After extending their partnership last summer, Netflix and high-profile producer Shonda Rimes Expanding their commitment to launch new inclusion programs to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, access initiatives and opportunities. The new initiatives, called The Producers Inclusion Initiative and The Ladder, will both be supported by Netflix’s Creative Assets Fund.
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These programs will enable graduates to be considered for jobs on Shondaland and other Netflix productions. The Producers Inclusion Initiative is specifically designed as a nine-week virtual program to train independent producers, unit production managers, supervisors and first assistant directors from historically underrepresented communities. Participants in the program will learn from executives and heads of key production units at Netflix, Shondaland and elsewhere in the industry, with the express goal of developing qualified producers for the studio system. In addition to a monthly stipend for participating in the program, graduates will be connected with personnel at both companies and others regarding potential gigs or other career development opportunities.
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For its part, Ladder aims to provide opportunities for people from marginalized groups who want to gain the on-set experience and training that are critical to the success of the film and television business. As with the inclusion initiative, Ladder participants will be paid for the duration of their participation in the scheme, which will also transport participants from central points around London.
Sara Fischer, Head of Production at Shondaland, had this to say about the new initiatives and opportunities: “At our core, Shondaland is a company committed to providing opportunities for underrepresented communities on and off screen. “We’ve made incredible progress on the frontline, and I’m excited to expand our efforts and see real results for all marginalized groups. Our partnership with Netflix has allowed us to create these two incredible new shows.” , these shows have brought tangible change to our industry. I am very proud to be part of history as we look forward to more representation on set.”
Shonda Rhimes is one of the most high-profile and commercially successful presenters in the industry.