June 29, 2016—Today, Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment Commissioner Julie Menin announced #NominateNYC - a new initiative that will work towards bringing greater diversity to the film and entertainment industry. 

Diversity Initiative for Film and Entertainment Industry #NominateNYC

Recent reports show a lack of diversity in the film industry for women, people of color, LGBT individuals, the disabled and others, both behind the scenes and in front of the camera:

  • Women directed only 4% of the top grossing films of 2014, while people of color directed 13%
  • Women and people of color accounted for less than 10% of writers of the top grossing films in 2014
  • People of color had 13% of lead roles in the 163 top grossing films of 2014, and women had 26%
  • Only 4% of the 4,610 speaking characters in the 100 top grossing films of 2014 were lesbian, gay, bisexual, and zero were transgender.

#NominateNYC is a new initiative that will work towards bringing greater diversity to the film and entertainment industry. Until November 15, #NominateNYC invites New York City-based entertainment professionals to nominate themselves or someone they know for consideration for membership to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (The "Academy"). We encourage candidates to review the requirements and indicate qualifications for possible consideration for sponsorship within one of the Academy’s 17 branches. For the requirements within the specific branches, click the links below:

Actors | Associates | Associates (Artists' Representatives) | Casting Directors |Cinematographers | Costume Designers | Designers | Directors | Documentary | Executives |Film Editors | Makeup Artists and Hairstylists | Members-At-Large | Members-At-Large (Creative Science and Technology) | Members-At-Large (Production) | Members-At-Large (Stunt Coordinators) | Music | Producers | Public Relations | Short Films and Feature Animation | Sound | Visual Effects | Writers

#NominateNYC is also a resource for individuals interested in learning more about membership in the guilds, unions and other relevant film industry associations. See below for links to some of these organizations.

Associated Musicians of Greater New York: Local 802 AFM | Casting Society of America |Directors Guild of America | International Cinematographers Guild, Local 600 600 IATSEM |Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists: Local 798 | Motion Picture Editor's Guild | New York Women in Film and Television | Producers Guild of America | SAG-AFTRA | Writers Guild of America East


Last Chance - Apply to the Vimeo Share the Screen Fellowship!

As you all know I was awarded the Indiegogo Fellowship from the NY Media Center last month and i have been working there this whole last month and love it. They are really great! They have now partnered with Vimeo and offer a similar fellowship. You should all apply and become my desk neighbor! Deadline is Thursday April 28th! Good luck!


The Made in NY Media Center by IFP has partnered up with Vimeo for the first Share the Screen Fellowship, a unique opportunity that will award one female content creator with a 6-month incubator membership to develop their project. This scholarship is part of Vimeo's ongoing efforts to help close the gender gap that prevails in the entertainment industry, fostering equality by supporting female-led video and film projects. 


Benefits include:

  • Dedicated desk space where the awarded fellow will be able to bring her project to life
  • Exclusive amenities, including conference room, library, kitchen and editing suite
  • Invitation to private networking and industry events, the fellow will connect with all the right people
  • 25% off select Media Center workshops, seminars, conferences and classes
  • Access to leading media and industry professionals with exclusive office hours and mentorship with experts-in-residence

Projects can include anything from a film to a narrative series, and can still be in its very early stages, or nearing completion. The fellow will be celebrated at a special presentation in early May entitled, "Share the Screen Staff Picks Cinema.


Check all the details and eligibility requirements here.

APPLY HERE: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1pD_2CqPhXZc6YHmSecJK__TAhfSewMwyLyghKbyMLiw/viewform?edit_requested=true


Application Deadline: April 28th, 2016

Fellowship starts: June 1st