By this point, we are all well aware of the fact that Hollywood has a ways to go before the industry reflects the diversity seen across the globe both in front of and behind the camera. “The Annenberg Report on Diversity” (released last month) examined 109 films that were released by studios in 2014 in addition to the 305 scripted television and digital series across 31 networks and streaming websites and found that 87% of directors are white, 3.4% of films were directed by women, and only 2 out of 109 films were directed by black women (Ava DuVernay directing Selma and Amma Asante directing Belle).
Despite the lack of inclusion within the highest ranks of the industry, many companies have committed themselves to changing things by establishing diversity initiatives to launch careers in television and film.
Below are some of the most popular programs:
CBS Writers Mentoring Program
Application window March 1 to May 2, 2016.
Warner Brother Fresh Ink Writing Program
Application window opens May 1, 2016.
Applications by invitation only. Information on submission window for 2017 program will be available in December.
NBC’s Writers on the Verge
Website: www.nbcunitips.com (launching late April) or http://www.nbcunicareers.com/writers-verge
Application window is generally from May 1st through May 31st.
Submissions accepted annually in May.
Application window opens September, however you must be nominated your agent, manager, or by one of Fox’s approved partner orgs in order to submit.
Application window open July- August
Application window opens in September/October.
Application window is always open.
Submission window closes in June.
Universal Pictures Emerging Writers Fellowship
Application window opens in September.
Application window open September through October.
Application window opens April 6, 2016.
Application window opens February 22, 2016
NBC’s Director Fellowship Program
Website: nbcunitips.com or http://www.nbcudirectingfellowship.com
Nomination period opens October 1st.
Application window is open March through May.
Applications are due in early December.
FILM DIRECTING PROGRAMS
AFI Directing Workshop for Women
Applications close in January.
by HBR Media Team.