Producers Guild of America Sets Annual Diversity Workshop

Submissions will be accepted through April 20 for the program, which in the past has featured mentors including "Grey's Anatomy's" Shonda Rhimes, "Lost's" Damon Lindelof and countless others.

The Producers Guild of America on Friday opened submissions and set the date for its eighth annual Power of Diversity Workshop.

Set for May 14-July 29 in Los Angeles, the yearly event is designed to foster the development of aspiring producers who bring diverse perspectives to television, film and digital media.

Ten participants are selected for the program, which will provide them with access to industry talent and mentoring sessions with members of the PGA's Diversity Committee.

"Entertainment programming plays a critical role in shaping our view of the world and the people around us, so it’s important that the stories we help bring to life as producers reflect the diversity of world in which we live,” said workshop chair Deborah Calla, who also chairs the PGA Diversity Committee. “The PGA Diversity Committee is excited to offer this one-of-a-kind workshop to yet another group of emerging producers, and we are grateful to all the mentors who selflessly devote their time and expertise to help shape the projects of promising talent.”

Previous mentors who have participated in the workshop include Grey's Anatomy's Shonda Rhimes, Lost's Damon Lindelof and Sex and the City's Darren Starr, among others.

Submissions are now open and will close at 5 p.m. on April 20.  For more information or to apply for the workshop, go to the PGA's website.

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