GEI’s success is made possible by an expansive network of more than 250 industry partners, who collaborate with GEI in the following ways:
Hire GEI Production Assistants for on-set film, television and commercial production in various departments.
Hire GEI participants for a variety of paid internship and corporate and creative entry-level opportunities including communications, development, finance, HR, legal, marketing, post-production, etc.
Provide educational training opportunities for GEI participants including company site visits, informational sessions, panel discussions, professional development and soft skills training, creative portfolio development, and on-set production training. GEI works closely with the company to curate a successful and informative training for participants. Scroll down to learn more about some of GEI’s educational experiences.
Click here to view a list of our current company partners.
In addition to doing open calls for GEI participants interested in on-set opportunities, GEI works closely with various community-based pipeline organizations and local colleges to identify participants that are interested in the entertainment industry. In Los Angeles alone, GEI has partnered with over 35 pipeline organizations and is growing that number across the country and globally.
Click here to see a list of our current pipeline organizations.
Disney’s Creative Talent Development & Inclusion is pleased to sponsor Group Effort Initiative. For the past three seasons, GEI (and its prior iteration, Evolve Entertainment Fund) has sourced great talent for our Disney PA Program, a pipeline that provides production assistants opportunities on our Disney series. We value our partnership with GEI and look forward to continued collaboration!
—Disney’s Creative Talent Development + Inclusion
The partnership between Columbia College Hollywood and GEI has been an unbelievable gift for our students who want to break into the entertainment and creative industries. GEI has provided tools and opportunities that have far surpassed expectations which has helped launch our students careers and changed their lives in ways that they never could have dreamed possible. GEI has opened the doors for internships at top tier companies of which many have turned into permanent entry level positions, jump-starting our students’ entertainment industry journey.
Senior Director of Career Development at Columbia College Hollywood
The 23 campuses of the Calstate system are honored and grateful to be partnering with GEI to provide entertainment employment and training opportunities for our diverse talent and future storytellers. Our students are hardworking, humble, and eager for a chance to prove themselves. These programs are a vital part of the critical effort to actually do the work, which goes way beyond paying lip service to the need for a diverse and inclusive entertainment workforce.
Creative Operations & Program Manager at The CSU Entertainment Alliance
We are very grateful for our partnership with the Group Effort Initiative. GEI is one of our most trusted partners to resource tenacious, passionate & diverse voices for our internship program. It is with their help that we can build teams that tell stories that represent the rich and vibrant world in which we live.
COO at Done+Dusted
GEI has been instrumental in growing our company into a strong, multifaceted and vital entity in Hollywood. Their teams work tirelessly to place and support talented young film professionals, and we’ve had the privilege of working with dozens of smart and ambitious employees through their programs. As a company committed to fresh approaches and a diverse workplace, GEI has been an essential partner helping us achieve our goals.
President at Narrator Inc.
GEI’s educational experiences would not be possible without our strong company and pipeline organization partners. Below is a list of all of the educational experiences that GEI has hosted since 2018. Virtual events are open to all participants in the United States and Canada.
In 2024, GEI plans to host in-person events in Los Angeles, Atlanta and NYC. As we continue to grow we aim to expand our in-person event offerings. Please visit our Events page to learn more.
GEI x FilmNation Mock Interview Session
GEI co-hosted a virtual mock interview session with FilmNation. Attendees were put into groups and received constructive feedback from FilmNation reps to improve their interview skills for internships and entry-level roles.
Sony Pictures Television - Nonfiction Intellectual Property Corporation (IPC) LA Event
GEI co-hosted an in-person event with the Sony Pictures Television – Nonfiction (SPTN) Intellectual Property Corporation (IPC) team at their Los Angeles offices. Speakers shared their experiences working in nonfiction entertainment, including their career journeys and their day-to-day responsibilities at their respective companies. Following the panel, attendees participated in a professional development workshop and group networking sessions with representatives from the company.
CSUEA Info Session & Resume Workshop
GEI hosted an informational session and professional development workshop on launching a career in the entertainment industry. The GEI team discussed program offerings, career opportunities, and shared best practices for enhancing one’s competitiveness as a job candidate.
Multitude Nonfiction Documentary 101
GEI co-hosted with Multitude Films for an in-person NYC event. The event opened with a panel presentation by Multitude Films’ Vice President, Anya Rous, Head of Production, Sweta Vohra, and Producer, Colleen Cassingham. Panelists shared Multitude’s origin story and approach as a production company and spoke about their roles on the team. Next, they shared examples of productions Multitude has worked on, touching on the production process from development to distribution, and showed trailers/film clips.
NRDC Climate Change Storytelling Event
GEI co-hosted with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and its Rewrite the Future Program for an in-person NYC event. NRDC gave a Climate Storytelling 101 presentation, provided workshops/interactive breakdowns, and had an audience Q&A.
3-Year Anniversary Celebration & Networking Event
Group Effort Initiative (GEI) commemorated the program’s third anniversary by hosting a reception to express gratitude to participants, mentors, and industry partners for their invaluable contributions to GEI’s success. This event provided an opportunity for the GEI community and collaborators to come together in person and celebrate the program’s achievements and build connections.
NPACT Unscripted and Professional Development Event
NPACT provided insight on the unscripted industry as well as soft skills training to be successful in the entertainment workforce.
Disney Entertainment Television Virtual PA Professional Development Workshop
Disney Entertainment Television hosted a professional development workshop focusing on navigating an entertainment career as a production assistant.
Half Initiative Two-Part Camera Creative Workshop
Ryan Murphy’s Half Initiative led a two-part camera and cinematography workshop featuring speakers Joaquin Sedillo, Jihane Mrad Balaa, and Imani Nelson-Grant. Attendees worked on creative assignments and presented to the panelists for feedback.
Narrator Post-Production Event
GEI held a creative workshop with Narrator Inc., where presenters covered various aspects of post-production, including union pathways and careers in media management, producing, graphics, and editorial. Guest speakers included a Post Supervisor from Blumhouse and an Emmy-nominated editor.
GEI x AGBO Site Visit
GEI co-hosted an in-person event at the AGBO offices in Los Angeles. Attendees had the chance to hear from a panel of industry professionals and break out for peer networking opportunities.
GEI x Local 871 Script Supervisor Union Virtual Info Session
GEI & the Local 871 Script Supervisor’s union members held a seminar that included information about a scripty’s role on a production, navigating the union track, and shared their experiences working in the industry.
GEI x Anomaly NYC Site Visit
GEI co-hosted an in-person event at the Anomaly offices to learn more about the projects the creative agency develops and gain insight from a panel of Creative and Production professionals.
GEI x Sony Pictures Television - Nonfiction NYC Event
GEI co-hosted an in-person event with the Sony Pictures Television – Nonfiction (SPTN) team at their New York City offices. Speakers shared their experiences working in nonfiction entertainment, including their career journeys and their current day-to-day responsibilities at their respective companies. Following the panel, attendees participated in a professional development workshop and group networking sessions with representatives from the company.
GEI 2023 Annual Bootcamp
GEI’s Annual Bootcamp was a daylong workshop that provided targeted professional development training, company partner panels, guest speakers, and networking opportunities for our participants. Participants attended a fireside chat with actor Olly Sholotan, and heard from speakers from DreamWorks Animation, Creative Coalition of Color, AGBO, and 3 Arts Entertainment.
Netflix VFX Panel
In honor of AAPI Heritage Month, GEI co-hosted an in-person event with the Netflix VFX team at their LA offices. Speakers shared their experiences working in these departments, the growing opportunities in VFX, and early career advice for those interested in working in post-production. Attendees had the chance to network with professionals and peers after the panel.
GEI Orientation and Resume Workshop
Participants heard from the GEI team about program offerings and how to prepare for the job search process in the entertainment industry. During the resume workshop, participants learned tips and tricks on how to improve their resumes.
WME NYC Site Visit
Attendees heard from panelists at the WME Talent Agency in New York City about early career development, including how to build and leverage their network, and grow their career.
NYC Paramount Site Visit
GEI collaborated with Paramount Television Studios to host a site visit at their NYC offices. Attendees heard from a variety of professionals working in Casting, Late Night, Production, and Human Resources. After the panel, attendees participated in a speed networking activity with the panelists.
Half Initiative Production Job Readiness Workshop
In collaboration with Half Initiative, this workshop focused on how to connect with hiring managers from productions, resume shaping, interview etiquette, what the production assistant (PA) job actually entails, and how to stand out as a PA.
GEI x Lionsgate - Women Behind Wick
In honor of Women’s History Month, GEI collaborated with Lionsgate to highlight the Women Behind Wick. Executives and industry professionals who worked on the “John Wick” film series provided insight into their career journeys and shared advice for those entering the industry, focusing on gender-related barriers.
Breaking Into Filmmaking as a Creator of Color
GEI’s sister organization, Creative Ladder, hosted “Breaking Into Filmmaking as a Creator of Color” with special guest Spike Lee. He was joined on the virtual stage by three of today’s most talented rising commercial directors: Joshua Kissi, Bethany Mollenkof, and Ritesh Gupta. They shared their advice on getting started in filmmaking, turning it into a career, and making the most of your first breaks, among several other topics.
GEI Resume Workshop
GEI hosted a virtual Resume Workshop covering topics from formatting and structure to strengthening job descriptions with the STAR method. Attendees also had the chance to provide feedback on each other’s resumes in breakout rooms and ask the GEI team questions.
GEI x Paramount 'I Have A Dream' Day
Paramount Pictures hosted their 11th Annual ‘I Have A Dream’ Day in collaboration with GEI to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.. Attendees had the opportunity to listen to professionals from Paramount Pictures as they shared their non-traditional career paths into entertainment.
GEI 2022 Production Bootcamp
GEI held its inaugural 2022 Production Bootcamp at Netflix for a full-day of production-specific training, discussions, and networking. Codega Media kicked off the event with “How to Be a PA 101,” providing an overview of on-set work, and facilitating walkie and C-stand demos. Attendees then heard from The Martin Agency and Hungry Man Productions, who delved into the advertising industry, and GEI production assistant panelists, who shared their on-set experiences and pathways into local unions. Netflix production representatives discussed their individual career paths toward working in virtual production and VFX, and the event closed with info sessions for Netflix’s career programs in production.
GEI 2022-23 Mentorship Program Launch
GEI officially kicked off the 2022-23 Mentorship Program with a virtual training for mentees and mentors. Presenters shared best practices to make the most out of the mentorship relationship including goal setting and communication tips.
GEI x Banijay Americas x Truly Original NYC Event
GEI co-hosted its first in-person NYC event in partnership with Banijay Americas and Truly Original at their offices. Attendees got to learn about the company from Truly Original’s Co-Presidents and CEOs, Glenda Hersh and Steven Weinstock, and gained exposure to the unscripted industry through panel discussions with Truly Original and Netflix executives.
Vendetta Entertainment Director's Treatment Workshop
GEI co-hosted a virtual Director’s Treatment Workshop with Vendetta Entertainment for participants to learn about building Director’s treatments for both advertising and narrative content. The workshop provided insight and guidance on how participants can create treatments for themselves or for commercial pitches.
United Talent Agency Foundation Mock Interview Session
GEI participants engaged in a mock interview session with representatives from United Talent Agency’s Foundation team. Attendees participated in two rounds of virtual mock interviews where they received feedback and tips from industry experts.
Disney Interview and Resume Workshop
GEI participants had the opportunity to take a guided studio tour at the Disney Burbank lot. Then, attendees were invited to participate in an interactive workshop with the Disney Campus Recruitment team where recruiters reviewed attendees’ resumes and provided interview preparation tips as well.
Anomaly Site Visit
GEI participants were invited to visit the Anomaly offices in Los Angeles. The site visit started off with a tour of the office, and participants were given a presentation to learn more about the marketing and advertisement agency world. The Anomaly team also had a panel and a Q&A for participants to learn the lifecycle of an ad campaign.
American Horror Stories Prop Workshop
GEI and Ryan Murphy’s Half Initiative hosted a virtual Prop Department Workshop with American Horror Stories Prop Master Mikey Trudel. Mikey shared his journey of breaking into the union and working his way up to Props Master on top television shows (American Horror Stories, GLOW, Westworld) and films (The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent). Additionally, he taught a workshop on how he breaks down a scene, preps for an episode, chooses props, has unique props made, and collaborates with directors on their creative process. He presented a scene study with scenes from American Horror Stories and walked through his prop deck, teaching how to make difficult scenes successful.
In a follow-up session, participants were given a scene to do a breakdown and create a deck to present to the director. They were able to work in groups and present their decks to Mikey for feedback.
Q&A with Lee Eisenberg
GEI hosted a virtual moderated chat with writer and producer Lee Eisenberg (“Little America”, “Good Boys”, “The Office”) where he discussed his career journey and current work. Moderated by GEI Executive Director, Sumi Parekh, attendees also had the chance to ask Lee their questions about the film and television industry.
GEI 2022 Annual Bootcamp
GEI hosted a daylong workshop that provided targeted professional development training, company partner panels and guest speakers, and networking opportunities for participants. Columbia College Hollywood presented interview tips and tricks and advice on how to network within the entertainment industry; Disney General Entertainment Content’s Creative Talent Development & Inclusion representatives talked about beginning a career path in the creative, corporate and production spheres; GEI Alumni discussed how they were able to successfully navigate the entertainment industry; and Corbin Reid from Starz’s ‘Run the World’ engaged in a moderated fireside chat about how she has achieved success in the industry.
Banijay Americas Site Visit
GEI hosted an in-person event at the Banijay Americas offices. The event kicked off with a moderated chat with Cris Abrego, Chairman of the Americas, Banijay and President and CEO, Endemol Shine Holdings and Los Angeles native, who shared his career story. Attendees also heard from company executives who discussed the unscripted development process as well as newer staff who walked GEI participants through their career path into the company.
Renee Freedman & Co. March 2022 Coaching Webinar
GEI, in partnership with the Renee Freedman Company, conducted a Coaching 101 webinar for graduates. Each participant in the coaching program gets 12 free 60-minute coaching sessions and is assigned to a personal coach. Coaches help participants build and identify their skills as they transition into the workforce.
Management 360 Interview Skills Workshop
GEI hosted a virtual interview skills workshop for participants in collaboration with Management 360 to learn tips and tricks on how to answer some of the most common job interview questions. Attendees heard about how to tailor responses to the job description, highlight strengths in scenario-based questions, and combat anxiety before an interview. For the second half of the session, attendees participated in mock interviews with representatives from Management 360 and GEI to refine their individual responses to interview questions.
Creative Coalition of Color - Intro to Film Marketing and the Creative Advertising Industry
GEI hosted an overview of film marketing and creative advertising with the The Creative Coalition of Color (CCC). Panelists from various agencies, companies, and studios highlighted what it’s like to create posters, trailers, and advertising campaigns for some of the attendees’ favorite films. The discussion featured a Q&A on breaking into the advertising agency, as well as a presentation on how to use the coalition’s site to find job opportunities and more events.
Summer 2018 Kickoff Boot Camp
The Summer 2018 Kickoff Boot Camp engaged participants in early career panel discussions with assistants and coordinators from various entertainment companies. Attendees also took part in professional development workshops.
Warner Bros. 2018 Studio Tour
Participants visited Warner Bros. for a studio lot tour and executive panel discussion.
As a part of a Netflix workshop, attendees participated in a “pitch competition” with the original content team at Netflix where they had to collectively develop a pitch for an original TV show or movie complete with a proposed casting and marketing plan.
Buzzfeed Resume Workshop
Buzzfeed held a workshop where participants received advice from executives and human resource experts on how to develop an effective resume and prepare for the interview process.
ARRAY Campus Visit
Participants spent the day at the ARRAY campus for Film Summit to learn about and discuss independent filmmaking, distribution, and how to navigate the industry.
2019 Sundance Film Festival
In 2019, GEI was a part of the Sundance Film Festival’s Ignite Program in Park City, Utah. Five participants were given the opportunity to attend the festival and create a short documentary video with a producer from Wise Entertainment.
Summer 2019 Boot Camp Kickoff
GEI hosted a 2019 Summer Boot Camp Kickoff at L.A. LIVE with AEG. There was an exclusive panel and Q&A with Issa Rae and the ColorCreative team. Attendees also learned about developing SMART goals and how to brand themselves in order to successfully network.
Warner Bros. Studios/Showtime Shameless Set Visit
Participants visited Warner Brothers Studios where they got to meet executive producers of the hit Showtime series, Shameless. This experience allowed participants to visit an actual backlot where movies and television shows are made.
Wasserman Media Group Offices Visit
Participants learned from various Wasserman executives about what it takes to represent, market, and manage athletes, social media influencers, broadcasters, and coaches.
Renee Freedman & Co. Coaching Workshop
Renee Freedman engaged participants in a workshop where they were taught how to be ready for the professional world by mind mapping and identifying their dream job with confidence. This workshop prepared participants for the one-on-one coaching program that gives them access to ten virtual sessions with a personal coach to assist in their career search process and build critical skills, such as self-confidence, presentation, and public speaking.
Participants attended a webinar with then Endeavor Content Senior Associate Kevin Iwashina and his colleague from the WME side, Mira Yong. Attendees heard from Kevin and Mira as they provided an overview of both Endeavor and WME, discussed their respective career journeys, and delineated how to enter the entertainment industry. The event concluded with a Q&A where attendees asked about the agency world and what skills were essential to the representation business.
Disney Resume & Interview Workshop
Disney hosted a resume and interview workshop on how to construct a compelling resume and prepare for a strong interview during the job/internship search process. In groups of 4-5, participants were assigned to a Disney team member for resume review and mock interviews. Each participant received personalized feedback, as well as advice on how to strengthen their resume and interview skills.
ABC Black-ish Set Visit
Participants visited the key departments of the ABC show, Black-ish, and participated in a panel discussion with the show’s producers. Some of the departments they visited included production, post-production, costume design, and the art department. Participants were able to ask the crew questions and gain insight on their roles within the show.
Netflix’s “Show Up As Your Best Self” Workshop
Netflix hosted “Show Up As Your Best Self,” a comprehensive, all-day workshop at their studios. The workshop kicked off with a motivational speech from Netflix’s Director of Inclusion Strategy for Content and Marketing, who discussed the importance of self-awareness and vulnerability in an industry that has historically excluded low-income people of color. Following this, participants discussed and shared their challenges to getting internships in small groups and received a presentation on how to craft an effective elevator pitch. The workshop ended with rotational group sessions led by different Netflix team members, where participants did mock interviews , garnered feedback on their resumes and LinkedIn profiles, received a virtual production presentation, and learned about proper pre- and post-interview etiquette.
2020 Sundance Film Festival
Five participants were selected to attend the 2020 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. They spent eleven days at the festival volunteering at the box office, filming and gathering footage for a documentary, attending film screenings and panel discussions, and participating in the Sundance Institute’s Ignite program for young, emerging filmmakers. As part of their trip, they also had the opportunity to speak and have breakfast with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the creators of Apple TV+, Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht.
ABC Single Parents Set Visit
Participants visited the set of the ABC show, Single Parents and attended a panel discussion in the writer’s room with the producer and writers of the show. They also heard from the production designer and costume designer about their roles and toured a few of the show’s sets on the lot. Participants were able to meet cast members and watch a script rehearsal as well.
ABC The Conners Set Visit
Participants visited the set of the ABC show The Conners and attended a table read with the cast and crew. They also participated in a panel discussion with key department heads, including the Director, Associate Director, Director of Photography, Writer, Costume Designer, and the Production Designer. The visit concluded with a tour of the production offices and a talk with an Editor in the post-production office.
ABC A Million Little Things Set Visit
Participants had the opportunity to visit and speak to D.J. Nash, the creator, showrunner, writer and executive producer of the ABC series, A Million Little Things. D.J. went into detail on how he came up with the show, how he develops ideas for each episode, as well as skills required for television such as pitching, writing pilots, and choosing the right actors. A member of D.J. ‘s team also discussed how they entered the industry, starting off as an assistant, and then moving up the ranks to co-write scripts.
Student Cohort Kickoff Meeting
In summer of 2020, the Student Cohort Kickoff Meeting was held virtually to build community among participants. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti provided an overview on the City’s efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19, provide economic relief and support services to impacted Angelenos, and invest in communities to advance racial justice. Dr. Curley Bonds, the Chief Medical Officer for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, also highlighted the importance of mental health and provided various resources. Attendees ended the session with break-out rooms to virtually meet their cohort members for the first time.
2020 Virtual Boot Camp
The 2020 Virtual Bootcamp kicked off with an ice breaker event, followed by a panel discussion featuring representatives from Amazon Studios, ABC, Warner Music Group, and Rideback Ranch. The panel focused on each speaker’s career journey, as well as each of their respective company’s experiences and priorities amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Attendees also participated in a workshop on financial literacy with Mana Money School. The event closed with speakers from Anomaly on advertising and marketing careers, as well as a session from Chelsea C. Hayes and the Coaching Factory focused on embracing your uniqueness, networking and relationship building, and decision-making.
Ryan Murphy’s Half Initiative Production Design Workshop
Participants attended a two-part workshop led by Emmy award-winning production designer Jamie McCall, who has worked on Ryan Murphy shows such as Pose and The Politician. Attendees were split into groups and given a week to create a presentation on how they would recreate the design for a scene from Pose. Final presentations received feedback from Jamie.
United Talent Agency Virtual Panel
United Talent Agency representatives were panelists on a discussion about their careers and the work culture at the agency. Attendees were able to learn about the representation business from an inside look at recruiting and hiring to the day-to-day tasks of being a talent agent.
2021 Virtual Sundance Film Festival
In 2021, Sundance was held virtually, but GEI was still able to nominate five participants to attend premieres in the Sundance online screening rooms. They created a documentary video of their experience.
“From Intern to Full-Time” Virtual Panel
Participants that landed internships and graduated to entry-level roles at Paradigm Talent Agency, ALL3A Media, 44 Blue, and Game Show Network discussed their career trajectories in a virtual panel. Attendees gained advice on what positions to seek next and what skills to build in order to mirror their peers’ successes in the entertainment industry.
Vendetta Entertainment Careers & Empowerment Series
Vendetta Entertainmentis a WOC immigrant co-founded creative production house established in 2010 by husband/wife Joan Pla and Nelly Castillo. Through their company, Nelly and Joan are paving the way for underrepresented talent and crew to build professional opportunities in the Entertainment and Advertising industries. Their portfolio includes threeSpotify ‘Viva Latino’commercials with Karol G., Mike Towers, Mau and Ricky; two spots withLebron Jamesfor his Lobos Tequila (featuring Nelly as Taco Truck Chef); music videos with artists likeCarrie Underwood and David Bisbal; and Editorial work with the Latinx cast of ‘Dora and The Lost City of Gold’ for Paramount Pictures. Vendetta Entertainment’s ethos is to create a new norm where diversity, inclusion and equality are not overlooked. In 2021, Nelly and Joan hosted their first virtual workshop ‘Vendetta Entertainment Careers and Empowerment Series’ covering different topics on how to navigate the entertainment industry supplemented by their unique experiences. Vendetta Entertainment co-founders covered how they built their business from a small record company to a full-service creative production company. They also reviewed skill-building such as how to engage with power dynamics in the workplace, exercising emotional intelligence, and learning how to start a business.
2021 Virtual Summer Summit
Participants in the United States and Canada attended the 2021 Virtual Summer Summit, an all-day educational event featuring industry speakers and professional development programming. The program kicked off with a welcome from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and GEI co-founder Ryan Reynolds. Panelists for the event ranged from talent agents and managers to filmmakers, actors, and entertainment executives from company partners such as United Talent Agency, ABC Entertainment, Hulu, and more. The event also featured a resume workshop, mental health presentation, and an introduction to career coaching.
Netflix Interview Preparation Workshop
In collaboration with Netflix, GEI hosted a virtual interview prep workshop for participants to refine their skills for future job opportunities. Attendees learned how to use LinkedIn to their advantage, what to seek during every step of the hiring process, and gained advice on freelance interviewing. Participants also got the chance to practice their elevator pitch in breakout rooms with members of the Netflix team.
Renee Freedman & Co. Fall Coaching Webinar
Renee Freedman hosted a coaching webinar for participants to learn about the coaching process, identify skills they want to improve upon, and learn about their strengths and weaknesses. Participants discussed their career interests, ambitions, and mapped what they would like to accomplish in the coming years.
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