THR unveils mentor program

Initiative kicks off at Women in Entertainment breakfast

The Hollywood Reporter is spearheading a mentorship program in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles that will connect young women from the inner city with female entertainment executives.

The mentees were chosen by Big Brothers Big Sisters to learn about the industry and realize their full potential in the workplace. Each mentor will have the opportunity to effect change and positively influence a young woman who has no other access to this type of environment.

The Women in Entertainment Mentorship Program will be unveiled Friday morning at THR's annual WIE Breakfast and in the paper's Power 100 special issue that hits stands Friday.

Twelve women ages 15 and older were selected based on their interest in the arts and the business of entertainment. The mentors -- leading female executives in entertainment -- were interviewed and screened by Big Brothers Big Sisters staff, and matches were made according to interest, personality types and preferences.

"By joining forces with the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization, we are able to give back to the Hollywood community in a truly unique and impactful way," said THR editor Elizabeth Guider, who is a mentor in the program. "People come to Los Angeles from all over the world with the hope of working in the entertainment industry, but it's important to nurture the talent that's right here in our own backyard."

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The program will begin next month and continue throughout the year, with introductory meetings taking place at Friday's breakfast.

In addition to Guider, the inaugural mentors are CBS Films' Amy Baer, TV producer Linda Bell Blue, Ziffren Brittenham's Melanie Cook, Fremantle's Cecile Frot-Coutaz, WME's Nancy Josephson, Warner Bros.' Sue Kroll, Universal's Donna Langley, MGM's Mary Parent, Gersh's Leslie Siebert, Disney's Anne Sweeney and Lifetime's Andrea Wong.
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