Diversity initiative launched
With an eye toward helping young women and people of colour break into the entertainment business, the City of Los Angeles is hoping to lend a hand. Eric Garcetti, the mayor of Los Angeles, and Ava DuVernay, a filmmaker who has rocketed up the ranks in Hollywood, are teaming with the producer Dan Lin (“The Lego Movie”) to start a public-private partnership that would fund 150 internships for women, people of colour and those from low-income households, they announced Monday. The goal is to support 500 interns a year by 2020 — which, incidentally, might be when Garcetti follows through on his consideration to run for president. The program is called the Evolve Entertainment Fund, and it is partnering with top Hollywood powerhouses to place Hollywood aspirants on a track for a film career.