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#IAmAMogul:EQUITY,theFirstFemale-DrivenWallStreetFilm,LendstotheFightForGenderEqualityinHollywood,ByAlysiaReiner

Alysia Reiner
Alysia Reiner Actress, Producer, Natalie Figueroa in Orange Is the New Black
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#IAmAMogul: EQUITY, the First Female-Driven Wall Street Film, Lends to the Fight For Gender Equality in Hollywood, By Alysia Reiner


Gender equality in Hollywood has long been a hot topic, and it’s received more attention in recent years where industry leaders are boldly speaking up.

And it’s about time.

With only 30.2 percent of speaking roles going to females in films released between 2007 and 2014, and only a handful of female directors behind the camera, it’s shocking to think that these statistics are a reality when women make up half of the population.

While gender equality in the entertainment industry won’t come overnight, as it’s a process where speaking up is step one of many, I am proud to say that through the creation of more female-focused production companies like Broad Street Pictures, and the release of our feature film EQUITY, we are that much closer to bridging the gap.

Produced, written and directed by women, and with women in the central roles, EQUITY delves into the typically male-dominated world of Wall Street to follow the story of a banker who is leading a tech IPO in the midst of the fragile financial years post the 2008 economic crisis.

Already turning the heads of Hollywood executives, thus proving that female-dominated films are profitable and desirable to the public, EQUITY was picked up by Sony Pictures Classics prior to its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

The journey of creating this film, from the day the idea for the story was born to the day it screens in theaters across the country, is only the beginning for Broad Street Pictures. With a mission to tell stories about brilliant women doing amazing things, and to provide more acting opportunities for females, our job as a company has just started.

My hope with the success of EQUITY is that it will have a profound ripple effect on the entertainment industry as a whole. My hope is that it will not only encourage more industry executives to take a chance on the female-dominant screenplay sitting on their desk, but that it will inspire the female screenwriter to take action and put her idea on paper, that it will convince the woman deciding whether to get behind the camera to be courageous and make her vision a reality, and that it will trigger a young girl who dreams of being an actor to know that she can and should pursue her goal of being a storyteller.

We, as women, as female creative beings, have the right and ability to be leaders within the entertainment industry that are a unified voice to bring change within society. Not only is it important to bring that 30.2 percent statistic up for our generation, but it is vital for the next generation of artists that we balance the scale, both in front of the camera and behind the scenes.

We can do it, Hollywood. I know we can, and the whole industry, the entire world for that matter that’s so impacted by the stories we tell, will be all the better for it.



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  • Bethany Heinrich
    Bethany Heinrich Mogul Influencer
    over 2 years ago New York, NY, United States

    I love this message, thank you, Alysia! Thank you for having the courage to speak so boldly about this issue in Hollywood. I truly hope the film sparks tremendous change in the industry, and I can't wait to see the film. How can one see it? Thank you!

    I love this message, thank you, Alysia! Thank you for having the courage to speak so boldly about this issue in Hollywood. I truly hope the film sparks tremendous change in the industry, and I can't wait to see the film. How can one see it? Thank you!

    • Alysia Reiner
      Alysia Reiner Actress, Producer, Natalie Figueroa in Orange Is the New Black
      over 2 years ago

      thank you so much! SONY PICTURES CLASSICS is releasing it JULY 29 - please come & bring you friends! xx

      thank you so much! SONY PICTURES CLASSICS is releasing it JULY 29 - please come & bring you friends! xx

  • Maddy Bernstein
    over 2 years ago

    I want to see this so badly! Sounds like a cool film. Alysia, first, I am such a fan of Orange is the New Black. You are amazing. Do you think gender equality is getting better? I mean, are the hollywood executives listening? I know Sony did with this film, but have you seen other executives stepping up too?

    I want to see this so badly! Sounds like a cool film. Alysia, first, I am such a fan of Orange is the New Black. You are amazing. Do you think gender equality is getting better? I mean, are the hollywood executives listening? I know Sony did with this film, but have you seen other executives stepping up too?

    • Alysia Reiner
      Alysia Reiner Actress, Producer, Natalie Figueroa in Orange Is the New Black
      over 2 years ago

      I think the only way to change culture is simply 'be the change you want to see' look for the good & be the good & don't waste time complaining about the bad. A big task but WORTH IT!!! :)

      I think the only way to change culture is simply 'be the change you want to see' look for the good & be the good & don't waste time complaining about the bad. A big task but WORTH IT!!! :)


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Actress, Producer, Natalie Figueroa in Orange Is the New Black

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