Fellow book contributors include iconic soap star Thorsten Kaye, journalist Leigh Montville, authors Elinor Lipman and Ann Hood, and editors of Soaps in Depth magazine. 

Tracking Board writes about Caitlin McCarthy making "Top 100 Indie Writers in the World"

by Caitlin McCarthy on 02/01/17

Click HERE to read the article.

It's Here! "The Top 100 Indie Writers In The World Part 1"!!

by Caitlin McCarthy on 01/24/17

"The Top 100 Indie Writers In The World Part 1" is here -- and Caitlin McCarthy is not just in the book, but part of the ad for it!

Description: Part 1 of this iBook is "an introduction and study of 25 of the Top 100 Writers who are creating important works in the world film, screenwriting, poetry and more. These people are showcased via interviews, recordings, sample scripts and in depth questions about their history, their experiences, their processes and their lives. This book gives a voice to a new breed of screenwriter and offers positive attributes for both the reader and the writers profiled."

Go to iTunes directly to order, or click HERE to learn more.

WONDER DRUG honored on 2017 Bitch List

by Caitlin McCarthy on 01/09/17

WONDER DRUG just made the 2017 Bitch List.

This annual list spotlights the best unproduced screenplays that pass the Bechdel Test and feature strong female characters. 


Read press coverage HERE.

Book Tour in May 2017

by Caitlin McCarthy on 01/01/17

Coming in May 2017. Stay tuned for book tour details!

Caitlin McCarthy's essay “A Soapy Life” will be published in "SOAP OPERA CONFIDENTIAL: Writers and Soap Insiders on Why We'll Tune In Tomorrow, As the World Turns Restlessly by the Guiding Light of our Lives," edited by Elizabeth Searle and Suzanne Stempek Shea (McFarland & Company, May 2017).

2016 - A big writing year!

by Caitlin McCarthy on 12/05/16

2016 was quite a year for my writing. Biggest event was landing my manager Barry Krost: www.tracking-board.com/launch-pad-alum-caitlin-mccarthy-signs-with-barry-krost-management-exclusive/

Other special moments include:

* January: My unproduced TV pilot "Free Skate" was named "One To Watch" by the 2016 WriteHer List: http://deadline.com/2016/02/weforshe-2016-writeher-television-script-list-women-1201696963/

* February: I was a speaker at the TV Writers Symposium 2016, held in association with the Woods Hole Film Festival and Woods Hole Inn, and hosted by TV drama veteran P.K. Simonds (former executive producer of "The Ghost Whisperer" and "Party of Five"): www.woodsholefilmfestival.org/woodsholefilmfestivalarchives/festival-2013/workshops/tv-writers-symposium-2016/

* May: The Guardian used one of my quotes as the headline in an article about women in film and sexism, and featured my photo and additional comments within the article:  www.theguardian.com/film/2016/may/14/those-in-power-are-fully-aware-of-the-sexism-readers-on-working-in-film

* June: “Pass/Fail,” an original TV pilot that I co-wrote with Jim Forbes, made the finals in Universal Cable Productions' first Pitch Fest. The Deadline article references me ("educator") and Jim ("working journalist") towards the end: http://deadline.com/2016/06/universal-cable-productions-pitch-fest-winner-1201775821/

* July: I was named the Red Sox Most Valuable Educator for July 9. I was recognized for my teaching, screenwriting, and DES activism on the field at Fenway Park during the pre-game ceremony: www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHRGHvjWE1w

* September: My minute and a half with Oliver Stone! Fast forward to 27:00 to watch it. (Ends around 28:52.) www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rC0qpLGciU

Also in September, a clip from my video entry to co-host "LIVE with Kelly" with Kelly Ripa: www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlxv7xZh7CY

* November: “Free Skate” was named one of the “Top 100 Pilots of 2016” by The Tracking Board (scroll to page 15): www.tracking-board.com/vote/LaunchPadAlumniBooklet2016.pdf

Excerpt: "What 'Black Swan' did for ballet, and 'Empire' did for music, this pilot does beautifully for figure skating. Smart, relatable, complex, and oozing with drama, this is the kind of soapy new series that captures an audience and never lets go. With a uniquely fascinating setting, and some of the most richly drawn characters we’ve ever seen, this peek behind the curtain of one of the most prestigious sports in the world offers viewers a glimpse at a world that’s far more provocative than they could ever imagine."

* December: "The Top 100 Indie Writers In the World Part I" is getting a Christmas Release on iTunes -- and it will include yours truly as #10. Stay tuned for details on how to order your copy.

As for 2017, WONDER DRUG is poised to move into pre-production.

Also, my essay “A Soapy Life” will be published in "SOAP OPERA CONFIDENTIAL: Writers and Soap Insiders on Why We'll Tune In Tomorrow, As the World Turns Restlessly by the Guiding Light of our Lives," edited by Elizabeth Searle and Suzanne Stempek Shea (McFarland & Company, March 2017).

Thank you for your support. Wishing everyone a happy holiday season and new year! -- Caitlin

Caitlin McCarthy included in "The Top 100 Indie Writers In the World"

by Caitlin McCarthy on 12/03/16

"The Top 100 Indie Writers In the World Part I" is getting a Christmas Release on iTunes -- and it will include Caitlin McCarthy as #10. Stay tuned for details on how to order your copy.

Two scripts advance to Final Draft Big Break Semifinals

by Caitlin McCarthy on 10/20/16

Caitlin McCarthy's "Madam Secretary" spec and original TV pilot "Free Skate" advanced to the Semifinals in the 2016 Final Draft Big Break Competition. Top 10 finalists will be announced in early November. Click HERE for more details.

FREE SKATE Named One of the Top 100 Pilots of 2016

by Caitlin McCarthy on 10/13/16

FREE SKATE was named one of the Top 100 Pilots of 2016 by The Tracking Board. View it HERE (scroll to pg. 15).

The following is what The Tracking Board said about FREE SKATE: "What 'Black Swan' did for ballet, and 'Empire' did for music, this pilot does beautifully for figure skating. Smart, relatable, complex, and oozing with drama, this is the kind of soapy new series that captures an audience and never lets go. With a uniquely fascinating setting, and some of the most richly drawn characters we’ve ever seen, this peek behind the curtain of one of the most prestigious sports in the world offers viewers a glimpse at a world that’s far more provocative than they could ever imagine."





Photographer: Stacey Doyle