Howard Entertainment

An academic program designed to diversify the pipeline for talent and create leaders in the entertainment industry.

Applications are open for the Spring 2024 Cohort.


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

Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.D., MBA, President of Howard University

Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.D., MBA, President Emeritus of Howard University

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. 

Jennifer Salke

Jennifer Salke Head of Amazon Studios

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.

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 entertainment industry partners.

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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.