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Women in Entertainment 2015

What Justin Chambers from ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Has to Do With Shonda Rhimes and ABC’s Entertainment Chief

"The beginning of any show ... it's terrifying," says Rhimes of her early days working with the network's Channing Dungey. "I remember, for my producing partner Betsy Beers and me, it was such a…

Comparing Maternity and Paternity Leave at Hollywood Studios

Disney and Fox lead the pack as THR reviews the benefits of six top studios.

How to Fix Hollywood’s Female Mentor Problem: “Let’s Have a Dinner Party, No Agenda”

"For so long, women have believed there's only one seat at the table, and I'll be damned if I have to give up mine." So says a TV exec as she writes anonymously for The Hollywood Reporter about the…

“Troublemaker” Who Launched Hollywood’s EEOC Gender Probe: I “Don’t Regret” Starting the Fight

Her movie was at Cannes in 1995. And she never was paid to direct again. Writing for The Hollywood Reporter, Maria Giese (who helped launch the ACLU's Hollywood anti-gender discrimination campaign)…

How a Hollywood Workout Guru Is Saving 15 of India’s Children From Sex Trafficking

Ramona Braganza — a celebrity personal trainer whose clients include Scarlett Johansson, Zoe Saldana and Halle Berry — has created a program that will graduate over a dozen at-risk girls, orphans and…

Top Female Hollywood Exec on Gender Inequality: “I Guarantee Jeff Shell Will Not Be Worrying About Spanx, Hair and Makeup”

On the eve of awards season, an anonymous studio leader explains in an essay for The Hollywood Reporter how even equal pay can't make life fair for the fairer sex: "We should start by giving…

A Female Hollywood Exec on Surviving “Career Suicide” for Husband’s Dream Job

"It was his turn," says Courteney Monroe, who left after a 14-year stint at HBO so her husband could pursue a career opportunity. Writing for The Hollywood Reporter, National Geographic's new chief…

Women in Entertainment Mentee: How UTA’s Louise Ward Became My “Perfect Match”

Ta'ja McCoy, currently enrolled in THR and Big Brothers Big Sisters' Mentoring Program, pens an essay on how the WIE program prepared her to become "a better lady" and her aspirations of becoming a…

Women in Entertainment Mentorship Grad: “My Perception of Success Changed”

A mentee, who was mentored by NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke during her time in THR and Big Brothers Big Sisters' Mentoring Program, writes about the "miracle" of being granted a…

Why Hollywood Women Are Downsizing to the New “Gummy Bear” Breast

The hills are alive — but shrinking. The town's new boob jobs are smaller, more subtle and often done with just fat transfer: "We were never supposed to have half-melons."

Hollywood Flashback: When the Star-Drenched Thalians Charity Got Its Start

"It was set up by a small and wonderful group of mostly actors who got tired of being called sex-minded, pot-smoking assholes," jokes Ruta Lee, who helped found the female-led philanthropy group with…

Hollywood Flashback: When Raquel Welch, Fired and Replaced by an Actress 15 Years Younger, Sued MGM (and Won)

"What they did was use me to get financing for the movie, then they dumped me for Debra [Winger], which they'd been planning all along," says Welch, who filed a $24 million breach of contract suit…