Howard University and Amazon Studios will launch Howard Entertainment, a program that will create a pipeline for Black and other marginalized students to study and train with entertainment executives.
Set to launch in January, the program will combine hands-on experience with opportunities to network with Amazon’s industry partners.
Howard University President Wayne A. I. Frederick said in a statement, “The vision of Howard Entertainment is to offer a one-of-a-kind experience for students interested in all aspects of entertainment, from project greenlighting, to PR and marketing, to entertainment law and finance.”
“This relationship aligns with Howard’s strategic goals of enhancing academic excellence and inspiring new knowledge. Collaborating with Amazon Studios will enable us to marry academia and industry efforts to build a robust workforce of diverse entertainment industry leaders. With Howard’s proven track record of developing some of Hollywood’s most notable actors, comedians and musicians, this next level collaboration will enable us to have even greater impact.”
The program will be an immersive two-semester experience in Los Angeles that will allow students to participate in a fellowship while taking academic courses in the spring.
Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios, called the program an opportunity to “help us make the best decisions in all aspects of the business.”
“Amazon Studios has been working to create new pathways into the industry for talented students of all backgrounds and we are proud to team with Howard on this new program supporting aspiring entertainment leaders. As we strive to delight our Prime Video customers, we’re ensuring there are diverse perspectives and experiences around the table to help us make the best decisions in all aspects of the business.”