Truly Original, the production company behind RHOA, has finalized its diverse training program, according to new reports.
According to a report from Deadline, RHOA executive producer Joye Chin has been actively giving young Black trainees the opportunity to work on the Bravo series over the years and this new training program is a result of that work. Truly Original is formalizing those opportunities with the new program, which takes some inspiration from the DGA Trainee Program.
Truly Original, the production company behind RHOA, will pick one trainee per season as part of the program.
As the report outlines, the production company will hire one trainee per season on the show and will partner them with a story producer who will help mentor and give them practical producing experience.
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“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 told Deadline, adding that they hope to one day take the program to some of their other shows like Bravo’s Family Karma and The Real Housewives of Potomac.
“Hopefully soon we can do it on other shows we shoot out of Atlanta,” she said. “Our hope is also to expand this beyond producers and include other key production positions like editors and directors.”
If you’re a fan of the Real Housewives or simply want to break into the industry, this is a huge opportunity and the production team should be applauded for this initiative. For more, touch base with Truly Original.
The Real Housewives of Atlanta airs Sundays on Bravo.