• Lena Dunham to guest edit Women in Entertainment: Power 100 annual issue

    Lena Dunham is in the news, again, for a less enraging reason for a change. The Girls creator will be the guest editor of The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment: Power 100 list, a guide to the leading female creators, producers, dealmakers and executives in Hollywood.

    “I am so excited to be guest editing this issue of THR devoted exclusively to women,” Dunham said. “We’re going hard at sex, bodies and power (what I like to call the Holy Trinity). It’s an honor I take seriously, despite having done almost all of it in pajamas.” 

    Dunham frequently receives a lot of press surrounding her personal life. Her 7,000-word profile in The Cut went viral this week for all the wrong reasons. Shortly after having surgery to remove her left ovary last month, she shuttered her feminist newsletter Lenny Letters. Despite the controversy in which she appears to thrive, the announcement is one of several recent ticks in the win column. Dunham revealed she is 6 months sober and is directing Steven Spielberg’s next movie.

    The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday announced that $1.7 million in university scholarships will be given to girls currently taking part in its Women in Entertainment Mentorship Program.

    Eighteen girls selected for the program will receive a $10,000 scholarship to attend the university of her choice, with six girls receiving full-ride scholarships worth more than $250,000 each to attend Loyola Marymount University, a longtime partner in the Mentorship Program. Kesha will present the scholarships at The Hollywood Reporter’s 2018 Women in Entertainment breakfast, taking place December 5 at Milk Studios in Los Angeles.

    Crazy Rich Asians star Awkwafina will present executive Nina Jacobson with the Equity in Entertainment Award, given to an individual in the community who has committed to providing opportunities for women and people of color. Jacobson follows Ryan Murphy and Amy Pascal, 2017’s recipient, in receiving the honor. The founder and president of Color Force production company and former president of Buena Vista Motion Pictures Group, Jacobson is one of only a handful of women to ever lead a Hollywood film studio.

    Activist Monica Lewinsky and Australian writer-comedian Hannah Gadsby will also speak at the annual VIP gala. Gadsby is fresh off her smash-hit Netflix comedy special Nanette.

    Allison Kilkenny

    Allison Kilkenny is a writer and performer living in NYC. She is a contributor at Reductress, a performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, and the host of the political-comedy podcast Light Treason News (lighttreason.news)

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