Call for Submissions: "The Power of Diversity" PGA Workshop

The Producers Guild of America is proud to announce its producing workshop, “THE POWER OF DIVERSITY.” This workshop is designed to foster the creative development of diverse voices in Television Comedy, Drama, & Reality; Motion Pictures, Documentaries and Web series.

Up to ten (10) participants will be encouraged to explore, create and refine stories that reflect our diverse culture. Applicants may be emerging creative voices or those well-established in their careers.

The program will focus on moving projects forward through seminars and master classes with top professionals in film, television, and new media supported by one-on-one mentoring with Producers Guild members. Topics include: story development, pitching, packaging, financing, marketing, and new media opportunities. Every session will be tailored to our participating producers and their projects.
- Workshop call for entries opens on March 12th, 2012 and closes on April 20th, 2012 at 5:00 pm.
- Applicants will be notified by May 7th, 2012
- Workshop sessions will take place between May 14th and July 29th. Selected participants must attend all sessions of the program.
- Workshop sessions are held weekday evenings, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. with a few Saturday sessions at The Producers Guild of America offices at 8530 Wilshire Blvd., Ste 400, Beverly Hills.

Past workshop speakers have included, Marshall Herskovitz (Love and Other Drugs, Blood Diamond) Damon Lindelof (Lost, Star Trek), Mark Gordon (Grey’s Anatomy, Saving Private Ryan) Bruce Cohen (Pushing Daisies, American Beauty) in addition to others.

Only (1) application/project per applicant please. Applicants must apply by mail only. No faxes or drop-offs will be accepted. To apply please submit:
• Application can be downloaded at www.pgadiversity.org.
• Signed release form can also be downloaded at www.pgadiversity.org.
• 8-10 page treatment as well as a 2 page synopsis for Motion Picture projects
• 4-5 page series overview for TV Reality projects.
• 4-5 page treatment as well as a 2 page synopsis for TV Comedy, TV Drama, Documentary, and Web Series projects
• A current resume.
• A non-refundable $35 application fee made out to Producers Guild of America Foundation for applications postmarked by March 26th 2012. Submissions postmarked between March 27th and April 20th 2012, a non-refundable $50 application fee made out to Producers Guild of America Foundation.
• A 1 page artist’s statement about why you want to participate in the workshop and what benefits you foresees from participation. Applicants will be notified by May 7th, 2012
• Workshop sessions will take place between May 14th and July 29th. Selected participants must attend all sessions of the program.
• Workshop sessions are held weekday evenings, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. with a few Saturday sessions at The Producers Guild of America offices at 8530 Wilshire Blvd., Ste 400, Beverly Hills.
• ALL SUBMISSIONS MUST DEMONSTRATE AN ENGAGEMENT WITH ISSUES OF DIVERSITY.

Participants will be chosen on a two-step process.
• First step: Application.
• Second step: Interview.

Producers will be notified of the interview phase by April 30th. Final workshop participants will be notified by May 7th.

Send four (4) copies of all materials to: 
PGA Producing Workshop
Producers Guild of America
8530 Wilshire Blvd. Ste 400
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

The PGA Workshop is offered at no charge: A good idea and passion are the only requirements for submission.

All projects must be registered with the Writers Guild of America prior to submission.