OUR HISTORY

The CDDP (Commercial Directors Diversity Program) was created during contract talks between the AICP (Association of Independent Commercial Producers) and the DGA (Directors Guild of America).

The CDDP reflects the commitment of both organizations to effect change and increase the representation of minority and women directors specializing in commercials and marketing communications.

THE TEAM

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Tamika Lamison

Program Director 
CDDP
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Matthew Miller

President & CEO
AICP
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Lesley Chilcott

Director / Producer
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Ned Brown

Executive Producer
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Byron Fitts

Executive Producer, The Department
“Diversity is not just a catch phrase or a quota. It is a commitment to the type of change that benefits us all.”
- Tamika Lamison

Tamika Lamison
Program Director 
CDDP

Tamika is a Virginia native who graduated from The American University with a BA in Performing Arts & Theatre. She currently works at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the Education Department. While living in New York she wrote her first screenplay, THE JAR BY THE DOOR, which was a Sundance Finalist and won several awards including the Gordon Parks Indie Film Award. She then attended the New York Film Academy to learn filmmaking and graduated having made her first short film...

Matthew Miller
President & CEO
AICP

In his position as president and chief executive officer of the Association of Independent Commercial Producers, Matt Miller presides over an organization whose members account for 80 to 85 percent of all nationally televised commercials in the United States. He is the spokesman for more than 350 production companies which, along with another 200 affiliated firms, comprise the AICP membership.

Founded in 1972, the AICP represents, exclusively, the interests of commercial production companies in the United States, and serves as a strong collective voice for this $5.5 billion industry, addressing its many audiences within the advertising community, business circles and government offices.

Ned Brown
Executive Producer

Ned is an LA native with a Minnesota upbringing. He worked his way up the production ladder of music videos and commercials in New York City, starting with summer P.A. gigs while in college. His first Executive Producer job was with The Director’s Bureau at the end of the 90s. He then went on to form Rock Fight, an award winning company that later merged with HKM.

After launching other successful ventures in LA, he joined forces with Native Content in 2014 as Partner/Executive Producer. As a gay dad and member of a bi-racial family, Ned strives to make inclusion a core value of the production community and to create pathways for all who wish to excel in the industry.

“I ask all my colleagues to join me in my pledge to use my knowledge and experience, along with my privilege and power, to make this community a welcome creative playground for all, and to support the CDDP Program in every way, promoting inclusion in all they do.”
- Ned Brown

Lesley Chilcott
Director, Producer

Lesley Chilcott is an award winning filmmaker, documentarian, and producer. She was a producer of the Academy Award-winning documentary, AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH and the rock documentary IT MIGHT GET LOUD. Other notable Chilcott-produced films include WAITING FOR SUPERMAN, for which she was awarded a win by the PGA for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Documentary. Lesley directed the coffee documentary A SMALL SECTION OF THE WORLD and teen darling CODEGIRL, which after it’s theatrical toured the world through a program with the US State Department. Her short film CODESTARS garnered over 20 million views online.

Lesley directs commercials and branded content at Splendid & Co and hosts the popular screening series, THE DOC CLUB, for the Producer’s Guild of America in Los Angeles. Lesley is an Executive Producer on AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL, currently in theaters.

“It’s simple. Diverse teams are more innovative
and outperform homogenous ones.”
- Lesley Chilcott

Byron Fitts
Executive Producer, The Department 

Byron Fitts, Executive Producer of The Department, has been a fixture in production in the southwest with a career that spans over two decades. Byron has produced projects for various production companies, in addition to those as an agency producer at The Richards Group and agency freelance producer.

With his experience in advertising and production, Byron founded The Department in 2013. Having just completed serving two terms as AICP Southwest President, and on the AICP National Board, Byron is both Vice President and Chairman of the Education Committee of AICP Southwest.

“It’s baffling that we still have to have conversations about diversity today, in an industry steeped in free-thinking and creativity. ”
- Byron Fitts

OUR SUPPORTERS

We are grateful for the generous support of our supporters and partners include mission driven businesses that are committed to social responsibility, inclusion and true diversity in the industry. They include: