Industry Insider: May 2021

Emma Bowen Foundation Jeana Stanley Endowment

Emma Bowen Foundation LogoHearst and the Emma Bowen Foundation (EBF) announced the establishment of the Jeana Stanley Endowment to provide need-based scholarships and internship opportunities within the media industry to minority students. The endowment was created in memory of the Hearst Vice President of Finance who passed away in June 2020. The endowment is designed to assist finance students from diverse backgrounds seeking internships and career opportunities in media. In addition to accessing need-based scholarships, students will receive industry-specific education and training and internship opportunities at Hearst and other media-related companies. Stanley was an ardent supporter of the EBF who consistently participated in their events. As a partner of EBF for more than 10 years Hearst has hired more than 30 EBF alumni. The Endowment will reflect Jeana’s legacy and her passion for helping professionals advance in their careers by raising awareness and increasing access to finance and accounting careers in media for students of color.


NAMIC 27th Annual Vision Awards

NAMIC Vision AwardsHBO and HBO Max led all winners for NAMIC’s 27th annual Vision Awards for the fifth consecutive year for its programs: Lovecraft Country; The Shop: Uninterrupted; HA Festival: The Art of Comedy; Insecure; and a best performance award for Insecure’s Issa Rae. CNN followed with three awards, while NBC News and Lifetime both picked up two Vision Awards. These awards honor programming that reflects the lives, spirit, and contributions of people of color that mirror the diverse composition of the viewing audience. Presented through an online format, winning programs are showcased on the 2021 NAMIC Vision Awards Winners Gallery at


WICT #BeyondTheHashtag

Beyond the HashtagWICT’s the Beyond the Hashtag series was established at the WICT Leadership Conference in the wake of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. The #BeyondTheHashtag Series seeks to present real-world solutions by moving workplaces from dialog to action in an effort to build inclusive and equitable workplace cultures that end bias, bigotry and prejudice. Through support from the Walter Kaitz Foundation the series is now a regular offering to WICT members with at least two sessions annually led by subject matter experts: specifically, one during the WICT Leadership Conference and one online webinar. Additionally, Cox Communications has signed on as the Exclusive Platinum Sponsor of the series.

“At the Walter Kaitz Foundation we are proud to support WICT and collaborate with Cox on this important initiative. We believe that the conversations it fosters will lead to necessary but lasting change,” said Michelle Ray, Executive Director, The WKF.

LA Skins Fest

LA Skins Fest Call for SubmissionsEntries are now being accepted for the 15th Annual LA SKINS FEST presented by Comcast NBCUniversal. The film festival is a showcase for new Indigenous films from Native American filmmakers throughout North, Central and South America, and includes the 9th Writers Pitch Fest, and the 9th Annual Native Media Awards Celebration.

The LA SKINS FEST celebrates filmmakers whose original works are distinguished and offer a new voice in cinema. Awards will be given in the following categories: Achievement in Narrative Filmmaking, Documentary, Narrative Short, Documentary Short, Animation, Writer, Director, Actor, Actress and Audience Award.

The festival takes place November 16th – 21st, 2021 in Hollywood, CA.  It opens at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and continues at the historic TCL Chinese Theater.

Qualified filmmakers may submit their entries through

Deadlines to submit are:

Regular Deadline June 1st, 2021

Late Deadline July 1st, 2021

Final Deadline August 1st, 2021