Jaiden Thompson, of Brooklyn, NY, has been selected for the Television Academy Foundation’s prestigious 2021 Summer Fellows program. He is one of just 50 students chosen by Television Academy members from across the country to participate in the program.
Thompson, a 2021 graduate of New York University (NYU), majored in Film and Television and will be a Directing Fellow this summer through the Television Academy Foundation’s program. He attended Brooklyn Technical High School.
“I feel extremely ecstatic and honored to have been chosen for this amazing opportunity,” said Thompson. “I’m looking forward to meeting the other amazing young artists who’ve been selected for the program and can’t wait for the insight I’ll gain from this experience.”
“Ever since I was a kid, I had a passion for storytelling and the arts due to the immense impact media has had on my life,” said Thompson. “Through shows such as Black Mirror, Dark, Breaking Bad,Warrior,Lost and Euphoria, I appreciated the philosophical questions they’d leave lingering in my mind long after each episode ended. Television continues to serve not only as a creative window of escape from my everyday life but also a source of change and inspiration stemming from watching the realities of others. I want to be a part of that journey of crafting visual narratives that audiences can learn from, grow from, and be inspired from just like I was.”
Typically, the Television Academy Foundation’s annual Internship Program provides 50 internships, at top Hollywood studios and production companies, to college students nationwide every summer. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Television Academy Foundation has had to re-imagine its internship program this year offering the 50 students selected from across the country the chance to either intern remotely or enroll as a Summer Fellow.
The Summer Fellows Program includes virtual one-on-one visits with professionals in a student’s field of study, online panels with leaders in the television industry, and customized seminars covering personal brand building and navigating the job market ahead.Fellows also become life-long members of the Foundation’s alumni family giving them access to events and networking opportunities as they build their careers in the industry.
About the Television Academy FoundationEstablished in 1959 as the charitable arm of the Television Academy, the Television Academy Foundation is dedicated to preserving the legacy of television while educating and inspiring those who will shape its future. For more information on the Foundation, visit TelevisionAcademy.com/Foundation.