The Black TV & Film Collective is working to reverse systemic racism in Hollywood

November
17,
2021

The Black TV & Film Collective (BTFC), a non-profit development and production center among black and African artists, is excited to announce a historic merger with The Parity Project, a data-driven organization dedicated to creating financial and narrative equity. for African-American professional writers in the television industry.

Artists of black and African descent are systematically excluded from the American film and television industry, with very negative effects on the sector as a whole and on society as a whole. A recent McKinsey report shows that black creators are routinely excluded from the roles of creator, producer, director, and author; and because black content is consistently undervalued, underdeveloped, and underfunded, the industry loses at least $ 10 billion annually. For more than 8 years, both organizations have worked tirelessly to resist this long-term trend by providing production and career support, mentoring and networking to their members. The services provided by both organizations are designed to ensure that black and African artists can create financially sustainable careers in television, film and digital entertainment. In the future, both organizations are excited to increase their impact as a combined organization.

In 2020, Collective launched the Black Producers Fellowship. Through the grant, six rising black producers each received $ 25,000 in production funding, $ 25,000 in-kind production equipment, and additional consulting services from producers to complete the short film project. The Parity Project began developing a unique mentoring program for black TV writers called Every One Teach One. The program focused on bringing together established black show runners and rising black writers through a mentoring program.

The combined organization will retain the Black TV & Film Collective (BTFC) name and allow resources to be expanded to its combined membership. This reinforces the goal of becoming a hub for the development of black content producers in all its forms. This merger will unveil a founding advisory board with a wealth of heavyweights in the industry, including veteran producer Cassian Elwes, Tanzanian and American screenwriter / director Ekwa Musangi, showrunner / producer Ben Watkins, comedian / activist Aida Rodriguez, Brown’s CEO Illustrae. / Director / Producer Peter Ramsey, Showrunner / Producer / Screenwriter / Author Jeff Melvoin and HBO Uncertain Producer Deniese Davis, e.g. This announcement will also launch a strategic fundraiser to raise $ 1 million to fund future plans, including hiring a full-time executive director, increasing capacity, launching new grants in the areas of post-production editing and animation, and expanding their content. training centers that include a showrunner school and digital, on-demand training courses on key production concepts available worldwide.

Our main takeaway? The two black-led organizations merge into a power plant designed to reverse Hollywood’s systemic racism problem. Their goal is to raise $ 1 million for capacity building and new vital programs.

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