Programs for Emerging and Underrepresented Talent

There are a variety of programs available and currently accepting applications for emerging and underrepresented talent. 

By Lauren Cali 
May 5, 2022 

In Hollywood, there has been tremendous growth in programs for emerging and underrepresented Various companies currently have applications open. We wanted to highlight some programs you can apply to now, as well as companies that do year-round work. 

Femme House 

LP Giobbi founded her company in 2019 to foster more equitable opportunities for women and gender-expansive individuals in the technical and behind-the-scenes areas of music. Femme house offers courses, sessions, programs, and scholarships throughout the year. You can learn more here

Sony Picture Animation <> The Black List

A new writers program has been formed between Sony Pictures Animation and The Black List, for emerging diverse talent in animation. The writer chosen will work in-house for six months, and receive $50,000. Applications are open now through July 8th. You can learn more here

Group Effort Initiative
Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively founded their company in 2020 to create a pipeline for members of underrepresented communities to get real experience towards lasting careers within the entertainment industry. Group Effort Initiative offers paid internships, entry-level jobs, on-set PA opportunities, mentorships and education. You can learn more here .


Netflix continues to invest in programs whose mission is to support new voices and initiatives. The company's Fund for Creative Equity helps build new opportunities for underrepresented communities within entertainment. You can learn more here

Concord Originals <> Outfest Fusion
A new pitch contest has been launched between Concord Originals and Outfest Fusion. Their short film financing and IP licensing initiative was started to support up-and-coming LGBTQIA+ filmmakers of color. The contest will take place at Outfest Los Angeles in July. You can learn more here .