Next Level Initiative is committed to connecting and spotlighting talented, experienced, well-credited directors and writers by helping them secure their first episode of television or first studio feature. The Next Level fellows are writers and directors who spent a year in one of Blackmagic Collective’s initiatives meeting with executives in group settings and honing their materials. Only selected fellows are invited to this continued initiative based on their level of commitment to their craft, their peers in the initiative, and the film community. Next Level is our way of continuing to help our fellows get that very hard to get first studio level job, instead of leaving them on their own after their first year in the program.
Iram Parveen Bilal
Kate Rees Davies
Sarah J Eagen
“I was lucky enough to be selected by BMC to be part of Future Women of TV 2020 and that saved my life during the pandemic. Thanks to the diversity program, I found a group of resilient writers and directors and together we met with showrunners, producers, directors and execs we would have never met otherwise. I feel lucky to have been asked back to further my career goals in the Next Level Initiative. As a creative, and in my case an immigrant, it’s so important to feel supported and BMC truly supports their members.” – Elisa Manzini, Writer
“The Blackmagic Collective Future Women of TV and Next Level initiatives have given me more industry access than I ever could’ve imagined. From meeting with showrunners and development execs, practicing my elevator pitch, and expanding my network of working professionals, it has been a dream!” – Sarah J. Eagen, Writer/Actor
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