The bar was raised with our inaugural HBCU in LA Student Film Showcase. Students collaborated to produce a 10-minute short film as their final summer project under the supervision of James Bland, Creator, and Producer of the Emmy award-winning series, “Giants” along with his production team. Students received mentorship from industry leaders and professionals during the making of the film. We are proud to be the first program to showcase aspiring HBCU student writers, directors, actors, and below-the-line talent to the industry!
EICOP’s HBCU in LA is an innovative pipeline development program designed to provide access and opportunity to underrepresented students of color and help meet the industry’s diversity goal of employing a workforce that is reflective of the diverse communities it serves. The program focuses on educating, developing, training, and placing students in internships with major studios, networks, talent agencies, and production companies. The program has also expanded to include: Technology/E-Sports, Music, Sports, Fashion, Music, and Commercial Production.
In addition to their internships, students participate in guest lectures, field trips, studio tours, screenings, and industry events designed to enhance and expand their knowledge of how this multifaceted industry works. Students are also tasked with the job of creating an original short film under the supervision of industry experts.
Through the film project, students are exposed to all aspects of the film-making process from pitching an original concept to marketing and screening the completed film to an audience.
Our mission is to identify and develop diverse talent across all aspects of the entertainment, media, sports, music, technology, and global creative industries. Our goal in establishing this much-needed program is to provide a diverse, ready-for-hire talent pool that has long been underrepresented in the creative workforce. Together with the support of our industry partners, we are making it possible for students of color to live, thrive, and succeed in today’s global creative economy.
Education: We will partner with HBCU and PMI educators, industry leaders, and organizations to provide an exclusive educational platform with a curriculum that provides the most relevant and up-to-date skills and knowledge needed to navigate a career across all aspects of the entertainment industry. Students will learn of the myriad of viable career options and skills needed to successfully launch a professional career in the industry. Classroom instruction will include guest lectures, field trips, studios tours, screening, and networking events all designed to enhance and expand their knowledge of how the industry works.
Training & Development: We will work with industry professionals, organizations, and creative leaders to provide students with professional development workshops, masterclasses, career prep, soft skills and industry etiquette and protocol essential for launching and leveraging a professional career. We will provide career coaching and counseling to assist students in the areas of employment, interviewing, and resume writing. Additionally, students will be exposed to the variety of industry-specific programs and competitions.
Internships: This LA-based program makes it possible for HBCU and PMI students who typically come from low-income households and who are faced with the geographical barrier of not living in LA the ability to take advantage of internship opportunities with major Networks, Studios, Agencies, Production Companies, and other industry organizations. Students will gain access to real-world work experience with our industry partners who will serve as host companies for the students participating in this historic internship program.
Mentoring: We will collaborate with industry professionals and some of Hollywood’s most influential HBCU and PMI Alumni working in front of and behind the scenes in Hollywood to mentor the next generation of diverse power players. Recognizing the importance of having a built-in network is essential when it comes to succeeding in the entertainment industry as it is more about who you know than what you know. The program will offer students a rare insider’s perspective of Hollywood knowledge and experiences that cannot be taught in a traditional classroom setting.
EICOP will work with HBCU community leaders, educators, and the entertainment community across various sectors to achieve our goals. An advisory committee will be selected to include industry leaders, executives, creative professionals, talent, HBCU Alumni, as well as individuals from higher education and nonprofit organizations to provide guidance and programmatic input for the overall success of the program.