Amazon Studios and Howard University have teamed up again for the Howard Entertainment program. The effort aims to diversify the entertainment industry by creating a pipeline for black students and other under-represented students in its ranks, according to a statement from the partners. This is the third year of the program. The window for applications opened today.
The program is divided into two parts: a spring semester where students take business-related courses and a summer semester which sees them work in the field via an internship. Students may focus on film and television, public relations, business, law, fine arts, theater arts administration, theater technology, or the music industry. The courses count towards the graduation requirements of the students.
“Over the past two years, we’ve made great strides in our initiatives to create new and diverse pipeline programs in the entertainment industry,” said Jennifer Salke, director of Amazon Studios. “As we enter our third year, we are more committed than ever to helping new voices join the conversation and continue to mentor our students at Howard Entertainment. We know these programs will benefit our industry as a whole and create future leaders. “
Latasha Gillespie, Global Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Amazon Studios, said: “As an industry, we have a responsibility to create opportunity and foster new voices in all areas. disciplines. Together with Howard University, we are able to implement our words and help the next generation of aspiring industry leaders forge their way into the future. It is both rewarding and exciting to empower the next generation of leaders as they begin their careers in entertainment.
“We are very grateful to Amazon Studios for their continued partnership in the Howard Entertainment program,” said Anthony K. Wutoh, Ph.D. “It was a pleasure to see Howard’s students participate in this program, build their network and be exposed to opportunities in the entertainment industry. “
Guest speakers included showrunner Anthony Sparks, actress and writer Ashleigh Hairston, actress Michael Hyatt, producer Logan Coles, actress Wendy Raquel Robinson, writer Christina Hamm and writer James Tyler.
The second year of the program included internships with Amazon partners, such as JuVee by Viola Davis, Tracy Yvonne Productions (TYP) by Tracy Oliver, Scrap Paper Pictures by Rachel Brosnahan, and Hillman Grad Productions by Lena Waithe. Alumni have secured jobs at companies such as Gravillis, UTA, and Warner Bros.
The Howard Entertainment program launched in 2019. This year’s program component will begin on January 10, 2022.