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Executive Elevation Mentorship

The Executive Elevation Mentorship aims to diversify the landscape of 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.

For the second cycle of the Executive Elevation Mentorship, SeriesFest aims to curate a group of 6-8 mentors with a special focus on Creative Industry Leaders such as Showrunners, Directors, Writers and Executives. Mentees will be matched with established leaders of color for a mentorship around the creative authority and responsibility for a television program's success.

Cycle Two Mentors include: Aaliyah Williams (Producer & Founder of Just A Rebel Productions), Bola Fapohunda, (Director of Development at Blue Marble Pictures), Diallo Riddle (Showrunner of IFC’s "Sherman’s Showcase"), Erich C. Smith (Talent Agent), Ming Lee Howell (Emmy-nominated Executive Producer) and Eric Upshur (Executive Producer).

How It Works:

Over six months, mentees and mentors meet at least once (virtually) per month for mentors to advise mentees on various aspects of their career - workshop resumes, provide counsel on career choices and help create networking and / or internship opportunities.

Additionally, the mentees, in addition to the mentors, will also be flown out to Denver, CO for SeriesFest: Season 7, and to meet their mentors in person in June 2021.

Application Materials

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


  • Regular Deadline: January 21, 2021
    • Standard Fee: $25
    • Student Fee: $20
  • Regular Deadline: February 26, 2021
    • Standard Fee: $30
    • Student Fee: $25


    To apply, please answer the questions below.

    Are you a student?

    How many years of professional work experience do you have?

    What area of the entertainment industry are you interested in?

    What are your hopes for your career path?

    Describe your experience with film, tv and / or the entertainment industry and how this opportunity will help you further your career goals.

    Links to work you'd like to share (if applicable)

    Please Upload Your Resume


    Cost: $25

    For questions about this transaction or the class, please email lauren@seriesfest.com.

    Need more info?

    Email Seriesfest
Learn more about last year's seven incredible mentees: https://seriesfest.com/blog/meet-the-7-mentees-of-the-seriesfest-executive-elevation-mentorship-program