The Entertainment Industry Foundation partnered with Crewvie, a global hiring platform for entertainment professionals, to establish the EIF Careers Program. Its goal is to increase the number of underrepresented candidates in entry-level film and television production jobs, with future efforts set to include entry-level corporate and administrative roles.
“We are in a unique position to support entry-level talent in building a solid foundation for a long career in entertainment, and we are excited to provide a solution that supports increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the industry,” EIF CEO and president Nicole Sexton said.
The EIF Careers Program is supported by funding from The James Irvine Foundation, an employer steering committee guides the program, which includes executives from Disney General Entertainment, NBC Universal, Sony Pictures Entertainment and WarnerMedia. It was created by an all-female team from both entertainment and technology.
“Our goal is to give more people access to our industry, while helping productions create teams that are more reflective of the communities in which they serve,” Crewvie co-founder Jeanette Volturno said. “We are excited and thrilled to partner with the EIF Careers Program in leveraging our technology and network to open these doors.”
In addition to entry assistance, the EIF Careers Program aims to enhance wraparound support and build long-term pathways for candidates in order to lay a foundation for a sustainable career in Hollywood. The program is about more than just training; it also provides access to resources and professional networks that they may not have readily available.
In the same spirit, the Best Buy Foundation and its Teen Tech Center program has partnered with the EIF Careers Program to expand access at the youth level. The initiative will forge pathways for Los Angeles youth to best prepare them to enter the workforce and pursue an entertainment industry career.