Call for Applications: Hollywood Creative Forum

The Walter Kaitz Foundation is proud to present its third annual Hollywood Creative Forum to be held on Wednesday, April 11, 2012, in Los Angeles.

The Forum is a complimentary, invitation-only event targeted at diverse show runners, producers, directors and writers to promote diversity behind the cameras. The program incorporates a full day of sessions and “meet and greets” with cable network and production company executives and focuses on programming and creative content in the non-fiction and reality genres. Specifically, the Forum consists of:
• Breakfast and opening session with a keynote speaker;
• Highly charged one-on-one “Meet and Greet” structured introductions with cable network and production company executives;
• Professional skills-enhancement luncheon which provides further opportunities for networking.

Participants are selected and invited from exclusive diversity programs, including the PGA, DGA,WGA, NAMIC Writers’ Workshop and other current and previous participants in elite network diversity programs. The event is open to experienced show runners, producers, directors and writers in non-fiction and reality programming.

Production companies and cable network programming executives representing NBCUniversal, BET Networks,Time Warner Inc., Discovery Communications, LLC, Motorola,TBS and TNT, Disney ABC Television Group, A+E Networks, and Scripps Networks Interactive enjoy structured introductions with professionals of color in the non-fiction and reality genre

Past Forums have featured speakers including: Emmy-winning writer-producer, Ali Leroi; WGA Showrunner Training Program director, Carole Kirschner; Rainmaker CEO, Marvin Acuna; LAWebFest founder, Michael Ajakwe; Cooking Channel general manager, Michael Smith; Hooray founder & chief strategy officer; Ryan Stoner; Omelet branding agency co-founder, Steven Amato; Google New Business Development executive, Sunil Dahluvoy; and WGA New Media Project Manager, Tamara Krinsky.

The Hollywood Creative Forum was created by The Walter Kaitz Foundation as an enhancement to meet its continued mission to advocate and promote diversity in the cable telecommunications industry. The program provides unique opportunities for vetted professionals of color who have worked in media to gain face-to-face access with cable programming executives in order to advance their careers.

Experienced non-fiction and reality television show runners, producers, directors and writers of color are invited to register by the Friday, March 30, 2012 deadline online here. There is no fee to participate in the Forum and notifications will be sent out by April 2, 2012, confirming all selected participants.