The Hollywood Reporter Announces Program to Increase Diversity Among Entertainment Execs
The Hollywood Reporter (THR) is hoping to increase the number of executives of color in the entertainment industry by creating a two-year job-training program called the Young Executives Fellowship. Starting in April and continuing annually, 25 underrepresented and low-income high school juniors in Los Angeles will be selected to participate. Amazon Studios and the WME talent agency are sponsors. The advisory board includes LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, Compton Mayor Aja Brown, Martin Luther King III, longtime Southern California school administrator Thelma Meléndez de Santa Ana, and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles Olivia Díaz-Lapham. During the program’s first year, students will be taught about production, marketing, and finance in workshops based at Loyola Marymount University and hear from the upper ranks of major studios. Participants will also visit film and television companies. In the second year, students will spend most of their time inside entertainment companies. Each student will be guaranteed a paid internship, with the expectation that they will be considered for a position after graduation. The NYT reports that graduating students will also visit China for 10 days, spending time with film students at Shandong University in a venture with Shandong Radio and TV. Matthew Belloni, THR’s Editorial Director, said that Hollywood had to stop talking about the need for more diversity and start doing something about it. “This is not a mentorship -- it’s regimented job training designed to get results,” he said. More here.