Annenberg study releases new findings on diversity

September 17, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgWhile 2018 films had a record number of black directors, diversity in other groups remained stagnant. (Josh Dunst/Daily Trojan)Box office hits like “Crazy Rich Asians” and “Black Panther” have brought a new wave of representation to Hollywood. As the conversation surrounding diversity in the entertainment industry continues, the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative has shed light on the matter with the Jan. 4 release of its second report on directors and executives in the film industry, “Inclusion in the Director’s Chair.”The annual report, led by initiative director and Annenberg professor Stacy Smith, aggregates detailed analyses on directors within the film industry, based on combined demographic data of 1,335 filmmakers who have worked on the 1,200 top-grossing films between 2007 and 2018, according to the initiative’s website. Additionally, the study analyzes data on producers and other workers within the film industry. Smith and her team of USC graduate and undergraduate students looked specifically at diversity among these key positions and the representation of women and people of color, or lack thereof, in the past 12 years. Marc Choueiti,  Annenberg Inclusion Initiative’s project administrator, said there is one major finding that marks progress in the film and entertainment industries.“Not much has changed from 2007 to 2018 except for one important deviation — the number and percentage of black directors has significantly increased in 2018,”  Choueiti said.While the number of black directors working on top-grossing films has increased to 14.3 percent -— 2.7 times higher than 2017 — the progress for female and Asian directors remained stagnant, the study found. Of the 1,200 movies sampled for the study, 96.4 percent of directors were male and 3.6 percent were female. Of these female directors, four were black, two were Asian and one was Latina. The researchers found that Asians made up 3.1 percent of all directors in the 12-year sample. Jiwon Lee, a freshman majoring in cinema and media studies, was disappointed by some of the report’s findings.“I feel like the part that shocked me the most was that there was no progress in racial representation over 12 years,”  Lee said. “I feel like it would be understandable if the study was done quite a while ago or it was just looking at a certain year, but then when you look at the whole progress of 12 years, there hasn’t been any improvement.” The report found that across the 1,335 directors of top-performing films in the last 12 years, the study reports that 80 were black, and of those 80, 75 were male. From the same sample, 42 directors were Asian, with only three female directors.However, the study also found that a record number of black directors oversaw some of the highest-grossing films in 2018.Christopher Meyer, a freshman acting major, said that while the study shines a spotlight on the progress of diversifying the film industry, there are still often too many voices that are ignored.“The study kind of just highlights for me that when I work, I hope to be working with people from all different backgrounds so that I produce the best work that engages the most people,” Meyer said.Ellen Seiter, a professor in the Cinema and Media Studies division, was not surprised by the results of the study. She said she often sees women working only as makeup artists, script supervisors and assistant directors when she visits sets, and when she does see successful female directors, they often got their start as part of a husband-and-wife team.“On a deeper level, I think it is still very hard for the industry to accept a woman in charge … there are many more women directors in television and also as showrunners,” Seiter said. “But in television, the director is not as powerful a role. On the set, it is kind of a boys’ club.” Choueiti said the study shows that women, especially women of color, are grossly underrepresented as directors in top Hollywood films. There are, however, ways to make progress.“Companies can set target inclusion goals, promote transparent hiring practices, adopt inclusion policies and partner with leaders on diversity and inclusion in the industry to create meaningful change,” Choueiti said.last_img read more

Critical Ops to show off new tournament spectator client

August 29, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgFinnish game developer Critical Force is set to unveil a new tournament spectator client for its mobile game Critical Ops at the Amazon Mobile Masters in Seattle, Washington next week.Current Critical Ops spectator modeKasperi Kivistö, Critical Force Community and eSports Manager commented: “Spectator Client provides viewers with a complete overview of the match. It also helps shout casters commentate and create stories around the games. Viewers will have real-time information about the weapon composition and economy of both teams as well as player positioning on the map.” Critical Force is growing as a developer as it brought on KSV founder Kevin Chou to its board and received $4.5m (£3.4m) in seed investment from Korean game publisher NHN Entertainment. Critical Ops has been downloaded more than 38 million times and recently announced it reached one million daily players back in February. The game runs its esports division as an Open League in conjunction with ESL consisting of 128 teams with the top 40 teams advancing to playoffs. The Amazon Mobile Masters is typically the culmination of mobile esports as teams in World of Tanks: Blitz, Power Rangers: Legacy Wars, Survival Arena, and Critical Ops will compete over the course of two days in Seattle, Washington for the share of the $100,000 prize pool. The Critical Ops tournament will feature CSPG, Dynasty, Gankstars, Hammers Esports, Nova Esports and SetToDestroyX.Esports Insider says: Mobile esports is growing rapidly and one of the best events to view that is Amazon’s Mobile Masters tournament. Mobile gaming can also be very tricky to spectate as the games are obviously played on either phone or tablet. While the Critical Ops current spectator mode is fairly simple it will be interesting to see what new additions they bring to the table and unveil in a couple weeks at the Amazon Mobile Masters tournament.Sign up to our newsletter!last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, July 14, 2015

August 14, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgWellington Police notes for Tuesday, July 14, 2015:•11:05 a.m. Officers investigated forgery, theft and criminal deprivation of property in the 1200 block of W. 8th.•11:05 a.m. Officers investigated forgery, criminal deprivation of property and theft in the 1200 block of W. 8th.•11:05 a.m. Officers investigated theft in the 1200 block of W. 8th.•1:30 p.m. Vernon J. Hayes, 70, Caldwell, was issued a notice to appear charged with speeding 50 mph in a 40 mph zone. (radar).•2:30 p.m. Officers made an outside agency assist, warrant arrest for Harper County.•2:37 p.m. Noble L. Shockley, 33, Wellington was arrested and confined on a Harper County bench warrant for failure to appear.  •3 p.m. Officers investigated report of an animal bite in the 600 block of N. Poplar.•4:41 p.m. Officers investigated a domestic family dispute in the 200 block of S. Jefferson.•4:37 p.m. Officers investigated report of a mental subject.•7:33 p.m. Audrey B. Schuster, 18, South Haven, was issued a notice to appear charged with seat belt violation.•7:33 p.m. Juvenile female, 15, Honeywell, was issued a notice to appear charged with seat belt violation by a passenger.•8:20 p.m. Tyler M. Janney, 24, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with seat belt violation.•8:40 p.m. Jason P. Brown, 48, Winfield, was issued a notice to appear charged with disobeying a stop sign.•11:40 p.m. Michelle Y. Laham, 25, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with defective brake light and no proof of insurance.last_img read more

The Wright Way: Demand more from administrators

January 20, 2020 0 Comments

first_img As I understand it, when entry lists are submitted, a substitute list should also be submitted. This was, apparently, the case at last year’s World Junior Championships in the United States, when Jonielle Smith and Michael O’Hara withdrew from the female and male 100-metre races, respectively. Smith, because of injury, and O’Hara, because he decided to do one sprint instead of two, (the 200 metres instead of the 100 metres). Jamaica were refused permission to replace them because no substitute list was submitted! So there was precedent! Further, our own general secretary, Garth Gayle, applied for membership of the prestigious technical committee and was accepted, so it is reasonable to assume that he knew and/or (at least) read the rules. Therefore, to voice shock and surprise and to appeal a decision that could not be altered leaves us, the people, to wonder: What on Earth is happening in China; and will there be more bleeps and blunders before the championships are over? Will anyone be sanctioned and returned home as Stephen Francis has suggested? No. I will not hold my breath. Nothing will happen. No one will be sanctioned and the same group will be selected to accompany the team to next year’s Olympics in Rio, and soon a national award for ‘contribution to track and field’. The confusion surrounding the selection of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce at the World Relays was supposed to be addressed by the president of the JAAA. To date, I am not aware if he has issued a statement. Hopefully, the rejection by the IAAF of three of the four nationals of the leading sprint country in the world to Council and other important committees will signal to some of our athletic administrators that the world seems to be of the opinion that our athletes can save the sport, but our administrators are not good enough to enter the inner sanctum of the IAAF. As in netball, as in cricket, as in football, as in security, and now, as in track and field, let us demand excellence from those in charge. Let us refuse to accept underperforming administrators consistently giving themselves 10 out of 10, when the entire nation knows that their score is two out of 10. Let us demand better. We deserve it. On Sunday the 23rd August, 2015, a few minutes past eight o’ clock in the morning, normal activities in Jamaica stopped and an entire nation waited to exhale. Many miles away in Beijing, China, the world’s greatest sprinter ever was about to start the finals of the men’s 100 metres at the World Athletics Championships. The USA had four finalists, three of whom had failed drug tests in the past, and Jamaica had two finalists, one of whom had failed a drug test in the past. For some, this final featured the good, the bad and the up-and-coming, the young guns – one from Canada and one from the USA. After 9.79 seconds, it was over. Jamaicans of all walks of life were screaming, hugging strangers, and behaving as if all our economic woes were over and all gunmen were captured by the police and awaiting trial. Usain Bolt had won … again, allowing all those who voiced doubts about his ability to overcome injury and consistent poor starts this year, to say (through the side of their mouths) “I knew he would win”. The good won and the young guns shared the bronze medal. What a man! What a Jamaican! What a champion! This man from Trelawny made us forget all our troubles and, for a brief moment, feel how good it is to be a Jamaican. His victory last Sunday morning was due to his immense talent, discipline during training, and an amazing ability to follow the instructions of his coach, the great Glen Mills. A lot of other people will claim a hand in this triumph. Stephen Francis, Jamaica’s other coaching guru, has stated quite clearly his thoughts surrounding what he deems to be administrative blunders leading into the championships. But the refusal of the technical committee of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to allow Nesta Carter to replace the injured Kemar Bailey-Cole in the heats of the men’s 100 metres is impatient of a fulsome response by the JAAA to the question: Did the person responsible for submitting entries to the IAAF before August 10 make an unforgivable error? previous caselast_img read more