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Tina Tchen Joins Obama Foundation as Chief Strategy and Impact Officer

After a tumultuous tenure as head of Time’s Up, Tina Tchen has reunited with the Obamas. The former Obama administration staffer has joined the Obama Foundation as executive vice president as well as chief strategy and impact officer. Her work will include overseeing the grassroots educational Girls Opportunity Alliance program, for which she has been […]

Civil Jury Finds Bill Cosby Sexually Abused Judy Huth in 1975

Jurors at a civil trial found Tuesday that Bill Cosby sexually abused a 16-year-old girl at the Playboy Mansion in 1975. The Los Angeles County jury delivered the verdict in favor of Judy Huth, who is now 64, and awarded her $500,000. Jurors found that Cosby intentionally caused harmful sexual contact with Huth, that he […]

Activists React to Hollywood’s Silence During Johnny Depp Trial: “Where Are You and Why Are You Not Supporting Amber Heard?”

It may seem that every TikTokker, cable news commentator and chatterbox neighbor has an opinion about the Johnny Depp v. Amber Heard defamation trial that concluded Wednesday in Virginia. But for many sexual violence survivors, there has been a noteworthy absence from the conversation: Hollywood. While major stars and the industry activist group Time’s Up […]

Independent Lens Releases Report Measuring Social Justice Impact of Watching Docs (Exclusive)

In the summer of 2019, the weekly PBS documentary series Independent Lens (from San Francisco-based nonprofit ITVS) began developing Stories for Justice, a multi-year initiative to present criminal justice-focused docs on public television. By the end of the first season last summer, Stories for Justice included five features, 16 shorts and one eight-part series for […]

Selma Blair Opens Up About Decades-Long Alcohol Addiction Starting at Age 7 and Multiple Rapes

Selma Blair hasn’t been shy about sharing details of her personal struggles, speaking publicly about her battle with multiple sclerosis since she was diagnosed in 2018, but she reveals new, shocking experiences from her past in her new memoir, Mean Baby. In the book, excerpts of which were published in People magazine on Wednesday, Blair […]

Mario Batali Acquitted of Sexual Misconduct

Mario Batali was found not guilty of indecent assault and battery on Tuesday, following a swift trial in which the celebrity chef waived his right to have a jury decide his fate in a criminal case that arose from the global #MeToo movement against sexual abuse and harassment. The 61-year-old former Food Network personality quickly […]

14 Memorable Women Presidents From Movies and TV

Julia Louis-Dreyfus on 'Veep' and Bellamy Young on 'Scandal' are the among the performers who have occupied the on-screen Oval Office.

‘Dr. Phil’ Set Alleged to Be a “Toxic Workplace” in New Report

A dozen current and former employees have alleged that the Dr. Phil set is a “toxic workplace” in a report published Thursday in BuzzFeed News. Workers say senior-level employees frequently verbally abused them on the set and guests were mistreated on the show, both of which detrimentally affected workers’ mental health, in the story by […]

Angela Rye Joins ESPN as Special Correspondent

ESPN has hired political consultant and commentator Angela Rye as a special correspondent, the sports giant said Tuesday. Rye, the CEO of political advocacy and social equity firm IMPACT Strategies, will “provide perspective on sports-related matters of race and culture and social justice issues,” ESPN says. Rye will also appear in studio and produce stories […]

European Gender Gap: Only 23 Percent of Film Directors Are Female, Study Finds

For the European film industry, gender parity is still a long way off. Despite pledges by festivals, funding bodies and industry associations to work to narrow the gender gap, fewer than one in four working directors in Europe are female, a new industry report has found. A survey of crews that worked on European feature […]

Time’s Up Releases Findings From Audit Ahead of “Major Reset”

Time’s Up has completed its reform effort’s first phase, concluding that muddled origins, as well as the unanticipated events of 2020, contributed to the dysfunctional dynamics and communication failures that have led to the organization’s downfall. The report released Friday followed an examination of the current state of the organization by independent consultant Leilani M. Brown, […]

Embattled Time’s Up, Post-Cuomo, Announces a “Major Reset”

Confusion over purpose and mission. Lack of focus on long-term goals. Ineffective communication internally and externally. Lack of accountability for top officials, especially the CEO. Too politically partisan, and too aligned with Hollywood. These are just some of the issues raised in a report commissioned by Time’s Up and released Friday — in the name […]