Filmmakers Association and Entertainment College Outreach Program Welcome First Fellows in Entertainment Law and Policy

WASHINGTON – Tea Film Association (MPA) and Entertainment Industry College Outreach Program (EICOP) today announced the opening of the first class of the MPA-EICOP Entertainment Law & Policy Fellowship Program.

This unique and prestigious annual scholarship is for high performing recent college, university graduates and law students. from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), and Other Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). The scholarship is designed to expand the portfolio and enhance opportunities for graduates from different walks of life to enter the entertainment industry.

Legal Officer 2022 William A. Davis. Davis graduated in May 2021 Howard University School of Law in Washington DC. Policy Research Fellow Ryan T. Lewis. Lewis has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Spelman College in Atlanta, which she earned with honors in May 2021.

“We are the leading global advocate for the film, television and streaming industry, representing some of the largest content creators in the world. This fellowship program reflects our commitment to expanding and diversifying the flow of talent, not only in front of and behind the camera, but also within our association,” he said. Charles Rivkin, Chairman and CEO of the Association of Cinematographers. “William and Ryan were selected based on their strong interest in implementing policy and law in the entertainment industry, outstanding academic achievement and references, and extensive community service and dynamic leadership.. MPA and our participating studios are thrilled to have both of them join us as our first MPA-EICOP Entertainment Law & Policy Fellows.”

“No matter what you study in school or what experience you have, you have opportunities and a place in the entertainment industry,” he said. Stacey Milner, president and CEO of the Entertainment Industry College Outreach Program. “These great guys are proving it and we can’t wait to see the impact they will have on the industry through this unique program.”

The MPA-EICOP Entertainment Law & Policy Fellowship is a groundbreaking one-year program. Fellows will move from the MPA’s office in Los Angeles to its global headquarters in Washington, D.C. and complete the program at one of the association’s member studios: Disney, NBCUniversal, Netflix, Paramount, Sony Pictures, or Warner Bros. The scholarship is designed to remove barriers to entry into the entertainment industry by providing financial support, paid housing and travel, and a living stipend.

“Howard University School of Law played a key role in developing my interest in Entertainment law. Various organizations I have worked with at HUSL have helped me understand the opportunities that were available in this area. Before joining Howard, I knew that wanted to work in entertainment law, but Howard helped me learn intellectual property, and for that I am extremely grateful,” said Davis. “I am thrilled to be the first Fellow of the EICOP-MPA Entertainment Law Fellow. To be honored with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet key players in the entertainment industry was extremely gratifying. I look forward to what the program has to offer during my tenure in this role.

Throughout the annual program, fellows will Gain experience alongside some of the industry’s leading senior executives on legal and government matters. In addition to in-depth hands-on exposure to various sectors of entertainment law and policy, program participants will travel to the site to studios and visit leading entertainment law firms. They will also interact with other industry professionals and peers in networking and industry functions to complement their expertise.

Fellows were vetted through a comprehensive, highly competitive process. Tea the selection committee responsible for evaluating and reviewing candidates represents managers and supervisors from the following organizations: Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association (BESLA), League of Japanese American Citizens, National Hispanic Media Coalition, National Urban League, Native American Media Alliance, U.S. House Office of Diversity and Inclusion, White House Initiative to Advance Equity in Education for Hispanics, and the White House HBCU Initiative.

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About the Film Association:

Motion Picture Association, Inc. (MPA) is a global voice and advocate for the film, home video and television industries. It works in every corner of the globe to advance the creative industry, protect its contributors’ content across all screens, protect the freedom of storytellers’ creativity and creativity, and support innovative distribution models that enhance the viewing experience for audiences around the world.

The MPA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative supports 51 educational, multicultural, and civil rights institutions, including the White House Initiative for HBCU, Southern Universities, and A&M College. The program is currently celebrating its 10th anniversary and fifth year as an EICOP partner.

Member Studios: Netflix Studios, LLC; Paramount Pictures Corporation; Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.; OOO “Universal City Studios”; Walt Disney Films; and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Charles Rivkin is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.


The EICOP College of Entertainment Outreach Program is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts and education workforce development program dedicated to educating, educating, and recruiting the best and brightest diverse student leaders from our nation’s HBCU and other institutions that dominated by minorities. careers in all aspects of the entertainment industry, media, sports, music and technology.

His signature program HBCU in Los Angeleswas launched in partnership with then President Obama White House HBCU Initiative. Since its launch, the MPA has served as an important partner in ensuring that HBCU law students have access to this important diversity initiative. MPA and its six-member studios are existing partners with EICOP and its programs.

Media contacts: Michelle Bailey; michellebailey@michellebaileymedia.com; (202) 491-4872

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