Disney, Amazon Studios, WB Discovery and more support Roybal Magnet

Disney, Amazon Studios, WB Discovery and more support Roybal Magnet

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Disney, Amazon Studios, Fox Corp., Warner Bros. Discovery and other major Hollywood players pledge support for the Roybal Film and Television Production Magnet, a major educational initiative championed by George Clooney and others last year.

Paramount and NBCUniversal/Telemundo Enterprises also sign to become founding partners of the Los Angeles Unified School District magnet facility.

These companies join previously announced founding partners History Channel/A+E Networks, Netflix and Sony Pictures Entertainment. The group has pledged to provide more than $4 million in funding for the school, which opened in August with 150 students at the Edward G. Roybal Learning Complex in downtown Los Angeles.

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Charlie Collier, CEO of FOX Entertainment, Craig Robinson, Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Office for NBCUniversal and Marva Smalls, Executive Vice President, Global Head of Inclusion at Paramount and Executive Vice President, Public Affairs, Nickelodeon have joined Roybal Advisory Board to work with a member coalition that includes industry actors and leaders.

The Roybal Film and Television Production Magnet was founded in 2021 by Clooney, Grant Heslov, Don Cheadle, Kerry Washington, Mindy Kaling, Nicole Avant, Eva Longoria, Working Title Films founders Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, and CAA Chief Bryan Lourd in partnership with LAUSD, the second largest public school system in the country. The school, overseen by Principal Blanca Cruz, aims to build an inclusive pipeline of historically underrepresented college and career-ready students interested in the film and television industry, providing them with resources and mentors who were historically unavailable to them.

“A year ago, ten of us set a clear path to high-paying jobs for students in disadvantaged communities by supporting them with solid academic education and practical training. Today we welcome these companies to the Roybal family. Together, our collective resources will help deliver on the promise of a more inclusive industry,” Lourd said of the new support. “Roybal is just the beginning and we welcome everyone who is part of our mission to join us.”

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