Launched in 2017, Global Talent Development & Inclusion (GTDI) leads the Studio's inclusion and diversity efforts. Under the leadership of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (UFEG) Chairman Donna Langley, GTDI works closely with UFEG's Production and Human Resources teams to identify and develop a pool of creative and workforce talent that builds upon the Studio's commitment to telling stories and creating art with multi-cultural, global perspectives. We are a resource for all divisions within UFEG including Universal Pictures, Focus Features, DreamWorks Animation, Fandango and Rotten Tomatoes.
"Universal's legacy as a studio is committed to telling stories and creating art that reflect the vast diversity of our audiences."
– Donna Langley, Chairman, Universal Filmed Entertainment Group
Whether your sights are set on a career in writing, directing, production, acting or a position within the workforce, Universal Filmed Entertainment Group inclusively targets talent with distinct perspectives and varying backgrounds.
“This (Get Out) was an exercise in...making a movie that is meant to be inclusive...In any good story, whoever you are, you should be able to relate to the protagonist.”
– Jordan Peele, Writer/Director, Get Out
Stories that attract a broad multi-cultural audience are an essential part of the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group slate. Compelling stories with diversity and inclusion have delivered such box-office successes as Universal’s Straight Outta Compton and the Fast & the Furious franchise as well as Focus Features’ Brokeback Mountain.
“Yeah, it’s (The Fate of the Furious) an action movie, but it means a lot more than that to our fans. And they’re from all over the world. It boils down to a lack of representation in Hollywood. And that’s what keeps us going.”
– Michelle Rodriguez, Actor, The Fate of the Furious
Inclusion at all levels within our business is a top priority. Through our programs and partnership initiatives, Global Talent Development & Inclusion develops established and up-and-coming creative and workforce talent with an emphasis on inclusion and diversity. As a studio we are proud of many of our accomplishments in this area including the hiring of several female and diverse directors such as Elizabeth Banks (Pitch Perfect 2), F. Gary Gray (Fate of the Furious), M. Night Shyamalan (Split, Glass) and Sofia Coppola (The Beguiled).
“One of the reasons I am here today, as a director and producer, is because I want to tell stories. I definitely felt like I was underused and that I had more to offer in the industry.”
– Elizabeth Banks, Director/Producer, Pitch Perfect 2
Meet the Team
Janine Jones-ClarkSenior Vice President
Janine Jones-Clark joined Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (UFEG) in 2017 to build the first-of-its-kind department for film creating diversity and inclusion strategies for production and workforce for Universal Pictures, Focus Features, DreamWorks Animation, Fandango and Rotten Tomatoes. Global Talent Development & Inclusion’s (GTDI) multi-tiered approach includes developing pipeline creative and production talent, providing diversity and inclusion recommendations to executives and producers on content, and partnering with Human Resources on workforce efforts.
Under Jones-Clark’s leadership GTDI launched the Universal Writers Program, the Universal Animation Writers Program, the Universal Directors Initiative and the Universal Composers Initiative. Workforce efforts launched include the Executive Inclusion Initiative and Universal Access. The former introduces an inclusive talent pool of high-performing executives to NBCUniversal’s Executive Search and Talent Acquisitions teams, as well as a hiring managers. The latter provides pipeline talent from underrepresented groups access to the Studio’s production process and vast workforce opportunities.
Prior to joining Universal, Jones-Clark had successful careers in television publicity and current programming at Fox, NBC and The WB. She later transitioned into diversity at Disney ABC Television where she oversaw the writing program and redesigned and launched the episodic directing program.
The Los Angeles Native received her Bachelor of Arts degree with a dual major in Mass Communications and Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley.
Emerlynn Lampitoc joined Universal Filmed Entertainment Group’s (UFEG) Global Talent Development & Inclusion department at its inception in 2017. Reporting directly to the Senior Vice President, she works closely on the development and implementation of strategies to increase both creative and workforce inclusion within Universal Pictures, Focus Features, DreamWorks Animation, Fandango and Rotten Tomatoes. She also oversees the day-to-day execution of the department’s creative pipeline efforts which include the Universal Writers Program, Universal Animation Writers Program, Universal Directors Initiative and the Universal Composers Initiative. Additionally, she co-leads the studio’s Executive Inclusion Initiative which facilitates female and diverse talent introductions to NBCUniversal’s Executive Search and Talent Acquisitions teams, as well as hiring managers throughout UFEG. Lampitoc serves as a liaison for the department’s external relationships with such groups as AFI and Sundance FilmTwo and is key in driving all outreach efforts.
Prior to joining Universal, she was Manager of Creative Talent Development & Inclusion for Disney ABC Television where she was instrumental in staffing writers and securing episodic directing assignments for female and diverse talent on ABC, Freeform, and Disney Channel. Lampitoc’s varied background also includes unscripted television development and production; studio drama development positions at 20th Century Fox and Paramount; and publicity positions at NBC and ABC.
Raised in Honolulu, HI, Lampitoc received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and a minor in Creative Writing from Whitworth University in Spokane, WA.
Gesumino RulliSenior Manager
Gesumino Rulli is Senior Manager of Global Talent Development & Inclusion (GTDI), Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (UFEG). Launched in 2017, GTDI focuses on both creative and workforce diversity within UFEG including Universal Pictures, Focus Features, DreamWorks Animation, Rotten Tomatoes and Fandango. In his role, Rulli works with up-and-coming talent on programs and initiatives such as the Universal Writers Program, Universal Directors Initiative and the Universal Composers Initiative, as well as tracking creative and below-the-line talent for the studio and helping to lead outreach efforts.
Prior to joining GTDI, Rulli served as Creative Executive for filmmaker Nick Weiss’ (Drunk Wedding) Dormfire Productions’ ABC Studios overall deal. His responsibilities at Dormfire included overseeing the company’s digital slate, as well as working on the development of both feature film and television comedies. Rulli launched his career as a talent management assistant at Untitled Entertainment where he worked closely with clients such as actor Jeremy Renner’s (The Combine), and director Gabrielle Muccino (The Pursuit of Happyness, 7 Pounds). Additional experience includes working for the head of development at Mandeville Films (Beauty & the Beast, Wonder). Hailing from Granger, Indiana Rulli is a graduate of Indiana University Bloomington where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film & Television Direction, and double minored in Communications & Culture and Music.
As Manager, Global Talent Development & Inclusion, Rosemary Palacios leads the day-to-day execution of the Universal Animation Writers Program. She is also involved in the live-action writing program, Universal Directors Initiative and Universal Composers Initiative. Rosemary serves as the team’s liaison with external organizations such as the American Black Film Festival, Easterseals Disability Film Challenge and ReelAbilities. Prior to joining Universal, Rosemary was the Senior Manager of Preschool Production and Development at Nickelodeon. In that position she was the development executive and executive-in-charge on properties such as Corn & Peg, Shimmer and Shine, and Abby Hatcher Fuzzly Catcher. A native Texan, Rosemary earned a bachelor’s of science degree in Radio-Television from the University of Texas, and a Master of Arts from Columbia University where she studied Instructional Technology and Media.
Michael Pogarian is the Manager of Global Talent Development and Inclusion for the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group.
Prior to joining the GTDI team, he was an Associate Creative Producer at Fullscreen where he co-created and oversaw the AT&T Hello Lab Mentorship Program, that brought together entertainment industry leaders including Common, Octavia Spencer, Lena Waithe and Taika Waititi with emerging filmmakers from diverse backgrounds to create their signature work. In the first two years of the program he developed, produced and distributed ten short films that premiered on DirecTV Now and were accepted to notable international film festivals including SXSW, Outfest, Calgary Film Festival, Maoriland Film Festival and many others. During his time at Fullscreen he also developed award winning interactive digital content and social media series for AT&T Hello Lab, a collection of original and immersive entertainment created by, for and with Millennial and Gen Z audiences.
Before that, Pogarian was an Executive Assistant in unscripted development and production at Magical Elves (Project Runway, Top Chef) and Zodiak USA (Celebrity Wife Swap). In 2012, Pogarian graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film and Television Production at Boston University.
United Kingdom native Michael Berendt is Coordinator for Global Talent Development & Inclusion. In his role, Michael oversees the management of the office of the Senior Vice President and works closely on all creative and workforce initiatives. He launched his career as Executive Assistant to British director David Yates while he helmed films from the Harry Potter Franchise and The Legend of Tarzan. Additional on-set experience includes Focus Features' The Darkest Hour. Before relocating to the U.S., Michael was a Creative Executive at London-based independent production company Unlimited Pictures where he oversaw development, film financing opportunities and the annual Cannes Film Festival engagements. An Honors graduate of the University of the Arts, London, Michael holds a Bachelor's degree in Theatre & Dance History. His other interests include international travel and all things ancient Egypt, including the study of Egyptian hieroglyphs.
A proud native of Ireland, Cliona Dudgeon began her career in event management before moving to Los Angeles and working in the film industry. In her short time in Los Angeles, Dudgeon has worked with numerous production companies such as ArieScope Pictures, GROSS Productions and Justine LLC. Her most recent role was a Coordinator at Dog Pond Productions where she worked in feature film and television development. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Ulster Northern Ireland, graduating with Honors in Business Management.