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Executive Elevation Mentorship Program

Inspired by the experiences of established entertainment industry leaders, Cheri Barner and Anthony Paul, the Executive Elevation Mentorship Program aims to diversify the landscape of the television's top decision makers. Fellows will be paired with top television, new media and digital executives of color in hopes of moving their projects - and careers- forward.

As part of our mission, SeriesFest will curate a dedicated group of mentors and mentees to spark change in the landscape of the tv/film/media industry at the leadership level. The TV & film industry is making strides towards diversity and inclusion for filmmakers and on-camera talent, but what about the decision makers at the executive level?

The Program

SeriesFest will curate a group of 5-8 applicants for mentors to evaluate and interview. Each mentor will select their winning fellow to meet virtually during SeriesFest: Season 6 in June 2020. Mentors will advise & counsel their fellow for a minimum of 6 months.

Mentors & mentees will kick off their 6 month mentorship with a virtual meeting during SeriesFest: Season 6 (June 18-24, 2020) followed by at least one meeting per month for the duration of the mentorship. Mentors will advise mentees on various aspects of their career - workshop resumes, provide counsel on career choices and help create networking and/or internship opportunities.

Mentee Eligibility

Mentees for the Executive Elevation Mentorship Program must be people of color, at least 21 years old and interested in furthering their career in the TV/ film/media industry or looking for a career change. Applicants can be students or working professionals. 6-8 mentees will be selected by SeriesFest and an established entertainment executive mentor for a one-on-one mentorship for a duration of at least 6 months starting in June 2020.

Application Materials

  • Completed application form
  • Resume
  • Cover letter explaining why you want to participate in the program
  • Samples of work, if applicable


  • May 6th: Earlybird Deadline
  • May 20th: Regular Deadline
  • May 27th: Final Deadline

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