HBO is Looking for Aspiring Producers

NEW YORK - JULY 16: The Home Box office headquarters in New York, NY on July 16, 2017. Home Box Office is an American premium cable and satellite television network. - Image (Katherine Welles /

Led by Effie Brown and Ron Simons, the IFP-Blackhouse Multicultural Producers Lab is looking to support aspiring producers and projects.

If you are a multicultural producer who needs help, tools, support, and access to influencers to grow in the film and TV industry, then this Lab is for you. The Blackhouse Foundation, a leading organization is focused on expanding opportunities for black multi-platform content creators and has partnered with the Independent Filmmaker Project to create a year-long program for film, TV, and digital media projects.

Sponsored by the HBO Corporate Social Responsibility Department, fellows of the program will participate in intensive workshops at the “Made in NY” Media Center by IFP in New York and at HBO headquarters in Los Angeles, leading to IFP Week 2019.

According to The Blackhouse Foundation, here are a few details about the program for this first year:

A cohort of seven (7) producers of innovative fiction and nonfiction projects (film, television, and digital media) were selected by IFP, Blackhouse, and HBO. These Fellows will participate in this year-long, collaborative program to expand the number of multicultural production companies; to increase their pipeline of content; and to support the sustainability of mid-career independent producers and the scale at which their projects and businesses operate. The first cohort of participating producers are all women, signaling all of the partner organizations’ focus on supporting female filmmakers.

While the fellows for the first year have been chosen, starting in 2020, it will be open to everyone with submissions opening in Fall 2019.

Stay tuned for updates.

Read more about the program at The Blackhouse Foundation here. If this seems like a program that you could benefit from, stay tuned for what you need to know to apply for year two!