ABFF Greenlighters Academy

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The ABFF Greenlighters Academy will educate students from Historically Black colleges and Universities on the inner workings of the film and television business. The program is designed to be an incubator for African American college students with an interest in pursuing careers on the corporate side of the film, television and media industries. The Academy will also serve as a pipeline to place these students as interns at major studios and networks, giving them an opportunity to work alongside film and television executives.

The ABFF Greenlighters Academy will begin with a two-day intensive ABFF Greenlighters Academy Boot Camp in Hollywood, CA. They will attend sessions with top corporate entertainment executives, agents, department heads, and production company owners. The speakers will describe their career trajectory, conduct “Day in the Life” seminars, and engage the students in “Ask Me Anything” roundtable discussions. In addition, the fellows will have the opportunity to visit various Hollywood offices, studio lots and/or set locations which will give them a deeper sense of what it is like to work in the business.

The participating fellows will also be eligible for internships at a major studio, network or production company. The internships will provide the on-site work experience that will inspire them to continue working towards their corporate entertainment career. The overall goal is to provide students with the information and industry access to steer their career path toward positions that can “green light” projects, creating more executives in positions to advocate for diversity in the business.

Applications for the 2017 ABFF Greenlighters Academy are closed. Subscribe to the ABFF email list for information about applying to the next session.

2017 ABFF Greenlighters Academy Executive Panelists:

Bettina Fisher, A.M.P.A.S.
Daria Overby, STARZ
Devin Griffin, NETFLIX
DeVon Franklin, FRANKLIN ENTERTAINMENT
James Lopez, WILL PACKER PRODS.
Jill Dickerson, OWN
Joey Chavez, TNT
Korin Huggins, WILL PACKER PRODS.
Lance Gross, ACTOR
Lauren Dolgen, VICE/Viceland
Mike Jackson, GET LIFTED FLIM CO
Misha Green, Co-Creator UNDERGROUND
Niija Kuykendall, WARNER BROS.
Robbie Reed, BET
Shirley Black, HBO
Solia Mitchell, FOX
Stacy Milner, LEVERAGING UP!
Tiffany Smith-Anao’I, CBS
Terrence Jenkins, AMBASSADOR
Tim Story, DIRECTOR
Traci Blackwell, CW Networks

2017 ABFF Greenlighters Academy Fellows

Te'Shone Davidson

North Carolina A&T

K. Giselle Johnson

Howard University

Allan Meade

North Carolina A&T

Chinendum Nwaigwe

Dartmouth

Maya Smith

Clark Atlanta