Tag: Episodic


Nielsen VP Charlene Polite Corley on “The Download”

Join us for a conversation about diversity and representation in the TV industry with Charlene Polite Corley, VP of Diverse Insights & Partnerships at Nielsen.


You don’t want to miss thisvirtual FREE, LIVE insiderconversation and the opportunity to discuss the findings of the latest Nielsen report on diversity and how it impacts and informs representation in Hollywood!


On Mon. December 20th at 7:30PM ET, Charlene Polite Corley, Vice President, Diverse Insights & Partnerships at Nielsen will discuss her role as VP of Diverse Insights and Partnerships at Nielsen, the findings of the latest Nielsen diversity report and how it directly impacts Black screenwriters in the film and TV industry.


Charlene is passionate about representation in media. As a part of the Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Team, Charlene is responsible for thought leadership and research development leveraging Nielsen data that enables the perspectives, needs and value of historically excluded groups to be more fully understood. In her current role, Charlene also collaborates with media industry and advocacy organizations to drive equity and awareness for diverse communities.


Ron McCants(BTFC Board Member, Co-Founder of The Parity Project) will be moderating this conversation. Ron holds his MFA and is a TV writer, award-winning playwright and WGA member who has written for Speechless. His plays have been produced in Los Angeles, New York and London.


Ron was a writer for the Disney/ABC Writing Program and a recipient of multiple playwriting awards and the Fred Rogers Memorial Scholarship for children’s television. He was most recently a staff writer on Chicago Fire, has written a music video for Nas and worked on Marvel’s Falcon and Winter Soldier. Ron is a Board Member of the Black TV & Film Collective. He also co-founder The Parity Project, an organization aimed at improving the career outcomes of marginalized writers through data.


This discussion will also include a roundtable featuring BTFC members, Laura Fielder (Screenwriter, BTFC Co-Founder and Board Member), Monique Hazeur (BTFC Producers Fellow, “I Won the Lottery”), April Guscott (BTFC Member, Screenwriter), and Dafina Roberts (BTFC Member, Writer) and providing them with an opportunity to ask our guest pressing questions.


This is your opportunity to educate yourself on what the present data says about the future of Hollywood and diversity in the entertainment industry!


Interested in becoming a member? Visit www.blacktvfilmcollective.org/join


How to Make Your Sundance Episodic Lab App More Competitive

Do you have an original pilot, or idea for a series? Thinking about or planning to apply to the Sundance Institute’s Episodic Lab? Then join the Black TV & Film Collective and the Parity Project for a virtual conversation with Iz Rubenstein, screenwriter and the Manager of the Episodic Program at the Sundance Institute to chop it up about this great program, application dos and don’ts, career strategy and more.

About the Sundance Episodic Lab

Offering one of the few training grounds for independent voices to develop an original series and pilot script, the Sundance Institute Episodic Program provides artists with the tools, training, and industry access to move their projects and careers forward.

Launched in 2014, the Sundance Episodic Program is an entry point and sustaining force for emerging episodic writers and creators across all platforms. Through a rigorous lab experience and customized year-round support, the program provides artists with the tools, training, and industry access to move their careers forward. The Episodic Program supports one unified Episodic Lab with two unique tracks, the Episodic Lab: Pilot to Series and Episodic Lab: Idea to Pilot. Our series track centers around revising a pilot and refining a professional pitch, while our idea track focuses on taking a concept from the early stages of development all the way through to a polished draft.
 Both programs are immersive two-part experiences that begin in the fall, offering writers an opportunity to workshop an original pilot to develop their writing and pitching skills. Working with accomplished showrunners, producers, and executives, the fellows participate in creative workshops, receive feedback on their projects, and engage in simulated writers’ rooms to break story in a collaborative space. 
Fellows reconvene in the spring to receive feedback on revised drafts, work on their pitch process, and meet with creative executives and producers to discuss the industry landscape.

About The Parity Project

The Parity Project advocates for fair economic and narrative inclusion and equity of black artists, executives and representatives in television and film.

We are fighting to ensure that all black entertainment professionals, including writers, directors, actors, cinematographers, editors, executives, producers and representatives, reach parity in the market that’s on par with our population in the United States through: career mentorship,  collaboration, accountability, networking, equal and fair representation, training and education.

About the Black TV & Film Collective

The Black TV & Film Collective is a 501c3 development and production hub with a simple mission: to create career advancing opportunities for Black and African Descent artists to achieve financial sustainability within the entertainment industry.

We provide critical production support enabling members to build a strong body of work, supplemented by workshops and labs focused on craft development and networking events to foster relationship building.

There is power in numbers and together there is unlimited potential in what we can achieve.

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