The AICP announced today that Tamika Lamison has joined the Commercial Directors Diversity Program (CDDP) as Program Director. In her new position, Ms. Lamison will oversee the CDDP as it expands its mission to introduce women and other historically underrepresented groups of people to the commercial industry.
The CDDP’s mission is to foster awareness and increase directing opportunities for women and other historically underrepresented groups of people through a targeted program of outreach, mentorship and exposure. The program – which will last three months – works to pair unsigned directors with AICP member production companies. Ms. Lamison will oversee CDDP’s expansion as a program that includes not only showcases of unsigned directors’ work, but also workshops specific to the intricacies of the ad world, as well as mentoring and networking. In addition to working with directors to become familiar with the commercial production process, a grant to complete a spec spot will be offered.
The program is now accepting applications. For information visit this link
Ms. Lamison joins CDDP from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, where she was a research consultant. She is also the founder of the non-profit Make A Film Foundation, which grants seriously ill children film-based wishes.
Created during contract talks between the AICP and the Directors Guild of America (DGA), the CDDP reflects the commitment of both organizations to increase the representation of underrepresented groups in the commercial directing ranks.