According to the Producer’s Guild of America’s website, The Power of Diversity Master Workshop is an eight-week intensive program that trains you as a creative producer to take a project from script through distribution on multiple platforms. 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 people apply to the workshop?
If you are a highly motivated and creative emerging or mid-career producer with a project that you believe in, this is the place for you. There are no barriers here; we seek underserved voices in media: all genders, all sexual orientations, all ethnicities, all religions, all ages, all abilities and veterans. We accept participants from all around the world, but you must provide your own transportation and lodging. Our mission is to prepare you to launch a story to the world from your unique perspective.
What kinds of projects do you accept? What genres?
We accept film, television, documentary features and series, and new media projects, in all genres. We do not accept shorts. You must submit a completed script, though not necessarily a final draft, or for documentary projects, a detailed treatment. We are looking for commercially-viable projects that foster diversity in the industry.
What does the workshop cover?
The workshop is focused on the tools of producing for feature films, television, documentary and digital media, with emphasis on up-to-the-minute trends in the industry. In eight weeks, we cover story, development, pitching, finance, packaging, production, marketing, distribution trends, multiplatform and more. Participants are expected to complete weekly homework assignments.
In addition to the expertise of guest speakers, each producer gets the benefit of individual mentorship throughout the two-month workshop by Producers Guild members. Upon successful completion of the program, participants will have a final project strategy, ready to launch into the marketplace.
Who are the speakers?
Some of the industry’s most successful producers in film, television, and new media. Past speakers have included: Shonda Rhimes, Bruce Cohen, Lori McCreary, Gary Lucchesi, Mark Gordon, Marshall Herskovitz, Bonnie Arnold, Nina Yang Bongiovi, Ashok Amritraj, Caryn Mandabach, Luis Barreto, Ali LeRoi, Cathy Schulman, Lauren Shuler Donner, Damon Lindelof, Lindsay Doran, Ralph Winter, Bruna Papandrea and many more.
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 lasting relationships through the Workshop 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. We encourage non-guild as well as guild members to apply.
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. In the words of Dr. Seuss, “The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”