EIGHTH ANNUAL "POWER OF DIVERSITY” WORKSHOP
Past mentors for workshop include top producers Bruce Cohen, Mark Gordon, Marshall Herskovitz, Damon Lindelof, Caryn Mandabach, Lori McCreary, Shonda Rhimes, Darren Star, Mike Tollin and Ralph Winter, among many others
LOS ANGELES, CA (March 16, 2012) – The Producers Guild of America (PGA) is pleased to announce the eighth annual "Power of Diversity” Workshop, which will run from May 14 through July 29 in Los Angeles. This highly successful program is designed to foster the development of aspiring producers who bring diverse perspectives to television, film and digital media.
The annual workshop provides ten selected participants with unique access to top industry talent for discussions and seminars about the producing craft. Participants are 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, and will include all aspects of producing such as story development, pitching, packaging, financing, marketing and digital media.
"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.”
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), Damon Lindelof (LOST, STAR TREK, COWBOYS & ALIENS), Caryn Mandabach ("Nurse Jackie,” "That 70’s Show,” "In With The Flynns”), Lori McCreary (INVICTUS, THE MAIDEN HEIST), Shonda Rhimes ("Grey’s Anatomy,” "Private Practice”), Darren Star ("Sex in the City,” "90210”) Mike Tollin ("Smallville,” "One Tree Hill,”RADIO) and Ralph Winter (X-MEN, FANTASTIC 4), among many others.
Submissions for the PGA’s "Power of Diversity” Workshop are now open and will close on April 20 at 5:00pm. Applicants may be emerging creative voices or those well-established in their careers. Up to ten 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.
Copyright Enforcement Group (CEG), a first-in-class content protection solutions provider, has also joined this year as the presenting sponsor for the "Power of Diversity” Workshop.
About the Producers Guild of America
The Producers Guild of America is the non-profit trade group that represents, protects and promotes the interests of all members of the producing team in film, television and new media. The PGA has over 5,000 members who work together to protect and improve their careers, the industry and community by providing members with health benefits, employment opportunities, the creation of fair and impartial standards for the awarding of producing credits, as well as other education and advocacy efforts such as promoting sustainable production practices. Visit www.producersguild.org and www.pgagreen.org for more information.
About Copyright Enforcement Group
Copyright Enforcement Group (CEG) provides first-in-class copyright protection, offering comprehensive anti-piracy solutions and in-depth business intelligence to copyright owners worldwide. Cutting edge technology enables CEG to track, monetize, and analyze all forms of copyrighted content - audio, video, image, text, video games and software - across multiple Peer-to-Peer protocols (P2P) and websites. To learn more about CEG’s services, please visit http://www.ceg-intl.com.
Christopher de Haan