Royal Film & Television Production Magnet Fund Receives $4 Million From Studios – Deadline
Amazon Studios, Disney, Fox Corporation, NBCUniversal/Telemundo Enterprises, Paramount and Warner Bros. Discovery have signed on as founding partners of the Roybal Film and Television Production Magnet Fund, which was established by George Clooney, Grant Heslov and Bryan of Creative Artists Agency Lourd, to support The Roybal Film and Television Production Magnet, a specialist academy created to drive transformational change in the industry by creating a more inclusive pipeline of historically underrepresented, career-ready students pursuing careers below the line in film and television.
These studios join previously announced founding partner THE HISTORY Channel/A&E Networks, along with Netflix and Sony Pictures Entertainment, in committing more than $4 million to the school, which officially opened in August with 150 students.
Charlie Collier, CEO, FOX Entertainment; Craig Robinson, Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, NBCUniversal; and Marva Smalls, EVP, Global Head of Inclusion at Paramount and EVP, Public Affairs, Nickelodeon, have joined the Roybal Advisory Board and will work alongside board members Clooney, Heslov, Lourd, Kerry Washington, Eva Longoria, Mindy Kaling, Don Cheadle, Nicole Avant, Working Title Films Founders Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, Jim Gianopulos, and Paul Buccieri, Chairman and Group President of A+E Networks. Additional members will be announced later.
“People of goodwill will always find common ground to meet the needs of our students, our workforce, and our school communities,” Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho said. “We are grateful to have the support of these extraordinary industry leaders to create opportunities for our students. The coalition will also provide Los Angeles Unified teachers with access to renowned storytellers, as well as industry professionals and experts, and hands-on experience for students in underserved communities and create a pathway to employment in the within the industry.
“Mil gracias to all our partners for the investment and commitment that create bridges of success for our students!” Los Angeles Unified Council member Mónica García said. “This partnership is a testament to the role we all play in creating access, equity and justice for all students, especially our most needy scholars.”
“A year ago, ten of us set out to establish a clear path to well-paying jobs for students from underserved communities by supporting them with a solid academic background and practical training. Today, we welcome these businesses into the Roybal family. Together, our collective resources will help deliver on the promise of a more inclusive industry,” said Lourd. “Roybal is just the beginning and we invite everyone who shares our mission to join us.”
Helping to expand access and accelerate progress on diversity and inclusion in professions below the line, a group of artisans, including costume designers Ruth Carter and Emilio Sosa; production designers Wynn Thomas and Korey Washington; hairstylist and makeup artist Howard Berger; cinematographer Erik Messerschmidt; lighting director Danny Gonzalez; supervising sound editors Bobbi Banks and Glenfield Payne; editor Michael Tronick; animation artist Vicky Pui; and visual effects producer Brooke Breton; have joined as inaugural members of the Roybal Industry Council, lending their expertise to the development and delivery of career paths.
Overseen by Principal Blanca Cruz, the Roybal Film and Television Production Magnet provides Los Angeles Unified teachers with access to renowned storytellers, as well as industry professionals and experts, and supports students with academic training and practical training, providing a fundamental understanding of the media and entertainment industry, while preparing them for secondary professions. The magnet opened to 9th and 10th graders and will include 11th and 12th graders over the next two years, with a potential opportunity to expand the pilot program to other Los area schools. Angeles.