Phylis Rashad

Howard University Joins with Amazon Studios to Launch Howard Entertainment

A partnership between Amazon Studios and Howard University designed to diversify the pipeline for talent across the entertainment industry.


Join the Program

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Applications close on 10/19/20.


Students must be a junior majoring in Music, Art, Theater, Film & TV, PR, Marketing and Management or a second year law student. Candidates will have to complete an application and interview to be considered for the program.

The vision of Howard Entertainment is to offer a one-of-a-kind experience for students interested in all aspects of entertainment, from project greenlighting, to PR and marketing, to entertainment law and finance.

Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.D., MBA

President of Howard University

Amazon Studios has been working to create new pathways into the industry for talented students of all backgrounds and we are proud to team with Howard on this new program supporting aspiring entertainment leaders.

Jennifer Salke

Head of Amazon Studios

Lance Gross and Tarji Hendson

About Howard Entertainment

The program is designed to diversify the entertainment industry by creating a pipeline for African-American students and other marginalized populations to train and study alongside entertainment executives. It offers students a unique interdisciplinary curriculum, coupled with hands-on work experiences and networking with Amazon’s industry partners.

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The 1st Year

The pilot cohort of Howard Entertainment was groundbreaking and innovative. Students received rich academic exposure in courses co-facilitated by Howard University professors, Amazon Studios executives and industry notables, including actress Susan Kelechi Watson; actress Ashley Blaine Featherson; and Charles and Stacy King, the CEO and Chief Brand Officer, and Co-Founders, MACRO. Participants had opportunities to learn about and gain experience in all aspects of the entertainment ecosystem, including development, casting, marketing, production, business affairs, and music. 

  1. Opening Ceremony:Faculty and a fellow discuss the opening ceremony

    Opening Ceremony

    Faculty and a fellow discuss the opening ceremony

  2. A fellow initiates entertainment networking opportunity

    Opening Ceremony

    A fellow initiates entertainment networking opportunity

  3. Fellows hear Dr. Frederick and Jen Salke speak on the entertainment opportunity for which they are embarking

    Opening Ceremony

    Fellows hear Dr. Frederick and Jen Salke speak on the entertainment opportunity for which they are embarking

  4. Fellows network with industry

    Entertainment Event

    Fellows network with industry

  5.  Nickelodeon

    Interdisciplinary Event:

    Fellows visit Nickelodeon Studios

  6. Amazon Studios

    Amazon Beyond the Yard conference:

    Howard Entertainment Fellows meet other HBCU students at the 3 day Amazon conference

  7. Amazon Studios:

    Amazon Studios:

    Fellows and Faculty meet Viola Davis at Troop Zero premier