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Sep 30th 2014

First Film in the New MAKERS Series Premieres - MAKERS: Women in Comedy

The first film in the new MAKERS series, MAKERS: Women in Comedy, premieres on Tuesday, September 30 at 9pm ET/PT on PBS. This film tracks the rise of women in the world of comedy, from the "dangerous" comedy of '70s sitcoms like Maude to the groundbreaking women of the 1980s American comedy club boom and building to today's multifaceted landscape.

Contemporary comics, including Chelsea Handler, Mo'Nique, Sarah Silverman, Ellen DeGeneres, Jane Lynch, Kathy Griffin, and the incomparable Joan Rivers (in one of her last interviews) talk about where women started in this competitive, male-dominated profession and where they are determined to go.

Kathy Griffin will host a virtual screening on the film on Wednesday, October 1 at 8pm ET on MAKERS.com. The film will then live and be available for streaming anytime on MAKERS.com.

Building on the 2013 film MAKERS: Women Who Make America, which told the story of the modern American women's movement, the series will introduce a new collection of MAKERS.

Join the conversation on Twitter with @MAKERSwomen, @PBS and #MAKERSfilm. Visit MAKERS.com/documentary/womenincomedy for more information.

Jun 23rd 2014

10 Chinese MAKERS Stories Launched Today

"The success of a woman is not to be judged by society... If she feels good about herself, then she's successful." - Fu Ying, Vice Foreign Minister of China

This MAKERSMonday, MAKERS will launch 10 Chinese MAKERS stories spotlighting groundbreaking female leaders in China from different fields, ranging from dance to government affairs and literature to business. MAKERS partnered with Yang Lan, founder of Sun Media Group, the largest independent media group in China, to develop and share these stories of women pioneers.

As MAKERS aims to be the largest collection of women's stories ever assembled, the partnership allows the brand to tell more women's stories, create a new cultural exchange between American and Chinese women, and reach a wider audience. The stories of the ten Chinese MAKERS will be distributed on Yang Lan's online destination for women, Her Village, which reaches over 300 million viewers and consumers worldwide each month. From famed actress Gong Li to Olympic coach Li Han to investigative journalist Hu Shuli, the incredible, eclectic group of women have powerful stories that are not to be missed.

May 1st 2014

MAKERS Wins International Award

MAKERS, the first-of-its-kind multi-platform initiative from AOL, was honored last night with a FOCAL Award for the "Best Use of Footage on Digital or Non-Television Platforms." FOCAL, in association with the AP Archive, celebrates the best use of footage in a variety of genres and media platforms and recognizes the teams that create the footage, from producers to creative directors.

This international award highlights the premium content on MAKERS.com, but further speaks to the archival element inherent in the MAKERS mission to become the largest collection of women's stories ever assembled. We're proud to receive this international recognition and look forward to realizing even greater scale through our expansion to China and Canada.

Congratulations to the team!

Apr 24th 2014

MAKERS Goes Global With Launch In China

MAKERS, the first-of-its-kind multi-platform initiative from AOL, becomes a global platform today -- joining the ranks of The Huffington Post, TechCrunch and Engadget. MAKERS China, in partnership with Yang Lan, a broadcast journalist and founder of Sun Media Group – one of China's leading private media companies – highlights and celebrates ten trailblazing Chinese women. MAKERS aims to be the largest collection of women's stories ever assembled, and through this launch provides an opportunity for the brand to create new MAKERS stories while reaching hundreds of millions of new viewers.

Yang Lan first approached AOL about bringing MAKERS into her country, and now serves as the Executive Producer for MAKERS China. Responsible for helping select and produce all content, she worked closely with a diverse and accomplished board of advisors to select each MAKER. The stories of the ten Chinese MAKERS will be distributed on Her Village, Yang Lan's online destination for women. Next month, translations of these stories will be featured on MAKERS.com and MAKERS.cn.

Watch the story of the first global MAKER, Yang Lan today at http://www.MAKERS.com/China.

The Chinese MAKERS include:

  • Fu Ying: the serving vice Foreign Minister of the People's Republic of China and the first female spokesperson in the history of the National People's Congress of China (NPC)
  • Li Yinhe: an acclaimed female sociologist in China, she is a well-known sexologist and an activist for LGBT rights
  • GuoJianmeib: the founder of mainland China's first public interest institution to offer legal support and service to underprivileged women
  • Dong Mingzhu: a powerful female entrepreneur of the Chinese manufacturing industry
  • Gong Li: the first Chinese actress to become widely known to the western public
  • Laura Cha Shih May-lung: the first woman deputy chair of the China Stock Exchange and the first person outside of mainland China to join the central government of China at the vice-ministerial rank
  • Hu-Shuli: well-known and distinguished Chinese financial journalist and business owner in the media industry
  • Yang Liping: celebrated dancer and choreographer, she revived and modernized ethnic dance, and also brought Chinese dance to western culture
  • Yan Geling: regarded as a groundbreaking and influential Chinese writer and playwright in the world's literary landscape
  • Li Yan: well-accomplished athlete and coach, she won the first-ever medal on short track speed skating for China at the 1992 Olympics and is the most decorated Chinese coach in a single Olympic game

Mar 25th 2014

MAKERS Celebrates Gloria Steinem's 80th Birthday

There's no simple way to celebrate an icon like Gloria Steinem.

For many of us, Gloria is the leader who embodies feminism, who pushed the women's movement into the mainstream, who voices so articulately what we feel in our hearts but can't yet communicate in words, and whose dedication to equality is something we should all at least attempt to model.

So for Gloria's 80th, one of the ways we're honoring the icon is by celebrating her accomplished life, from "What You Know" to "What You Didn't Know."

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