NFL players to take part in first-ever “NFL Pro Hollywood Boot Camp” at Universal Studios

Program for current & former players runs April 2-5 in Los Angeles

John Singleton, Robert Townsend & Keenen Ivory Wayans among instructors

Twenty current and former NFL players will take part in the first-ever NFL Pro Hollywood Boot Camp at Universal Studios in Universal City, California, it was announced today.

The program, which runs from April 2-5, 2012, is being directed by NFL Player Engagement and Film Life Inc., the New York-based film production company, and will cover a wide range of topics in the movie industry.

The four-day boot camp will offer a comprehensive overview of creative disciplines in the film industry including screen writing, directing, producing and film financing. Session leaders will be selected from among top industry executives and filmmakers and include multiple Academy Award-nominated director/producer/ screenwriter JOHN SINGLETON and writer/actor/directors ROBERT TOWNSEND and KEENEN IVORY WAYANS. Participants will have the opportunity to shoot and edit a short film at Universal Studios, the largest working motion picture studio in the world which offers 30 sound stages and 30 backlot movie sets where many legendary films have been shot.

“The NFL Pro Hollywood Boot Camp builds upon the successes of our prior programs in educating and providing hands-on experience to players in a wide variety of disciplines,” said NFL Vice President of Player Engagement TROY VINCENT.  Vincent leads the NFL’s initiative to develop and provide players with important learning tools and educational experiences that allow them to explore opportunities beyond the football field.

“Not only do players have a unique opportunity to learn from the best,” Vincent added, “but programs like the NFL Pro Hollywood Boot Camp expose them to the exciting professional possibilities that lie ahead.”

“The Pro Hollywood Initiative was launched three years ago to provide a crash course in filmmaking, “said JEFF FRIDAY, CEO of Film Life Inc., which developed the NFL program. “We are pleased to partner with the NFL and look forward to educating and preparing players for potential entry into the highly competitive film industry.”

The NFL Pro Hollywood Boot Camp is the latest NFL Player Engagement initiative offered to assist players in preparing for their post-playing careers.  Last month, the NFL announced a new Business of Music Boot Camp which debuts in February 2012 at New York University’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music.

Since 2005, more than 700 NFL players have participated in the NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program.  More than one-third of the 106 players who have taken part in the five NFL Broadcast Boot Camps have earned broadcasting jobs as a result of their participation in the program. In addition, each offseason more than 100 NFL players enroll in college courses as they work towards Master’s or Bachelor’s degrees while more than 120 pursue career internships.

Player enrollment criteria include previous participation in NFL Player Engagement programs, prior media experience, essays, and NFL playing experience.

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