Indigenous Media announced Wednesday it is partnering with Lesli Linka Glatter (“Homeland”), Mimi Leder (“The Leftovers”), Kasi Lemmons (“Eves Bayou”), Betty Thomas (“Private Parts”) and Sarah Treem (“The Affair”) to launch a mentorship program for a new group of female writers and directors.
Indigenous Media, led by co-CEOs Jon Avnet, Rodrigo Garcia and Jake Avnet, is collaborating with Women In Film Los Angeles, the Producers Guild of America’s Women’s Impact Network, the Women’s Project Lab, the Alliance of Women Directors, the Kilroys and the Lillys to help find candidates for an incubator called Made By Women, which is focused on creating dramatic series helmed by women. Each organization will nominate three candidates, and Indigenous Media will select the finalists and assign each woman to a mentor.
“We are fortunate to have five incredibly talented women to launch Made By Women, our female-centric incubator. Their skills and mentoring will be invaluable in assisting young storytellers to have their visions realized,”Jon Avnet said. “Women are an appalling minority when it comes to serving as directors and showrunners. We hope this initiative will, in some small but concrete way, begin to rectify this situation.”
In addition to the mentor program, Indigenous Media will finance a short based on each pair’s pilot script with the opportunity to produce and fund a full-length version.
“Women’s voices are incredibly valuable in the storytelling process, as evidenced by the work of our mentors,” Garcia said. “We have collaborated with many of them in the past and are honored they have joined forces with us for this project.”
Made By Women marks Indigenous Media’s second incubator program. The first, which was a partnership with Josh Hutcherson and Michelle Hutcherson, was created to discover and mentor emerging filmmakers.