NBCUniversal’s LGBT employee resource group, OUT@NBCUniversal, has partnered with “The Center,” New York’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community center, to introduce a signature program called The Legacy Project, which will provide mentorship opportunities in production, broadcasting, and film making for college-aged LGBT students and their allies in the NYC metro-market.
OUT@NBCUniversal and The Center worked with a number of colleges and universities, including Columbia University, Brooklyn College, Marymount Manhattan College, and The City College of New York, to nominate high-achieving film and broadcast journalism students to participate in the project.
A total of five students were selected to produce their own two-minute spotlight video dealing with the LGBT movement and community in New York, and each student was paired up with an NBCUniversal mentor who could advise them on production.
Mentors include Carol Sullivan, senior producer at The Today Show; Raphael Miranda, meteorologist for WNBC 4 New York; John Nichols, marketing manager, NBCUniversal; David Foster, senior producer, MSNBC; and Rob Buchanan, producer, News.
“Working with the students was a hugely rewarding experience,” said David Foster. “I loved their passion, knowledge and desire to learn more about the creative process. I can’t wait to see the final versions of their films.”
When completed all five of the videos will be shown at The Center’s thirtieth anniversary dinner celebration. At the dinner, audience members will be invited to vote online for the best video. The student with the most votes will have the opportunity to create an additional Legacy Project video featuring CNBC’s Suze Orman.