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Woman on a Mission Can Jill Soloway change the way we make TV?



JILL SOLOWAY LAUGHS at the bravado she displayed during her early-career pitch meetings with Hollywood television executives. “I used to walk in and tell them, ‘I want to do something no one has ever done before, and I want to change the world,’” she says. She soon learned that the writers who actually get their shows produced do so by promising to earn studios lots of money, so she toned down her revolutionary spiel. But now, after the runaway, Emmywinning success of Transparent—an on-demand Amazon series that launched in 2014 and is loosely based on Soloway’s own parent coming out as a transgender woman—she is back to rabble-rousing. With Topple, the production company she founded in 2016, this writer director- producer aspires to achieve nothing less than to “topple the patriarchy.”

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MACRON STRONGER THAN LE PEN, BUT FRANCE’S WORRIES FAR FROM OVE It was the day the world didn’t end, the day that the tide of populism that gave the world Brexit and Donald Trump turned, the moment when French voters chose pragmatism over protest. That, at least, was the judgment of Europe’s establishment at the victory of centrist Emmanuel Macron in the May 7th French presidential election. It’s not hard to see why the defeat of the Euroskeptic, anti-immigration Marine Le Pen was so vital to the West’s future. A victory for Le Pen’s far-right National Front party would likely have heralded the disintegration of the European Union and the end of the continent’s grand experiment with open borders. However, with Macron's victory, establishment Europe shouldn’t feel too relieved about right-winger Marine Le Pen’s defeat in France.