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 is Senior Vice President, Global Talent Development & Inclusion for the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (UFEG), reporting to UFEG Chairman, Donna Langley. In this role, she is responsible for building upon the studio’s legacy of attracting and developing an inclusive talent pool.
As part of the senior leadership team, Jones-Clark implements strategies for the Studio’s inclusion and diversity efforts for Universal Pictures, Focus Features, DreamWorks Animation, Fandango and Rotten Tomatoes, working closely with both creative production and human resources teams. Additionally, Jones-Clark is responsible for developing and overseeing creative diversity initiatives and partnerships including the Universal Writers Program, Universal Composers Initiative, Universal Directors Initiative, the Sundance Institute FilmTwo Initiative and the AFI Directing Workshop for Women. Workforce strategies include partnerships with NBCUniversal’s Talent Acquisition and Executive Search teams, as well as Campus 2 Career’s internship recruitment.
Before joining Universal in 2017, Jones-Clark was part of Disney | ABC’s Creative Talent Development & Inclusion team, where she led both the writing and directing programs. Her varied television background includes careers in current programming, scripted and unscripted development, production and publicity. She spent several years at The WB Television Network where she served as Vice President of Primetime Publicity before segueing to Vice President of Current Programming.
A native of Los Angeles, Jones-Clark graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications-Journalism and a minor in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley.
As Director, Global Talent Development & Inclusion, Emerlynn Lampitoc leads the team’s creative programs and initiatives to inclusively identify and develop female and diverse talent. Lampitoc is responsible for such internal programs as the Universal Writers Program as well as partnerships on initiatives such as the Sundance Institute FilmTwo Initiative and the AFI Directing Workshop for Women. Her additional responsibilities include overseeing the department’s social media as well as internal and external outreach efforts.
Prior to joining Universal Pictures, Lampitoc was Manager of Creative Talent Development & Inclusion for the Disney|ABC Television Group where she was instrumental in staffing writers and writer’s assistants on network and cable television series. Lampitoc also was an integral part of the Disney|ABC Directing Program redesign which contributed to an increase in female and diverse episodic directors securing directing assignments. Prior to joining Disney|ABC, Lampitoc’s varied background included developing and producing unscripted television series, as well as positions in drama development at 20th Century Fox Television and Paramount Network Television. Before segueing into production and development, she spent time working in network publicity for both 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
A proud Hoosier and native of South Bend, IN, Gesumino Rulli is Senior Manager of Global Talent Development & Inclusion. Prior to joining GTDI, Rulli served as Creative Executive for filmmaker Nick Weiss’ 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. Among his responsibilities were working closely with clients such as actor Jeremy Renner’s production company, and director Gabrielle Muccino (The Pursuit of Happyness, 7 Pounds). He later transitioned into development at Mandeville Films where he assisted the Senior Vice President of Film. Among the projects Rulli was involved in was Universal Pictures Extinction.
Rulli received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University Bloomington where he majored in Film & Television Direction, and achieved a double minor in Communications & Culture and Music.
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.