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Study: Yep, women still lag behind men in TV industry

A new study, first obtained by Deadline, reveals that the TV landscape is still dominated by men—while women’s representation both on and off screen has plateaued or backslid. The yearly “Boxed In” report, released by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University, finds that women only make up 27 percent of the workforce behind the camera—directors, producers, editors, writers, etc. That’s a 3.5 percent decline from last year. Similarly, the proportion of onscreen (speaking) female roles remains stagnant at 42 percent, a one-point decrease from last year.

“For many years, women have experienced slow but incremental growth [ on and off screen],” said Dr. Martha Lauzen, executive director of the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, which conducted the 17th annual study. “However, that progress, small though it was, now appears to have stalled.”

The researchers also debunked the popular misconception that Netflix—home of the hit female-driven powerhouse Orange Is the New Black—and cable channels employ more women. “People believe that cable is more female-friendly than broadcast,” said Lauzen, “but that’s really not really the case.”

Among the study’s other discoveries about the lack of women in offscreen creative roles:

- Female writers’ numbers dropped sharply, with women holding just 1 in 4 writing jobs (down from 1 in 3).
– Women’s share of director of photography jobs decreased to 1 percent (down from 2 percent).
– Twenty percent of writing jobs were held by women (a 17-percent decrease).
– Female executive producers fell to 23 percent (a 15-percent decrease).
– Forty-four percent of TV shows employed four women or fewer, compared to 1 percent of TV shows that employed four men or fewer.

The study isn’t all bad news, though. Women in several fields made significant gains from last year:

- Female directors held 13 percent of directing jobs (a 7.7-percent increase).
– Forty-three percent of producing jobs were occupied by women (a 13-percent increase).
– Seventeen percent of editors were female (a 5.9-percent increase).

Perhaps the most promising and practical insight is the onscreen/offscreen correlation: The more women there are working behind the cameras, the more female characters appear onscreen. Broadcast TV shows that employed as least one female writer or director also had more female characters. “[W]hen women are employed behind the scenes, they make a difference,” Lauzen said.

Judd Apatow, Paul Rust, Lesley Arfin team up for Netflix series 'Love'

Netflix just made a huge commitment to Love, an upcoming original series by Judd Apatow, Paul Rust, and Lesley Arfin.

The streaming provider has ordered two seasons of the half-hour comedy, which will premiere in 2016 with 10 episodes and return with 12 the following year. Produced by Apatow Productions and Legendary Television, Love centers Gus (Rust) and Mickey (Gillian Jacobs), a couple who attempt to sustain a modern relationship while running into the pitfalls of, well, love.

“Judd Apatow has a unique comedic voice that manages to be delightful, insightful, and shockingly frank—often at the same time,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos in a statement. “Together with Paul and Lesley, he’s bringing a whole new level of agony and ecstasy to this modern day comedy of manners.” 

While it is rare for two seasons of a show to go straight-to-series, Netflix has set a precedent for giving multiple-season series orders with House of Cards.

Scott Glenn joins 'Daredevil' cast as Matt Murdock's mentor

Casting announcements for Marvel’s first foray into Netflix, next year’s Daredevil, continue to roll out one by one. While many of the major players in Hell’s Kitchen have been cast, Marvel today announced who will play an  piece of Matt Murdock’s story: his mentor.

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Chelsea Handler on Netflix series: 'Enough with the celebrities'

The final episode of Chelsea Lately was a star-studded extravaganza, featuring appearances by Ellen Degeneres, Sandra Bullock, 50 Cent, and Jennifer Aniston—as well as a retrospective dedicated to Chuy, the show’s trusty sidekick. But Chelsea Handler is so ready to quit sharing a network with the Kardashians.

She’s kicking off a multi-tier partnership with Netflix with her first-ever standup special, Uganda Be Kidding Me, on Oct. 10. The deal also includes four new docu-specials in 2015 and a new series to premiere in 2016. While everyone—including Netflix—has been referring to that future series as a “talk show,” Handler seems to be leaning toward a format that’ll be totally different from her gossipy E! show. How so? Let Chelsea explain: READ FULL STORY

'Gilmore Girls' is coming to Netflix

Get ready to spend copious amounts of time in Stars Hollow, because Gilmore Girls is coming to Netflix. The site will stream all seven seasons starting October 1, EW has confirmed. (And, yeah, we’re still bitter about the fact that Amy Sherman Palladino left the show before that final season.) So spend your October binging in perfect Gilmore fashion. How to prepare? Acquire copious amounts of food, brush up on your Godfather: Part III references, read Anna Karenina and Swann’s Way, listen to Carole King, and practice talking really really fast. You also might want to give your mother a call even if you relationship is more Lorelai and Emily than Rory and Lorelai. Great. You’ll be all set.

Decider first reported the news.

Netflix's first original docu-series will be food porn

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Netflix’s first original documentary series will surely make you hungry. The network has ordered Chef’s Table, a six-part series about—what else?—chefs from David Gelb, who knows something about culinary entertainment. Gelb directed the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi about the man hailed as the world’s best sushi chef, Jiro Ono, and his restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro. Gelb, who is among the executive producers of the series, will direct along with Andrew Fried, Brian McGinn, and Clay Jeter.

The six chefs set to be featured in the series hail from various locales around the world, and include Ben Shewry of Attica Restaurant in Australia, Magnus Nilsson of Fäviken in Sweden, Francis Mallmann of El Restaurante Patagonia Sur in Argentina, and Massimo Bottura of Osteria Francescana in Italy. The two Americans included are Dan Barber of New York’s Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns and Niki Nakayama of n/naka in Los Angeles.

The series will premiere in 2015.

Netflix renews 'Hemlock Grove' for third and final season

The good news: Hemlock Grove has been renewed. The bad news: It’s the final season.

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Netflix acquires 'The Blacklist' for $2 million per episode

It looks like The Blacklist will be rolling in the dough.

Netflix has acquired the streaming rights to the NBC crime procedural from Sony Pictures Television in a hefty $2 million fee per episode, EW has confirmed. Deadline first reported the news.

The $2 million price tag will be the largest per-episode fee paid by a subscription-based video-on-demand company for a television show. While Netflix gets the first window on the streaming rights to the show, Sony TV will also be selling The Blacklist to broadcast and cable networks for syndication. The show was a ratings hit for NBC, garnering strong viewership for a freshman drama, and securing a full 22-episode renewal for a second season.

Netflix developing French original drama 'Marseille'

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After experiencing success with its original programming, Netflix is branching out to add a French drama to its schedule.

Netflix’s first original French production, Marseille, will tell the story of Robert Taro, the French city’s mayor. According to a press release, “The coming elections have him face the man he chose as his heir, an ambitious youngster aiming high. Both candidates will fight mercilessly. Marseille stages a fight around revenge, animated by drug lords, politicians, unions and the political players of the city.”

Created and written by Dan Frank, Marseille will feature eight episodes, with the first two directed by Florent-Emilio Siri.

“Creating a series for an enormous audience and without any constraints will let us push to its limits a story about the Shakespearean theater of politics in a city where Alexandre Dumas and Jean-Claude Izzo, among others, have planted many spears,” Franck said in a press release. “Netflix has given us a blank page to create a House of Cards in French that breaks through unspoken hypocrisy. This is a writer’s dream and a great opportunity for French producers and creators to enter a new world.”

Producer Pascal Breton added: “Marseille will take the audience right into the political arena where the old regime of traditional politicians are getting ready to face the younger generation of predators, thugs, and sometimes their own heirs. Netflix is giving us the perfect opportunity to tell this story from a uniquely French viewpoint, in association with some of France’’s best writers and directors. Produced entirely in France, Marseille has the potential to become one of the most gripping television events of the coming years.”

Production on Marseille is expected to start in the spring of 2015, followed by a series debut later that year.

Netflix renews 'Bojack Horseman' for season 2

Netflix has put its faith in a horse. The streaming service has renewed BoJack Horseman for a second season of 12 episodes, EW has confirmed.

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Lori Petty returning to 'Orange Is the New Black'

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Lori Petty is going back to prison: The Tank Girl and League of Their Own star will reprise her brief, but memorable role during the third season of Orange Is the New Black, EW has learned exclusively.

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Mike Birbiglia joins the cast of 'Orange Is the New Black'

Mike Birbiglia is going to prison. The comedian has joined the cast of Orange Is the New Black in a recurring role for the third season, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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