September 13, 2019
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AICP National Board Elections and Membership Meetings in New York and Los Angeles
The AICP is Fully Committed to a More Sustainable Future
2019 CDDP Program Fellows Debut Spec Spots at Gala Showcase in Los Angeles
Truths About Shooting Overseas
Join Us as the AICP Awards Visit San Francisco, Minneapolis, Dallas, Chicago and Atlanta!
You Can Do More Than Say "Thank You For Your Service" to a Veteran. You Can Put Veterans to Work on Your Next Shoot
New Research from Catch&Release: "Sourced" Content is the Creative Medium of the Future!
SAG-AFTRA Will Host Commercial Contract Events in New York and Los Angeles
Cal/OSHA Emergency Regulation to Protect Outdoor Workers from Wildfire Smoke in Effect
AICP Members Save 25% Off Admission to 2019 New York Film Conference!
The Final AICP Production Training Seminar of 2019 Will Be Held Next Weekend in New York
Save the Dates: Camp Kuleshov Celebrations Will Be Held Locally in October!
AICP Membership Continues to Grow

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September 17th, 2019 - Labor Roundtable in Los Angeles

September 18th, 2019 - AICP Next Awards in Dallas

September 19th, 2019 - Post Production Roundtable in Los Angeles

September 19th, 2019 - AICP Show in Atlanta

September 21st & 22nd, 2019 - AICP Production Training Seminar in New York

September 24th, 2019 - Business Affairs Roundtable in Los Angeles

September 26th, 2019 - AICP Show in Minneapolis

October 2nd, 2019 - Labor Roundtable in New York

October 7th, 2019 - AICP Next Awards in San Francisco

October 10th, 2019 - AICP/West Members Meeting

October 15th, 2019 - Labor Roundtable in Los Angeles

October 16th, 2019 - AICP East Members Meeting


2019 CDDP Program Fellows Debut Spec Spots at Gala Showcase in Los Angeles

The Commercial Directors Diversity Program’s Industry (CDDP) Showcase debuted last night in Los Angeles at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Theater. The Showcase features spec spots directed by the five fellows for this second cycle of the CDDP program. The directors are: Sofia Garza-Barba; Vanessa Black; Christopher Nataanii Cegielski; Dominique DeLeon; and Jane Qian. Each of their spec pieces can be found at

The CDDP Class of 2019 From Left to Right: Sofia Garza-Barba, Jane Qian, CDDP Program Director Tamika Lamison, Dominique DeLeon, Vanessa Black, Christopher N. Cegeilski, AICP President & CEO Matt Miller. In Front: CDDP Advisory Committee Head Lisa Rich

CDDP is a joint effort between the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP) and the Directors Guild of America (DGA). It reflects the commitment of both organizations to effect change and increase the representation of women and directors specializing in commercials and marketing communications. Led by Program Director Tamika Lamison, the CDDP offers a six-month program consisting of workshops, mentorships, networking, shadowing, a grant to make a spec commercial, and an industry showcase to share the work. The goal of the program is to introduce directors to the commercial industry in the hopes that they will sign with AICP member companies and eventually join the DGA.  For this cycle, the mentoring production companies – which also helped facilitate the creation of each director’s spec piece – were: Hungry Man, Knucklehead, REVERIE, SMUGGLER, and Spears & Arrows. Saatchi & Saatchi generously worked with the directors on crafting scripts and providing valuable creative insight.

In addition to the spec pieces, the Showcase featured a panel discussion comprised of the fellows, and moderated by Kim Nguyen, a director with Bob Industries, and a member of the CDDP Advisory Committee. 

Since launching with a stand-alone showcase in 2017, seven directors from the CDDP program have been signed to production companies. They are: Elle Ginter, Sonia Malfa, Maya Albanese, Kryzz Gautier, Gabrielle Paciorek, Tamika Miller and Erica Eng.  Information about future program cycles will be available at:

More photos from the evening can be found below.*
*All Photos Courtesy of Mustafa Sankofa

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