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What is the Power of Diversity Workshop?

The Producers Guild Diversity Committee believes in fostering inclusion for all aspiring and seasoned producers. The Workshop exists to help nurture creativity and diverse perspectives from people from all walks of life. It gives select participants an opportunity to learn from some of the most successful producers in the business and network with like-minded participants.

What kinds of projects do you accept? What genres?

We are looking for projects and aspiring producers who are enthusiastic, committed, and have dream scripts that are compelling and foster diversity in the filmmaking community worldwide.

What does the workshop cover?

The workshop is focused on the tools of producing for feature films, television, and digital media, with emphasis on up-to-the-minute trends in the industry. Each participant brings his or her project to the workshop and interacts with some of the world's top producing talents, as well as other participants, on such subjects as story development, pitching, finance, production, distribution trends, transmedia, etc.

Each producer gets the benefit of individual mentorship throughout the two-month workshop by Producers Guild members, in addition to the expertise of guest speakers.

Who are the speakers?

Some of the world's most successful producers. Past speakers have included Shonda Rhimes, Bruce Cohen, Mark Gordon, Marshall Herskovitz, Damon Lindelof, Bonnie Arnold, Caryn Mandabach, Lori McCreary, Luis Barreto, Ali LeRoi, Lindsay Doran, Ralph Winter, and many more.

What kinds of people apply to the workshop?

If you are a highly motivated and creative emerging producer with a project that you believe in, this is the place for you. There are no barriers here; not for cultural background, creed, sexual orientation, physical ability, age, or gender.

What do I get out of this?

Success in any business, and most certainly in production is predicated on building strong relationships. Some of our past participants have gone on to great success, and many have formed relationships that will carry them well into the future.

Do I have to be a PGA member to apply?

No, you do not have to be a PGA member to apply, but we do encourage PGA members to apply and to participate.

I'm already a professional producer. Why should I apply?

A good producer is one who is always evolving, learning new things, meeting new people and searching out new stories. Dr. Seuss may have put it best when he said, "The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."

What are the workshop dates?

This is an intensive workshop. Sessions are held one or two evenings per week from mid-June through mid-August. Workshops start at 7:30pm. Note that in addition to the workshop sessions, there is also a significant amount of homework to prepare and then review with your mentors.

Where is the workshop held?

Our meetings are held primarily at the headquarters of the Producers Guild of America, at 8530 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 400, in Beverly Hills, CA.

Is it really free?

Yes, it's really free, but participants provide their own transportation and lodging.

How many are accepted?

The workshop is very competitive – only 10 participants are selected each year.

What is the application deadline?

The final deadline is 6:00pm PST on Sunday, April 17, 2016. Apply by April 1 at 11:59pm to get the early bird discount.

How much does it cost to apply?

The cost to apply through April 1 is $35. After that, the fee is $50.

What do I need to include in my application?

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please review the requirements carefully on the site and make sure everything is attached before you hit "send." You must have created, optioned, or been attached AS A PRODUCER to the project you are submitting.

What can I expect after I apply?

Your application will be fully reviewed by multiple Committee Members who are all professional producers. A select few applicants will be asked to come to the Guild for round-two, in-person interviews with the Committee. From those interviewees, ten participants will be selected. All applicants will be notified of the status of their application by mid June.

I have lots of diversity projects. May I submit more than one?

No. You must select the ONE project that you feel is the strongest. Your choice of project reflects your taste and business-savvy as a producer.

We are a producing team. Can we apply together?

Yes. Teams should apply as ONE PROJECT (the project will have one application fee). Each Individual in the producing team should include their own: Release Form, Artist Statement, and Resume.

My script isn't finished. Can I still apply?

We require a completed script to apply. It does not have to be a final draft of your script. We understand that applicants may be polishing scripts or doing revisions on their script, and the feedback you receive in the workshop will be invaluable to your revision.

I don't have a resume. Can I still apply?

No. You must submit a resume.

I'm coming from out of town, out of state, out of the country.

We welcome participants from anywhere in the world. You are responsible for your own transportation and accommodations.

I'm not available all those dates. Can I still attend?

No. You must commit to all sessions.

If you have any other questions, please email us at diversity@producersguild.org.

We look forward to your application.

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