Stars support the Roybal School of Film and Television Production. Why?
According to a recent article in The Hollywood Reporter, George Clooney, Kerry Washington, Don Cheadle, Eva Longoria, Mindy Kaling, Grant Heslow, Nicole Avant, together with Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner and CAA‘s Bryan Lourd, have partnered with the Los Angeles Unified School District to create the Roybal School of Film and Television Production.
The school, which is housed in the Edward R. Roybal Learning Center, is aimed at driving a car Transformation change across the industry for students from underserved communities and is set to start in fall 2022.
The aforementioned A-listers aim to create a more inclusive pipeline of career-ready talent for the film and television industries.
Bryan Lourd said, “The combination of education and hands-on training opens up life-changing opportunities. We invite all interested and committed people and companies in our industry to attend. We have the combined power to accelerate the academic and professional careers of so many students and to bring about positive change. ”
Clooney said in a statement: “Our goal is to better reflect the diversity of our country. That means starting early. It means developing high school programs that teach young people about cameras and editing, visual effects and sound, and all of the career opportunities this industry has to offer. It means internships that lead to well-paying careers. It means understanding that we are all in it together. ”
LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner said, “These efforts will help open the doors of student internships to the curriculum for a diverse group of students from underserved communities.”
ABC7 reported thatThe school “will begin with ninth and tenth grade students and will include grades 11 and 12 over the next two years, with the potential to expand the pilot program to other schools in the Los Angeles area.”
There’s more to come.