Creating systemic change in Hollywood takes intentional, sustained action—and putting the money where the mouth is. That’s exactly what Birds of Prey co-workers Margot Robbie and screenwriter Christina Hodson (Bumblebee) are doing with the Lucky Exports Pitch Program, a new writing program aimed at increasing the number of women writing action-driven movies.
According to THR, the Lucly Exports Pitch Program—named after Robbie and Hodson’s respective companies (LuckyChap Entertainment and Hodson Exports)— has selected six women to participate in a four-week program that will give them a chance to break, outline, and develope their original action film ideas into studio ready pitches. The end goal? To “bring the writers the exposure and experience they need in order to become go-to names for studio/franchise jobs.”
“It is no secret that there are more men than women getting hired to write big-budget studio movies, and yet there are a huge number of talented female voices looking to break into this space,” said Hodson in a statement. “I have been extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to work on a number of franchise movies, alongside great male and female writers.”
Hodson continued: “Feature writing has traditionally been a solitary exercise but it doesn’t need to be. I wanted to create a program that was as much about peer to peer collaboration and community as it is about changing the statistics. Margot and I share a passion for championing female voices and feel that one way to do that is to connect these writers with a wide-array of experts in big-budget filmmaking – men and women alike.”
The program started yesterday and will run through December 6th. It will be interesting to track these six writers (Sue Chung, Charmaine DeGrate, Eileen Jones, Faith Liu, Dagny Looper, and Maria Sten) in their careers, and to see that kind of difference having the systemic support a program like this one, with ambassadors like Robbie and Hodson, can bring.
All projects that come out of the Lucky Exports Pitch Program will have LuckyChap Entertainment and Hodson Exports attached to produce. The projects are designed to be produced for $30 million or under, which is very conservative for an action-driven film.
As part of the program, Lucky Exports will bring in a dozen speakers to speak to the participants about their experiences in the industry. The speakers for the cohort include: Lindsey Beer, Max Borenstein, Peter Craig, Sue Kroll, Chris Morgan, Chantal Nong, Zak Penn, Geneva Robertson- Dworet, Bek Smith, Chad Stahelski, Oren Uziel and Courtenay Valenti.
More news on the Lucky Exports Pitch Program as we hear it.