Geek Speaks: The Women who Make Television
Organised by Henry Jenkins media academic. Jenkin was one of the first academic to write about television audiences and fans as creative, imaginative and active audiences.
Now the USC Professor is organing an ongoing panel series, Geek Speaks.
Why this one on women who work in television was important, according to Jenkins:
"We thought it was a key moment of transition, seeing shows like ‘Scandal’ and ‘Orange is the New Black’ and countless other shows which have sort of put female authorship on the horizon," said Jenkins. "On the one hand, there’s still an uphill battle to be fought. Still, the statistics are showing women face more challenges to break into the industry, that they’re not anywhere near 50 percent of the creative talent behind the camera. On the other hand, there’s a critical mass of women now in creative roles that weren’t there five years ago, ten years ago. And so it’s a moment to celebrate and a moment to define the battlefield for the next round of the struggle."