PGA working on diversity

Workshop will take place over the next four months

The Producers Guild of America has launched a free program to foster Hollywood’s production of projects that reflect creative and cultural diversity.

The PGA Diversity Workshop will take place over the next four months, with a dozen applicants accepted on each of three tracks. Marshall Herskovitz will conduct the track on features, while Marta Kauffman handles the TV comedy track and Shonda Rhimes is in charge of TV dramas.

Program’s goal is to sharpen development skills in collaboration with colleagues, provide mentoring from a successful and experience producer, interview and rehearse a cast and present a scene as part of a pitch to network and studio execs in October.

The PGA believes the workshops will give participants the tools needed to succeed in the market and provide them with the confidence to initiate and develop projects that address the issues of diversity and appealing to multicultural audiences. The workshops will begin in July.

“The PGA Diversity Workshop aims to familiarize its participants with a model of positive collaborative experience necessary to a successful development process,” the org said.

While eligibility isn’t limited to ethnic minorities, the workshop’s emphasis will be on diversity. Applications for the free workshops are due at the PGA office by Tuesday.

The PGA’s annual Celebration of Diversity, which has been running for the past three years, will move from fall to a new date in May 2006.

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