Howard University and Amazon Studios have together launched Howard Entertainment, a programme designed to improve diversity in the entertainment industry.
The joint venture seeks to improve diversity and inclusion in the media by creating a pipeline for African-American students and other marginalised groups to train and study alongside entertainment executives.
The programme is due to start in January 2020, lasting two semesters in Los Angeles.
The focus of the programme is on immersive, hands-on work experience for individuals who will follow a unique interdisciplinary curriculum and have the opportunity to network with Amazon’s industry partners.
The participating students from Howard University will have the opportunity to take academic courses during the spring semester and then participate in a fellowship within the entertainment industry during the summer semester.
Amazon Howard Entertainment students will get to grips with all aspects of the entertainment industry
President Wayne A.I. Frederick, MD, MBA, said: “The vision of Howard Entertainment is to offer a one-of-a-kind experience for students interested in all aspects of entertainment, from project greenlighting, to PR and marketing, to entertainment law and finance.
“This relationship aligns with Howard’s strategic goals of enhancing academic excellence and inspiring new knowledge. Collaborating with Amazon Studios will enable us to marry academia and industry efforts to build a robust workforce of diverse entertainment industry leaders.
“With Howard’s proven track record of developing some of Hollywood’s most notable actors, comedians and musicians, this next level collaboration will enable us to have even greater impact.”
Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios added: “Amazon Studios has been working to create new pathways into the industry for talented students of all backgrounds and we are proud to team with Howard on this new program supporting aspiring entertainment leaders.
“As we strive to delight our Prime Video customers, we’re ensuring there are diverse perspectives and experiences around the table to help us make the best decisions in all aspects of the business.”
In order to participate in the programme, students must be enrolled as a Howard University student as either an upperclassman or graduate student and will have to complete a full application and interview in order to be considered.
The taught aspect of the programme in the US will be delivered by Howard faculty, who will be supported by employees of Amazon Studios employees and other industry professionals as invited by Amazon.
The Amazon Howard Entertainment programme has been crafted to give students work in projects that offer “real world” application and will help students to develop “work ready skills prior to graduating.”
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