Realscreen is unveiling the 10 mentees who will taking part in the inaugural edition of its DIALOG mentorship program, designed to align mid-level BIPOC execs with senior-level mentors who will work to guide them in gaining access to opportunities and advancing their careers.
The 10 participants this year applied through the Realscreen DIALOG submission portal and were selected by the DIALOG advisory board and mentors to participate in the mentorship program. They are being paired with one of 10 senior-level unscripted or non-fiction content executives who have volunteered their time to the program.
The mentorship component is one tier of Realscreen‘s DIALOG initiative, a multi-year, multi-faceted program designed to make meaningful and lasting change in the area of racial and ethnic diversity across the international non-fiction and unscripted landscape.
DIALOG is an acronym for diversity, inclusion, accountability, learning, opportunity and growth. In addition to the mentorship component, the effort will offer a broad, free-access, industry-wide program to educate and encourage organizations in the unscripted entertainment industry on how to dismantle institutional legacies that limit access and promotion to professionals who are Black, Indigenous and people of color, with a focus on middle-management.
A+E Networks has signed on as the founding patron sponsor of the initiative, and Discovery Inc. is on board as a founding partner. Both companies are committed to a three year term, signalling their commitment to the endeavor.
The 10 mentees for this year’s edition of the DIALOG Mentorship Program are: