Bela Bajaria of Netflix announces $5 Million from Creative Equity to empower women in entertainment
LetsOTT Editorial Team -
Netflix Head of Global TV Bela Bajaria announced via her blog post that ahead of celebrating International Women's Day on March 8, Netflix is to invest the first $5 million of a recently announced Creative Equity Fund in content that helps empower women in different fields in the entertainment industry whether it be behind the scenes or in front of the camera. As reported by Deadline, the fund dedicates $20 million annually over the next five years to setting underrepresented communities up for success in the TV and film industries, as well as bespoke Netflix programs that will help us to identify, train and provide job placement for up-and-coming talent globally.
Only yesterday, Netflix released a video in which Janet Mock narrates the many "firsts" of women in the entertainment industry throughout history. Not only this, Netflix has also curated a special collection of content for and about women available in the International Women’s Day collection at Netflix.com/Internationalwomensday.
According to Bajaria's blog post, here are some of Netflix's initial investments that would go into supporting women around the world: -
- Collectif 50/50, a year-long, national mentorship program for aspiring women creatives of various ages and backgrounds in France, including a series of masterclasses from 30 industry leaders.
- Into the Wild, a one-year mentorship program for young female filmmakers from film schools across Germany, including a script writing camp and a final pitch at well-known German festivals including Filmfestival Munich and the Max Ophüls-Festival.
- Women in Post, a new eight-month program that builds on the Netflix and Canadian Academy Directors Program for Women, will provide mentorship and training within post-production to women creatives from across Canada.
- Narrative Short Film Incubator for Women of Color, an incubator program by the National Association of Latino Independent Producers for Latinx women and women of color to produce short film projects through dedicated funding, production support and mentorship.
Take a look at Bela Bajaria's blog post here.