PRODUCERS GUILD OF AMERICA KICKS OFF SEVENTH ANNUAL “POWER OF DIVERSITY” WORKSHOP
Friday, February 18, 2011
Past mentors for workshop include top producers Bruce Cohen, Mark Gordon, Marshall Herskovitz, Wendy Japhet, Ali LeRoi, Lori McCreary, Shonda Rhimes, and Darren Star, among many others
LOS ANGELES, CA – February 17, 2011 - The Producers Guild of America (PGA) is proud to announce the seventh annual "Power of Diversity” Workshop. This highly successful program is designed to foster the important development of aspiring producers who bring diverse perspectives to television, film and non-traditional media. The annual workshop provides ten selected participants unique access to top industry talent for discussions and seminars about the producing craft. Participants are also supported by one-on-one mentoring sessions with members of the Guild’s Diversity Committee. Topics are tailored to the participating producers and their projects but subjects to be addressed include story development, pitching, packaging, financing, marketing, and new media.
Submissions for the PGA’s "Power of Diversity” Workshop opened on February 16 and will close on April 4 at 5pm. The program runs from May through August. Applicants may be emerging creative voices or those well-established in their careers. Up to ten (10) participants will be selected to take part in the workshop at no charge. Past participants have gone on to join such shows as "Grey’s Anatomy,” "The Unit,” and "Justified” as well as to produce films and other self-produced work. For further information and application forms please go to: www.pgadiversity.org
"We are so proud of the distinguished producers that have attended past workshops and then gone on to achieve impressive things,” said workshop chair Deborah Calla. "Now in our seventh year, we’re thrilled to offer this unique opportunity to another group of emerging filmmakers with a vision for culturally diverse programming.”
"The Producers Guild Diversity Committee understands how important it is to foster diverse voices within the entertainment industry,” said PGA Diversity Committee chair George Sunga. "As such, we are thankful to all the mentors who selflessly devote their time and expertise and help guide the projects of promising talent.”Past mentors have included such top producing talent as Bruce Cohen ("Pushing Daisies,” MILK, AMERICAN BEAUTY), Mark Gordon ("Grey's Anatomy,” SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, 2012), Marshall Herskovitz (DEFIANCE, BLOOD DIAMOND, THE LAST SAMURAI), Wendy Japhet (AN EDUCATION, I’M NOT THERE), Ali LeRoi (ARE WE THERE YET? "Everybody Hates Chris”), Lori McCreary (INVICTUS, THE MAIDEN HEIST), Shonda Rhimes ("Grey’s Anatomy,” "Private Practice”) and Darren Star ("Sex in the City,” "90210”), among many others.