Hollywood executives held a secret meeting about gender bias and created a plan to solve it

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Over two days in mid-October, Hollywood executives and power players held a secret meeting in LA to address the gender bias that’s plaguing their industry.

The event was hosted by Women in Film and the Sundance Institute. According to Deadline, which broke news of the gathering, 44 of the biggest players in the industry — including producers Paula Wagner and Mike De Luca, HBO Films president Len Amato, showrunner Jeni Kohan (“Orange is the New Black”), and actress Maria Bello (pictured) — didn’t just meet to chat. They came up with a four-point plan to solve the issue.

Here is that plan:

– Advocate “Unconscious Bias” training across the industry. An expert Unconscious Bias educator will be selected to work with executives and creatives across the board.

– Develop and launch a Gender Parity Stamp to recognise films and television shows — as well as production companies, networks, and studios — that show measurable progress to achieving gender equity

– Sponsor/Protégé Program. This high-level pilot program will identify talented early-to-mid career female film and TV directors for a year-long training and fellowship program, and pair them with advocates across the industry who will actively help them move to the next level.

– Ambassadors from the meeting of industry leaders will spread the word about the solutions to studios, networks, and agencies.

“We are at an economic, social, and cultural tipping point and sustainable change is within reach,” Cathy Schulman, president of Women in Film Los Angeles, told Deadline. “The time to act is now. Hollywood is surprisingly late in coming to this party and this is the time for conversion.”

Here’s the list of all the particiapants at the two-day meeting:

Adriana Alberghetti
Agent and partner, WME

Stephanie Allain
Producer and former Senior Vice President of Production, Columbia Pictures

Victoria Alonso
Executive Vice President of Physical Production, Marvel Studios

Len Amato
President, HBO Films

Darla Anderson
Producer, PGA Board of Directors

Chris Andrews
Agent, CAA

Rowena Arguelles
Agent, CAA

Bonnie Arnold
Co-President, Dreamworks Animation

Glen Basner
CEO of FilmNation

Maria Bello
Actor, activist, author and producer

Andrea Berloff
Screenwriter, WGA Board of Directors

Cindy Chupack

Maha Dahkil
Agent, CAA

Mike De Luca
Producer, former executive at Sony, New Line and Dreamworks

Zanne Devine
Executive Vice President of Film and Television, Miramax

Cassian Elwes
Producer and former agent and Head of William Morris Independent

Erik Feig
Co-President, Lionsgate

Sid Ganis
Former executive at Sony Pictures, Lucasfilm, Warner Bros. and Paramount and former President of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences

Liz Gateley
Executive Vice President, Head of Programming, Lifetime Television

Micah Green
Agent and Co-Head of Film Finance, CAA

Catherine Hardwicke

Nina Jacobson
Producer and former President of Walt Disney Motion Picture Group

Charles King
Founder of MACRO and former agent and partner, WME

Jenji Kohan
TV series creator

Sue Kroll
President of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures

Franklin Leonard
Founder of The Black List, former executive at Universal and at the production companies of Will Smith, Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella, Leonardo DiCaprio and John Goldwyn

Linda Lichter
Founding law partner of Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman

Alix Madigan
Head of Creative Affairs, Broad Green Pictures

Zola Mashariki
Executive Vice President, Head of Original Programming at BET Networks, former Senior Vice President, Fox Searchlight

Glen Mazzara
TV creator and showrunner, co-chair of the WGA’s Diversity Advisory Group

Hannah Minghella
President, Tristar Pictures and former President, Columbia Pictures

Bruna Papandrea
Producer and co-founder of Pacific Standard

Kimberly Peirce
Writer-director, Western Council and National Board Member, DGA

Lydia Dean Pilcher
Producer and Vice President, PGA

Gigi Pritzker
CEO of OddLot Entertainment and Board Trustee, Sundance Institute

Keri Putnam
Executive Director, Sundance Institute

Howard Rodman
President, WGA West

Rena Ronson
Agent, partner and Head of the Independent Film Group, UTA

Michelle Satter
Founding Director, Sundance Institute Feature Film Program

Cathy Schulman
Head of Production, STX Entertainment, President, Women In Film Los Angeles and Board Member, Film Independent

Stacy Smith
Director of Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative, USC and author of Women In Film/Sundance Institute research

Mimi Steinbauer
President and CEO, Radiant Films International

Robin Swicord
Screenwriter, Governor for the Writers Branch of the Academy and Chair of the Nicholl Fellowship

Paula Wagner
Producer and co-founder ofCruise/Wagner Productions; former CEO, United Artists; Board Member, PGA

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