Women In Media started as an informal networking group of likeminded people of all genders who wanted to network with more women. We continuously outgrew our venues until it became undeniable in 2016 that more people felt as we did. It was time for the entertainment industry to change in a lasting and sustainable way.
In 2017, we became a non profit and expanded our services to include more networking events, education, and initiatives, propelling us closer to 40% – 60% women in every crew, every department, every show. Our goal is a more respectful, inclusive, and balanced workplace for all genders. This will be achieved when all productions reach gender balance behind the scenes and in front of the camera.
Women in Media evolved into a membership-based organization, hosting professional development panels and screenings, with a presence at top tier film festivals and conferences around the world.
In 2021, we expanded membership to welcome all genders at multiple levels of involvement. Together, we can achieve our goals.
the crew list
The #WiMCrewList started as a simple open source Google Sheet for those in a position to hire to find women for their crews. In a matter of months, the spreadsheet featured thousands of women, in 26 departments, all over the world. The crew list made it impossible to say there were no qualified women to hire.
Due to the popularity of the Google Sheet, and women getting hired from it, we decided to aim higher. To enhance our mission, we transitioned from the original list to a searchable, online database that is an attractive and thorough way for studios, as well as indies, to #HireTheseWomen. In 2017, we launched the #WiMCrewList database and thousands of women continue to get hired, above and below the line.
Membership includes special privileges and benefits, depending on the level. Pro and Student memberships are vetted and include enhanced benefits for women, women-identifying, and gender-nonconforming filmmakers, incuding searchable Crew List profiles, access to the Jobs List powered by ProductionHub, networking events, video content, vendor and film festival discounts, professional development opportunities, and eligibitliy to participate in initiatives such as #HireTheseWomen lunches and the CAMERAderie Initiative.
New in 2021!
Executive Membership came about as a response to our male and male-identifying allies who also have a vision for a more inclusive and respectful work environment. We look forward to inviting more folks in a position to hire to build meaningful relationships that advance the career goals of women, women identifying, and gender-nonconforming crew members.
Many folks from outside the entertainment industry have expressed a desire to support and engage in a meaningful way with our community. We’ve launched Supporting Membership to enlighten and delight those who would like to expand their understanding of storytelling while supporting our efforts of gently pushing for systemic change.
Anyone can participate in our events unless they are indicated as members-only. We encourage our friends and colleagues to attend our events, network with our members, and #HireTheseWomen.