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Propelle initiative unveils mentors and program plans for 2021

The Propelle Accelerator Program, launched in partnership between Abby Greensfelder’s Everywoman Studios and Realscreen, is moving into 2021 with a call of submissions and a new roster of industry-leading mentors. With ...
February 4, 2021

The Propelle Accelerator Program, launched in partnership between Abby Greensfelder’s Everywoman Studios and Realscreen, is moving into 2021 with a call of submissions and a new roster of industry-leading mentors.

With the Propelle Accelerator Program, female creators gain access to an established production company and a network of industry contacts, while learning how to develop ideas so that they are pitch-ready and sellable. Organizers say the goal is to bring more female creators into the non-fiction ecosystem and have more diverse voices making content.

Announced during a session at the Realscreen Summit featuring top women documentarians, this year’s Propelle mentors are: Kim Woodard (co-founder and president, Lucky 8 TV); Aisha Corpas Wynn (EP, VP of alternative programming, Macro TV Studios); Raeshem Nijhon (founder and EP, Culture House); and Sharon Levy (chief content officer, Endemol Shine North America).

“We have a responsibility to address gender inequity in our industry and we are thrilled that the Propelle Accelerator is giving emerging and established female creators a real pathway to get their projects made,” said Claire Macdonald, VP and publisher of Realscreen in a statement. “The quality of the work and the enthusiasm of the mentors has been enlightening and encouraging.”

“Propelle has grown from a pilot project into an annual initiative that is directly impacting gender inequality in the industry,” said Abby Greensfelder (pictured), CEO of Everywoman Studios. “The response from the industry has been tremendous, from the mentors and the networks and studios, to the creators submitting their work.”

For more information on the program and how to apply, click here.

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