Where better to give back than to the youths raised on the wrong side of the digital divide? These teenagers seem totally oblivious of the digital revolution that has burst across the country. They may live only a stone's throw from the media capitol of the world, but the scarcity of resources in most inner-city high schools has them trapped in the middle ages! For them, the only way to a job in the media is to be born and raised by someone who works there!
A digital divide is an economic inequality between groups, in terms of access to, use of, or knowledge of information and communication technologies. The divide has now transitioned to another level, currently called, The Production Divide—is a “gap” that separates those who primarily consume content on the internet from the producers of content.
Those raised on the right side of the digital divide have good reasons to see a bright future! If Hollywood is on their dream path, they now arrive clutching a film school degree from an illustrious college! Some bypass college and choose an accredited Video/Film Production School. Today's wannabe-Spielberg arrives already knowing the basic fundaments. So if the competition is fierce, they come prepared!
As the internet and broadcast television merge and morph, the decision-making control once held by major studios and the networks is being challenged by technology driven players like Amazon.com, Netflex, and Google. Now that it is possible to send video from a desktop computer to a home television (Smart TV sets) the curtain is falling on the dominating influence of the major studios.
What all this translate to is MORE JOB OPPORTUNITIES for those who are from the right side of the digital divide, and less opportunities for the inner-city youths who are on the wrong side of the digital divide. INcomTV seeks to level the playing field by providing an extensive digital production training program to inner-city based youths.
INcomTV will erase the lines that distinguish “teaching” from “doing” by offering Inner city students/interns a comprehensive on the job training training program. Part of their day will be learning from those who did it before they decided to teach it. The other part will be assisting in the actual process of producing a web video production—working on the shows that INcomTV is producing. They will earn a small salary and after achieving their credentials, they will either continue with INcomTV at union scale, or transfer to a higher paying job at another production company.Since most on the INcomTV team have an extensive background in theater, the students will also be taught and educated in all aspects of theatrical stagecraft, including some technological advances in automation. Today's technician must relay on much more than winches and pulleys. Understanding the basic principles of theatrical stagecraft automation is essential.
INcomTV, which is also a nonprofit 501c(3), will hold annual Fund-raisers and Fund Drives among the viewers who will be asked to champion the Training Program as a vital part of INcomTV’s overall mission.