THE ROYBAL FILM AND TELEVISION PRODUCTION MAGNET FUND ANNOUNCES MULTI-YEAR PARTNERSHIP WITH THE HISTORY® CHANNEL/A+E NETWORKS®

THE ROYBAL FILM AND TELEVISION PRODUCTION MAGNET FUND ANNOUNCES MULTI-YEAR PARTNERSHIP WITH THE HISTORY® CHANNEL/A+E NETWORKS®  

 

Paul Buccieri, President and Chairman of A+E Networks Group, Joins The Roybal Advisory Board

LOS ANGELES, CA (July 21, 2022) – Extending its long-standing commitment to education and mentorship, The HISTORY® Channel/A+E Networks® has partnered with the Roybal Film and Television Production Magnet Fund, which was established by George Clooney, Grant Heslov and Creative Artists Agency’s Bryan Lourd to support the Roybal Film and Television Production Magnet a specialized academy founded in 2021 by the trio and a coalition of leaders to drive transformational change across the entertainment industry for students from underserved communities.  The school is set to welcome its inaugural class in the fall.

In addition, Paul Buccieri, President and Chairman of A+E Networks Group, has joined the Roybal Advisory Board and will work alongside board members George Clooney, Grant Heslov,
Bryan Lourd, Kerry Washington, Eva Longoria, Mindy Kaling, Don Cheadle, Nicole Avant,
Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, and Jim Gianopulos.

“One of the most powerful ways to diversify the entertainment industry is to provide a new generation with practical hands-on skills and connections, which is why I am honored to serve as a founding member of the Roybal Film and Television Magnet School Advisory Board,” said
Paul Buccieri, President and Chairman, A+E Networks Group. “The History Channel is proud to be a founding partner at the school to help support educators, augment curriculum, provide opportunities that inspire curiosity and empower students to excel. The Roybal school will help infuse the media and entertainment industry with an incredible new pool of creatives, and I am thrilled to play a role in this important endeavor.”

As part of the multi-year partnership, The HISTORY Channel/A+E Networks will provide classroom resources and innovative curriculum developed to meet the standards prescribed by the state of California and the University of California system, plus offer students access to special screenings and guest speakers, including distinguished historians. Working in collaboration with the Roybal Film and Television Production Magnet Fund and the school, the company will also develop learning sessions led by A+E Networks creatives and company leaders with expertise in a range of behind-the-camera roles, helping to expand and amplify students’ access to practical skill-based learning.

The HISTORY Channel/A+E Networks’ decades-long engagement with educational and mentorship programs includes providing more than 120,000 educators across the country with curriculum materials and resources, as well as granting scholarships and mentorship opportunities, with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

“We welcome Paul and his shared commitment to the Boards’ mission. With Paul and the support of The History Channel, we are able accelerate our collective impact on Roybal’s students,” said Lourd.  “We look forward to other individuals and companies joining our efforts.”

Overseen by Principal Blanca Cruz, the Roybal Film and Television Production Magnet will provide Los Angeles Unified teachers with access to renowned storytellers, along with industry professionals and experts, and support students with a robust academic education and practical training, providing a foundational understanding of the media and entertainment industry, while preparing them for below-the-line professions. The magnet will start with ninth- and 10th-grade students and include grades 11 and 12 over the next two years, with potential opportunity to expand the pilot program to more schools throughout the Los Angeles area.

 

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ABOUT THE ROYBAL FILM AND TELEVISION PRODUCTION MAGNET

The Roybal Film and Television Production Magnet was founded in 2021 by George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Don Cheadle, Kerry Washington, Mindy Kaling, Nicole Avant, Eva Longoria, Working Title Films founders Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner and Creative Artists Agency (CAA) Co-Chairman Bryan Lourd in partnership with Los Angeles Unified, with a mission to build a more inclusive pipeline of historically underrepresented college- and career-ready students interested in the film and television industries.

 

ABOUT ROYBAL FILM AND TELEVISION PRODUCTION MAGNET FUND

The Roybal School of Film and Television Production Fund is building a more inclusive pipeline of historically underrepresented, college and career-ready students interested in the film and television industries.

All donations are tax-deductible through the Roybal Fund’s 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor, the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF). EIF is a Charity Navigator 4-Star Charity that meets all 20 BBB Charity Standards and carries the Candid Platinum Seal of Transparency.

 

ABOUT THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY FOUNDATION

Founded in 1942, the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) is a multifaceted organization that occupies a unique place in the world of philanthropy. By mobilizing and leveraging the powerful voice and creative talents of the entertainment industry, as well as cultivating the support of organizations (public and private) and philanthropists committed to social responsibility, EIF builds awareness and raises funds, developing and enhancing programs on the local, national, and global level that facilitate positive social change. Visit eifoundation.org and follow @eifoundation for more information.

 

ABOUT A+E NETWORKS

A+E Networks® is a global content company comprised of some of the most popular and culturally relevant brands in media, including A&E®, Lifetime®, The HISTORY Channel™, LMN®, FYI,®, and VICE TV®.  A+E Networks’ portfolio extends across platforms and genres with a scripted production division, A+E Studios™; unscripted production studios, Six West Media™; and Category 6™; and independent film unit, A&E IndieFilms®. A+E Networks Digital™ includes watch apps, games, FAST channels, AVOD, and SVOD products, including Lifetime Movie Club® and HISTORY Vault®; and podcasts such as History This Week™. A+E Consumer Enterprises™ includes experiential/branded live events such as HISTORYTalks™; Alien Con™ and an E-commerce division. A+E Networks International® Includes global branded channels, content distribution and co-productions. A+E Networks’ content reaches more than 335 million households in over 200 territories in 41 languages. A+E Networks is a joint venture of Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/aenetworks and Facebook at facebook.com/AENetworks.

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