Ashley Williams Groups Up with Hallmark to Launch Reciprocal Director Mentorship Program


Because of an concept from veteran character actress Ashley Williams, Hallmark Media is upping its help of ladies administrators. A press launch introduced that Make Her Mark, a reciprocal director mentor initiative and “ardour challenge” for Williams, will launch subsequent yr.

Spearheaded by Williams, and developed alongside Hallmark execs, Make Her Mark will see the corporate actively hiring extra feminine administrators in addition to leveraging the expertise and expertise of its present directing roster. “This system will enable ladies to shadow established administrators on Hallmark units to be taught the method,” the discharge particulars. “Within the Make Her Mark program, after a girl shadows a director-mentor by means of the total pre-production, manufacturing, and post-production processes, the community will make use of that lady because the director of their very own film, together with her former mentor now ‘shadowing’ her as their inventive producer. Every participant may have entry to mentoring, profession teaching, and assist in creating her subsequent works.”

Hallmark will announce the primary mentorship pairings within the subsequent few months. These groups will collaborate on films airing on the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Motion pictures & Mysteries.

“I’m the place I’m at this time due to the men and women who mentored me and lifted me up alongside the way in which,” mentioned Lisa Hamilton Daly, EVP of Programming at Hallmark Media. “And now we pays it ahead as a corporation and assist arm aspiring ladies filmmakers with the instruments and expertise they want and need to take their careers to new heights. I can’t wait to see the unimaginable work that can outcome from this new program.”

“Hallmark is a model constructed round giving to and connecting with others, and The Make Her Mark program is our present of alternative expertise, teaching, and steering for such deserving and gifted ladies in our discipline,” acknowledged Wonya Lucas, President & CEO of Hallmark Media. “I hope at some point, when she accepts her Emmy or Peabody or Oscar, that she fondly remembers that Hallmark Media gave her that first shot…after which she pays it ahead.”

Williams emphasised, “My gratitude to Hallmark Channel for the years of supporting me as a storyteller runs deep. And now, to work in live performance with Wonya Lucas, Lisa Hamilton Daly, Randy Pope, and the manager management group to create this identical help for different feminine storytellers is among the most fulfilling work I’ve ever executed. This new program is considered one of a number of methods Hallmark is dedicated to diversifying its tales and its storytellers.”

Williams’ many credit embrace “The Jim Gaffigan Present,” “How I Met Your Mom,” “A Most Violent Yr,” and “Sequin Raze,” the brief that was later tailored into the sequence “UnReal.” She wrote, directed, and starred within the Sundance brief “Meats” and is ready to direct a Hallmark movie this yr.

In a visitor publish for Ladies and Hollywood, Williams wrote about her journey to the director’s chair. “The reality was, I’ve at all times wished to direct,” she revealed. “Years of being directed by (largely) males who had been telling tales meant (largely) for ladies had worn on me.” She continued, “Lately as an actress, my concepts on set for fixing a obtrusive plot gap or an uneconomical blocking selection had been at all times met with a raised eyebrow after which, seconds later, ‘She’s received a good suggestion, right here, guys.’ For the final decade I hadn’t wrapped a job with out the director hugging me and saying, ‘You ought to be doing my job.’”



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