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The Hollywood Reporter

The Hollywood Reporter Women in Ent. Special 40A 2018

The all-new Hollywood Reporter offers unprecedented access to the people, studios, networks and agencies that create the magic in Hollywood. Published weekly, the oversized format includes exceptional photography and rich features.

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48 Issues


7 min.
‘this year has been incredible for women. it has also been hell’

This year has been incredible for women in Hollywood. There has been unprecedented dialogue about issues like wage equality and systemic bias and, most notably, sexual assault and harassment. We have spoken and we have spoken loudly, and our voices, once muffled under layers of crinoline and repressed rage, have been heard. Heroines have emerged. We are cracking open windows and beating down doors. The air is circulating and the light is pouring in. There are magazine covers and TV specials and parties and instas celebrating the very real, very important and long overdue progress that has been made. But with that progress, there have been mistakes, there has been pain. There has been a deep and gut-wrenching reckoning. And not just for men. This year has been incredible for women in Hollywood. But…

2 min.

Brené Brown, a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, interviewed the Oscar-winning Viola Davis for the cover story, exploring the emotional work required of an artist and of an authentic leader (page 76). “She’s a truth-teller,” Brown says of Davis. A best-selling author, Brown released her latest book, Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts., on Oct. 9. Claudia Lucia photographed THR’s largest-ever group shot — 62 members of Black Women Who Brunch (page 38). Photo and video director Jennifer Martin Laski has brought THR’s photographer roster from 21 percent to 45 percent female in two years, while other magazines still average 28 percent. And all of this issue’s illustrators, hired by creative director Shanti Marlar and her team, are female. The comedic mind…

3 min.
thr launches a new inclusivity initiative

In April, The Hollywood Reporter will launch a major new diversity initiative, the Young Executives Fellowship, designed to create an inclusive pipeline for future leaders in entertainment. The program, a joint venture with Endeavor and Amazon Studios, will accompany a new annual print issue of THR that spotlights the industry’s leaders of change, just as THR’s Women in Entertainment issue has highlighted Hollywood’s female leaders. The fellowship and the issue will be the focus of a gala Empowerment in Entertainment event, also in April, that will celebrate those driving opportunities for marginalized voices, including people of color, women and the LGBTQ community. This program launches as THR celebrates 10 years of its Women in Entertainment Mentorship Program, which has paired more than 150 teenage girls from underserved schools in Los Angeles with some…

3 min.
meet one of thr’s new mentees

On Dec. 5 at The Hollywood Reporter’s 26th annual Women in Entertainment breakfast, 18 L.A. teens (17 of them pictured above) will see their time in the WIE Mentorship Program — created by THR in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles — come to its official end. But their relationships with the mentors who guided them through 2018, and the lessons of the program, will carry them forward. And right behind this graduating class comes the next group of 22 outstanding student leaders (who’ll be matched with the dynamo Hollywood mentors on page 32) — like Katherine, whose program application essay (below) reveals the challenges along her path so far, the dreams that drive her forward and her hopes for an empowered future. I magine being 5 years…

1 min.
4 wie alums who’ve gone hollywood

AISHA HAUSER works at Warner Bros. Technology. Her mentor was Suzanne Kolb, then president of E! Entertainment. Her two WIE lessons: “Alone, we are tiny drops in a huge ocean, but together we can create powerful waves,” she says. “And even the most powerful women make mistakes.” PAOLA FRANCO, whose mentor was Jennifer Salke, now Amazon Studios head, is a creative assistant at Netflix. “I consider it a life obligation to provide the same kind of support to the next generation,” she says of her WIE experience, “whom I advise to say yes to every opportunity.” RAVYNNE STAINE is a producer assistant on syndicated talk show The Real; her mentor was producer Hilary Estey McLoughlin, now senior exec producer on ABC’s The View. Her advice for current and future mentees: “Shoot for…

2 min.
a black panther scholarship, laptop largesse and more good news for wie mentees

Eight years after THR awarded its first scholarship to a graduate of the WIE Mentorship Program (Aileen Renteria received $5,000 to help her at UC Berkeley), the class of 2018 will receive a record-breaking $1.8 million in scholarship money. That’s thanks to the generosity of donors including such companies as Twitter, Lionsgate and The Walt Disney Co., individuals including Chuck Lorre and Lori Greiner, and Loyola Marymount University, which has partnered with THR and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles on the WIE program for the past five years. Greiner, one of the entrepreneurial stars of ABC’s Shark Tank, will grant one full-ride scholarship to LMU, a year after she presented her first to a WIE recipient. Lorre, the exec producer of The Big Bang Theory and The Kominsky…