Showbiz Sandbox 299: The Gender Pay Gap Lands A Starring Role In Hollywood

October 19, 2015

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Hollywood’s gender pay gap is once again a hot topic of discussion thanks to a frank essay on the subject by Academy Award winning actress Jennifer Lawrence. We are joined by Karen Woodward, an entertainment industry social media consultant, who suggests that the crass and angry tone the actress took in her piece helped gain attention for the issue and start a conversation on how to fix the problem.

We’ll hear what Lawrence had to say about being paid less than her male co-stars, specifically how she’s no longer concerned with being “liked” or finding a kinder, gentler way to express her opinion. Now at least one of her frequent co-stars has plans to take up the cause with what could be a very effective strategy.

Meanwhile, with the number of major record labels having already declined to three from what was once six, it appears the industry’s contraction may soon affect music publishing with Sony/ATV looking for a new owner. Could one of the world’s largest music publishers soon merge with a competitor?

Of course we also cover the week’s top entertainment news including why Playboy magazine is getting rid of its centerfold, how “The Walking Dead” went global in a big way and Netflix earnings and subscriber growth disappoint Wall Street.

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‘Goosebumps’ Tops ‘The Martian,’ ‘Crimson Peak’ Falls Flat
http://variety.com/2015/film/box-office/box-office-goosebumps-the-martian-crimson-peak-1201620792/

Warner Bros.’ ‘Pan’ Could Lead to $150 Million Loss
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/warner-bros-pan-could-lead-831412

‘Spectre’ Tracking for Huge $80 Million-Plus Opening at Box Office
http://www.thewrap.com/spectre-tracking-for-80-million-plus-opening-at-box-office/

‘Paranormal Activity: Ghost Dimension’ Shunned by Many Theater Circuits Due to Early VOD Plan
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/paranormal-activity-ghost-dimension-shunned-832289

Benedict Cumberbatch Draws Record Audience For NT Live ‘Hamlet’ Screenings
http://deadline.com/2015/10/benedict-cumberbatch-hamlet-record-screenings-nt-live-1201585579

Why Do I Make Less Than My Male Co‑Stars?
http://us11.campaign-archive1.com/?u=a5b04a26aae05a24bc4efb63e&id=64e6f35176&e=1ba99d671e#wage

Jennifer Lawrence Pens Essay: ‘Why Do I Make Less Than My Male Co-Stars?’
http://www.hollywoodrxeporter.com/news/jennifer-lawrence-pens-essay-why-831635

Bradley Cooper Applauds Lawrence’s Attack on Hollywood Pay Gap
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/10/14/us-film-bradleycooper-jenniferlawrence-idUSKCN0S82VY20151014

‘Star Wars’ Wants Female Directors for the Franchise, says Kathleen Kennedy
http://variety.com/2015/film/news/star-wars-female-director-kathleen-kennedy-1201618946/

Star Wars New Female Character ‘Extremely Significant’, Says Producer
http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/oct/14/star-wars-new-female-character-extremely-significant-says-producer

Nudes Are Old News at Playboy
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/13/business/media/nudes-are-old-news-at-playboy.html

Donald Trump to Host ‘Saturday Night Live’
https://variety.com/2015/tv/news/donald-trump-saturday-night-live-snl-nov-7-1201616813/

Democratic Debate on CNN Draws Record 15.3 Million Viewers
https://variety.com/2015/tv/news/democratic-debate-draws-record-ratings-1201617796/

Donald Trump: FCC’s Equal Time Rule Looms Over ‘Saturday Night Live’ Gig
http://variety.com/2015/biz/news/donald-trump-saturday-night-live-equal-time-1201619261/

Director Jean-Jacques Annaud Slams Academy Over China Oscar Rejection (Q&A)
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/director-jean-jacques-annaud-slams-832020

Netflix Reaffirms Interest in Expanding Into News Programming
https://variety.com/2015/digital/news/netflix-expresses-interest-in-expanding-into-news-programming-1201618182/

Netflix Tumbles After Disappointing Quarterly Results
http://blogs.wsj.com/moneybeat/2015/10/14/netflix-tumbles-after-disappointing-quarterly-results/

Netflix’s Ted Sarandos: ‘There’s No Such Thing As Too Much TV’
http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/netflix-ted-sarandos-john-landgraf-fx-too-much-tv-hrts-1201619086/

Walking Dead Season Six Breaks Fox International Viewership Records
http://www.rapidtvnews.com/2015101440263/walking-dead-season-six-breaks-fox-international-viewership-records.html

India Market Supersedes UK
http://www.thebookseller.com/news/india-market-supersedes-uk-314671

Mercury Prize Nominees Are Named
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/10/16/mercury-prize-nominees-are-named/?_r=0

‘Walking Dead’ Creator Frank Darabont Fights for Bigger Cut of Series Profits
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/walking-dead-creator-frank-darabont-832156

Governors Ball petition NYC mayor to block Coachella offshoot festival
http://consequenceofsound.net/2015/10/governors-ball-petition-nyc-mayor-to-block-coachella-offshoot-festival/

Sony/ATV sale expected to attract rivals, private equity
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-sony-atv-music-20151017-story.html

Comments

  • mgiltz

    It’s the latest episode of Showbiz Sandbox! Karen Woodward — A Sandbox Hall Of Famer — dropped in to discuss not just gender equality, but how Jennifer Lawrence’s essay played in the media and why her team unquestionably discussed the piece and its impact on her career and image before Lawrence signed off on it. Weighing in on hot button issues is something Hollywood celebs don’t take lightly…if they’re smart. Check it out!