A number of Hollywood A-Listers have banded together to create a strategy to elevate the profile of women in the television and film industries. Deadline.com reports that Jessica Chastain, Juliette Binoche, Queen Latifah and “Twilight” director Catherine Hardwicke are among those on the board of a new nonprofit group, We Do It Together, dedicated to empowering women.
The organization aims to finance and produce movies, documentaries and TV programming, with its first film project to be announced this year at the Cannes Film Festival, the report notes.
“The move comes after the revelation last fall that the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was interviewing dozens of female directors about the discrimination they face in both film and television,” Deadline notes. “Women currently receive only 16% of the episodic TV directing jobs, and last year directed less than 5% of the major studio movie releases.”
Other board members reportedly include actresses Freida Pinto and Ziyi Zhang, along with directors Hany Abu-Assad and Amma Asante.