June 18, 2022

Shonda Rhimes Launches New Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Programs At Netflix

Shonda Rhimes and Netflix are partnering on The Producers Inclusion Initiative and The Ladder.

These are two new and paid programs to expand opportunities for emerging creatives in TV and film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Both initiatives are a part of Rhimes’ commitment to expanding the representation of those in front of and behind the camera and they are also underwritten in part by Netflix’s Fund for Creative Equity.

According to a post from Netflix back in February, “the Fund has already committed $14.5 million toward programs that help identify, train and provide work placements around the world.”

The Ladder will provide opportunities for underserved communities looking to gain the kind of on-set experience and training that’s key to success in the film and TV business.

Launching in the U.K. with content that Shondaland currently has in production, participants will receive on-the-job training with roles in departments such as production, locations, assistant directors, costume, sound and stunts.

Like the Inclusion Initiative, the Ladder participants will be paid during their time in the program and eligible for job consideration on Shondaland and on Netflix projects.

In a statement, Sara Fischer, Shondaland’s head of production, said: “At our core, Shondaland is a company dedicated to championing opportunities for underrepresented communities both on and off the screen.

“We have made incredible strides with ensuring women are represented in our productions and I’m excited to expand our efforts and see real results with all marginalized groups.

“Our partnership with Netflix has allowed us to create these two new incredible programs that have already led to palpable changes in our industry. I am extremely proud to be a part of history as we look forward to greater representation on set.”

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Abbianca Makoni

Abbianca Makoni is a content executive and writer at POCIT! She has years of experience reporting on critical issues affecting diverse communities around the globe.