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