Podcast: Innovators – Women in Film and Television Ireland



Women in Film and Television Ireland (WFT.I) in collaboration with the U.S Embassy of Ireland, presented their October event Innovators with a particular emphasis on creative, business and technological innovations in an ever-changing media landscape.

Madeline Di Nonno, the Chief Executive Officer of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, introduced GD-IQ, a tool that employs video-and audio-recognition technology, along with algorithms, to identify gender, speaking time and additional details about characters presented in films, television shows and other media. Madeline used GD-IQ to analyse 2 Irish films, Brooklyn and Room.

The software, called the Geena Davis Inclusion Quotient (or GD-IQ),  speeds up and automates the painstaking data-collection process that researchers use to study representation, a key initiative in recent years as the entertainment industry has begun to focus on equity onscreen.

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Madeline Di Nonno’s presentation was followed by a panel discussion where she was joined by EMMY award-winning director Dearbhla Walsh, Jennie Stacey, Director of Development at Brown Bag Films, and moderated by acclaimed Irish actor, Ger Ryan. The panel came together to talk about the technical and creative innovations they are witnessing in their fields and the issues facing the media industry, particularly in film and television.

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Innovators took place on Saturday, 22 October 2016 at the Lighthouse Cinema, Smithfield, Dublin



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