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Efforts made by Joye Chin, an executive producer on The Real Housewives of Atlanta who runs production company Truly Original's Atlanta office, to give Black and minority trainees an opportunity to work on RHOA over the past several years will soon become a formalized producer training program.
According to Deadline, the new program will be paid and allow candidates the chance to work hands-on to gain production experience beyond a traditional internship program. It's set to launch in 2021 for Season 14 of RHOA.
The program will hire one trainee per season and give that person the opportunity to be paired with a story producer to mentor them. "What’s so impactful about what we’re now doing is that it’s not a traditional ‘internship’ program; to my mind, those jobs don’t typically offer the critical access to the inner circle of influence, which is what really helps people rise in this industry," Chin said, adding her hopes to expand this program in the future. “Hopefully soon we can do it on other shows we shoot out of Atlanta. Our hope is also to expand this beyond producers and include other key production positions like editors and directors."
Chin will oversee the candidates from her alma mater, Clark Atlanta University, as well as candidates she meets through other experiences.
Chin explained to Deadline, “It’s that combination — access and mentorship — that has eluded Black people in the entertainment business for so long. That’s what our program is designed to address. We’re offering a recipe for real-world, pragmatic opportunity — the rest is up to the trainees. We hope to find some amazing people who can become part of the next generation of unscripted.”
The new program and Chin's work is feeling the love and getting support from RHOA cast members Porsha Williams and Cynthia Bailey. "Congratulations Joye Chin!! A true boss and mover [and] shaker! Inspired. Creating opportunities up for our people has to be a priority... Thank you Joye for leading the way!! #BeTheChange #BlackLivesMatter," Porsha wrote on Instagram.
Cynthia commented on Instagram, "This is dope!"
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