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Netflix Graduates First Cohort From Series Director Development Program (Exclusive)

It took an extra year (thanks to the pandemic), but the inaugural cohort from the Netflix Series Director Development Program is finally celebrating its completion. Nine directors hoping to expand their opportunities in episodic work — nominated by a creative executive at the streamer and ultimately selected by Netflix exec producers — have spent the […]

Google, YouTube Originals Team With The Black List on Black Voices Creator Fellowship for TV Writers

Google and The Black List are behind a new fellowship opportunity for TV writers producing exceptional and authentic stories about the Black experience. The Black List x YouTube Originals Black Voices Creator Fellowship will provide financial grants and creative support to four television writers, with each fellow receiving $40,000 in financial support. That grant will […]

CBS Studios and NAACP Production Venture Team With The Black List on TV Script Initiative Supporting Authentic Black Narratives

The Black List is teaming with the NAACP and CBS Studios for a new initiative aimed at supporting TV scriptwriters telling authentic stories about the Black experience. Announced Tuesday, the partnership will see The Black List assist the CBS Studios/NAACP Production Venture in identifying a shortlist of writers, after which one WGA-minimum script deal will […]

Academy Apologizes to Sacheen Littlefeather for Her Mistreatment at the 1973 Oscars (Exclusive)

The first time Sacheen Littlefeather encountered the Academy, in 1973, she was booed onstage at the Oscars, heckled with mock ululations and so-called “tomahawk chops” offstage, and threatened with arrest and physical assault. Nearly half a century later, she will return to the Academy as an invited guest of honor for an evening of reflection […]

Sundance Institute Launches New Fellowships, Scholarships for Latino and AAPI Artists

The Sundance Institute is adding two new programs, focused on developing Latino and Asian American Pacific Islander artists, to its ongoing suite of initiatives aimed at diversifying independent media. Both new programs include a fellowship and a scholarship component, with a different cohort selected for each. The Sundance Institute Latine Fellowship and Collab Scholarship is […]

ReFrame Rise Expands to Cinematographers With Second Cohort (Exclusive)

In June 2019, the gender-parity industry coalition ReFrame unveiled Rise, its two-year program to support the continuation of mid-level female directors’ careers. After a slight pandemic-affected delay, ReFrame Rise has now returned with its second cohort, which expands to include cinematographers. Each woman will be matched with a career coach and a team of industry […]

History Channel/A+E Networks Forms Multiyear Partnership With Roybal Film and TV Production Magnet Fund

The History Channel/A+E Networks has entered in a multiyear partnership with the Roybal Film and Television Magnet Fund, which supports the magnet school of the same name founded last summer by a host of industry elites, including George Clooney, Grant Heslov and CAA managing director Bryan Lourd. A+E Networks Group president and chair Paul Buccieri […]

Dan Lin Launches BIPOC-Focused Content Accelerator Rideback Rise

Producer Dan Lin is launching a new nonprofit accelerator to help cultivate the next generation of BIPOC creators and entrepreneurs. Rideback Rise – a registered 501(c)(3) – already has secured more than $1 million in commitments from the Ford and MacArthur foundations, the Zelnick Belzberg Charitable Trust, the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art and […]

Diverse Representation Launches Summer Immersion Program for HBCU Law Students

Diverse Representation, the organization dedicated to supporting Black representatives (agents, attorneys, managers, publicists and financial advisors) in sports and entertainment, has launched a new program to expose law students to opportunities in Hollywood. As part of a partnership struck with Southern University Law Center last September, the first-ever Summer Entertainment Immersion Program will take place […]

‘Euphoria,’ ‘Yellowjackets,’ ‘Big Sky’ Among Series to Get ReFrame Stamp of Approval

The ReFrame Stamp, a distinction handed out to TV productions that have achieved gender-balanced hiring, has been given to 94 shows from the IMDb top 200 series table for the 2021-22 season. Among the newly stamped shows are Big Sky, Bridgerton, Star Trek: Discovery, The Flight Attendant, Gaslit, Chicago Med and others. The news was […]

Hollywood’s Chief Diversity Officers Tell All

This is the first in an ongoing series on the status of progress with inclusion in Hollywood. *** Latasha Gillespie remembers having a doctor’s appointment on May 30, 2020. It was five days after George Floyd was suffocated by a police officer, his excruciating nine-minute, 29-second death — captured on video and witnessed by millions […]

Starz Teams With NALIP, NFMLA for Development Program for Underrepresented Writers

As part of Starz’s ongoing #TakeTheLead initiative to support inclusion behind the scenes as well as as onscreen, the network is launching a program to train scribes from historically excluded backgrounds in writing for premium cable. The Starz #TakeTheLead Writers’ Intensive is a first-time partnership with the National Association of Latino Independent Producers and NewFilmmakers […]