Realscreen is launching the second year of its DIALOG Mentorship Program, and this year the program’s reach is expanding in its efforts to promote a more diverse and inclusive unscripted and non-fiction production industry.
The DIALOG (diversity, inclusion, accountability, learning, opportunity and growth) program is designed to align mid-level executives who are BIPOC or identify as d/Deaf, disabled or neurodivergent with senior-level mentors who will work with the mentees to guide them to access opportunities and advance their careers.
Each year, 10 executives who have applied through the Realscreen DIALOG submission portal will be selected by an advisory board to participate in the mentorship program. They will be matched (as closely as possible) with one of 10 senior-level unscripted or non-fiction content executives who have volunteered their time to the program.
An eligible applicant to this program must meet all of the following minimum eligibility criteria:
- identify as Black, Indigenous or a Person of Color (BIPOC), deaf, disabled or neurodivergent
- be currently employed at a Director level (or equivalent) or higher at an established media production, broadcast or digital media company, or have equivalent freelance experience
- have a minimum of three screen credits or commensurate experience within the unscripted entertainment community
- must be able to present a detailed plan of their goals and aspirations in the industry, with all goals directly related to the unscripted or non-fiction genre
Benefits include individualized pairings with mentors expertly positioned to provide actionable feedback on plans and objectives, mentorship as a cohort via three virtual educational workshops between May 1, 2022 and April 30, 2023 (facilitated by Realscreen), and complimentary access to all Realscreen events, including networking opportunities (virtual or live) for one year (minimum of two events: Realscreen Summit 2022 and Realscreen Summit 2023).
For more information and to apply, please visit the DIALOG information page (opens in a new tab).