If they are involved in the casting and financing of their films, they won’t be obliged to take meetings in hotel rooms with hirsute moguls in dressing gowns. “We’re clearly seeing more women realising that if they want substantial roles, they will have to create them,” says Dr Martha M Lauzen, executive director of the San Diego-based Centre for the Study of Women in Television and Film.“While we have seen actresses create their own production companies since the early days of film, it does seem that women who have some power in their business are now using that influence to fill the void left by largely male teams of writers and producers.” Lauzen makes the practical point that when the writers, directors and producers are predominantly male and are making movies about their own experiences, they’re likely to come up with stories featuring male characters.

This has been happening since at least 1919, when Mary Pickford, “America’s sweetheart” as she was dubbed and also Hollywood’s first “million-dollar” actress, co-founded United Artists.

A famously astute businesswoman, Pickford was determined to ensure that the Hollywood studio bosses weren’t able to put salary restrictions on her.

Since its publication in 1980,  series, which the actress helped launch.

Banks will produce the new film for Brownstone with Max Handelman.

Lisa Kudrow’s Is Or Isn’t Entertainment has picked up several Emmy nominations for its TV productions.

Jennifer Love Hewitt produced and starred in risqué TV drama Charlize Theron’s Denver and Delilah Productions (also named after dogs) has been making independent film and TV drama for well over a decade.Jodie Foster hatched Egg Pictures (“It’s feminine and about beginnings and doesn’t sound like Greek mythology,” she explained the name to put it.Kirsten Dunst’s Wooden Spoons Productions is named in memory of her grandmother, who used to keep her in line with a wooden spoon.When a star’s popularity wanes, her production company will often wither away. Bidding on the project was heated, with Warner Bros. The book is written by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Michael Martchenko.“Female-centric stories about complicated women” is how her business partner Beth Kono recently characterised the type of projects it embraces, whether grim biopics like (2016), screened widely on the festival circuit.