Paramount and Sony have become the first member studios to participate in the MPA-EICOP Entertainment Law and Policy Fellowship, a program first announced by the Motion Picture Association and the Entertainment Industry College Outreach Program.
Billy Davis (Howard University Law School ’21) will join Paramount as the inaugural Law Fellow of the MPA-EICOP, while Ryan Lewis (Spelman College ’21) will join Sony as the first Policy Fellow. The fellowship is an annual, paid program for recent graduates of HBCUs, Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs) and other minority-serving institutions (MSIs) to gain exposure and experience working in entertainment law and policy. In addition to mentorship, networking events, and industry workshops and conferences, fellows spend six months working in the MPA’s Los Angeles and DC offices, followed by six months in their designated member studios.
Davis and Lewis first arrived in Los Angeles in May for a one-week orientation with EICOP’s regular HBCU at the LA Program Interns, before their fellowship officially launched in June with an MPA rotation.
“The fellowship program is proving every day that there is a place for everyone in the entertainment industry, regardless of background,” EICOP President and CEO Stacey Milner said in a statement. “EICOP is honored to partner with the MPA and its member studios on this unique program, and we are proud to launch the Annual Fellowship with our HBCU in LA program. We are very confident that Billy and Ryan will share this exciting experience with us.” Will continue to move into the next step as they move to Paramount and Sony Pictures.
“I am inspired by how steeped our policy efforts have been over the past several months,” Gail McKinnon, MPA Senior EVP for Global Government Affairs, said in a statement. “She met with studio executives, industry leaders, elected officials, and even attended a movie premiere in Hollywood. I’d like to welcome the next class of my fellows and discuss entertainment policies for young, diverse people.” Looking forward to creating more opportunities to enter the field of
“The Motion Picture Association is delighted to be working with Paramount this year to introduce our law fellows to the various aspects of the legal sector of the entertainment industry,” said Karen Temple, MPA Senior Executive Vice President and Global General Counsel, in a statement. “The Law Fellowship at Paramount will provide Billy Davis with immeasurable benefits and, going forward, this program will help create viable pathways for young law school graduates from diverse backgrounds to flourish within the entertainment law industry.”
For the second half of their fellowship, Davis and Lewis will now move to Paramount and Sony, respectively.
“We are thrilled to welcome Billy Davis to the Paramount community as the first inaugural MPA-EICOP Law Fellow,” Allison Gray, Paramount’s executive vice president and general counsel, said in a statement. “This fellowship program enhances Paramount’s ongoing mission to expand the pipeline of opportunity in our vibrant and creative industry, and we look forward to participating in a program that will provide access, awareness and support to a new generation of executives.” Entertainment creates an understanding of the law.”
“The Government Affairs team at Sony Pictures Entertainment is delighted to have Ryan Lewis as the first-ever MPA-EICOP Policy Fellow,” Keith Weaver, Sony EVP of Global External Policy and External Affairs, said in a statement. “We look forward to working closely with her on both legal and policy issues to help best position her on her career path. We are also proud to participate in this first-of-its-kind fellowship program, Which reflects Sony’s commitment to expanding opportunities for all communities and building an industry that represents all of us.
Applications for the year 2023-24 are now open on the Fellowship Portal on the MPA website.