Hollywood execs outline plan to tackle

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A group of Hollywood executives met secretly in October to find ways of tackling the lack of women both in front of and behind the camera, it was recently announced. The executives, who included representatives from Warner Bros, Lionsgate, Marvel, HBO and DreamWorks Animation, agreed to a set of initiatives aimed at addressing the issue including a mentoring programme, anti-bias training sessions and a gender parity stamp-of-approval system. During the meeting the participants reviewed data compiled by researcher Stacy Smith at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism that showed that less than 2% of 2014’s 100 top-grossing films had a female director and just 21% of the films had a female lead. The announcement has received wide coverage in the press. To read Variety’s take on the issue, click here.