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Program Description

The Entertainment Industry Training Program is a program for youth and young adults (16-25 years old). EITP was a successful pilot project created by independent producer Dorez Douglas and co-sponsored by DreamWorks, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Concerned Citizens of South Central Los Angeles in August 1997. The purpose of the program is to teach students about jobs behind the scenes in the entertainment industry. Intensive, hands-on workshops cover such positions as writing, directing, producing, camera, sound, production design, art directing, hair, makeup, wardrobe, props, music etc. In the process, young people learn the correlation between education and employment that is personally and financially rewarding.

EITP has been featured on CNN, CBS, KFWB, KABC and articles have appeared in The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, The Los Angeles Times, Rap Pages Magazine, The Los Angeles Sentinel and The Wave newspapers. Various forms of support have come from Sony Pictures Entertainment, DreamWorks, Miramax, New Line Cinema, NBC-TV, ABC-TV, Foresight Entertainment, The 339 Company, Spelling Entertainment and Columbia/Tri-Star


Students are selected to participate in EITP based on attitude, school/work performance, recommendations and a personal interview. A parent or guardian must attend the interview with the candidate. Classes are held twice a week, two hours per day. The Program Director and a committee of volunteers select two projects. The class makes the final decision. Students are responsible for the entire project from development to post-production, working under the supervision of entertainment industry professionals. The workshops are conducted during a four-month session, which culminates in a graduation ceremony and screening of the project. Students are given a credit, completion certificate and a videotaped copy of their work.


It has been determined by the FBI, various youth organizations and the group, “Fight Crime: Invest In Kids,” that the most violent hour of the day (particularly for juvenile offenders) begins after school and ends just as parents are arriving home from work. In other words, the hours between 2-8p.m. on school days. A study was released just last year (2000) in which it was determined that young people today have less supervision and fewer constructive activities to occupy them than earlier generations, because many communities have cut back on after-school recreation - such as music, drama and sports. One study in 1997, conducted by James Alan Fox, Dean of Northeastern University's College of Criminal Justice stated that “kids are bored, they are idle and have too much time on their hands to kill.” According to statistics from local community organizations, approximately 55% of young people in South Central Los Angeles are between the ages of 0-18 years old. Over 30% of high-school students in Los Angeles are dropping out before they graduate. Less than 25% of high school graduates move on to college. Of those who graduate from college, fewer than 20% are able to find decent employment.

It has been determined by the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. that production employment has grown by an astounding 40% and payroll has escalated by 70%. In a report released in the late 1990's, former Governor Pete Wilson announced that “the reach of production goes beyond those individuals directly employed in the entertainment industry, as making movies, television programs and commercials effect is staggering.” He stated that the billions of dollars (over $7 billion) injected into the economy by studios and production companies have created unparalleled economic development and opportunity. In addition, he said, “This means more jobs with higher pay and better benefits, securing the future of tens of thousands of California families.” However, those well-paid jobs will not go to those who are unskilled in the technical arena. EITP provides that training.

While the focus of EITP is on jobs in the entertainment industry, the training and life skills being taught in the program will help young people to succeed in any field. Fortunately, many of the positions in the entertainment business do not require a college degree. However, most of our youth & young adults are unaware of these jobs. In addition, subjects such as art, home economics, sewing, music and creative writing have been taken out of the standard school curriculum. These are skills that could lead to a great number of positions in the industry (i.e. screenplay writing, art directing, set designing, animation, wardrobe, catering and music composing to name a few). EITP will revive an interest in these crafts among teenagers and provide them with an opportunity to become productive and employable citizens.


Students will learn and command valuable job-readiness skills.
Participants will learn about career opportunities in the entertainment industry.

Students will be taught problem-solving techniques.

Young people will learn how to work with others in a spirit of cooperation and compromise.

Students will learn to express their feelings and thoughts creatively and constructively.

EITP will focus on and enhance the special talents of participants.

Industry professionals will be afforded an opportunity to give back to
the very community who, in part, supports their industry.

Please write to Jason Wittman, the Executive Director with your comments and questions.

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