The effort aims to "drive transformational change across the entertainment industry for students from underserved communities," is spearheaded by the likes of George Clooney, Mindy Kaling, Don Cheadle, Kerry Washington.
A considerable number of Hollywood elites had joined forced to help students in Los Angeles' underserved communities to bag a job in the entertainment industry. The effort which aims to "drive transformational change across the entertainment industry for students from underserved communities," is spearheaded by the likes of George Clooney, Mindy Kaling, Don Cheadle, Kerry Washington, Grant Heslov, Eva Longoria, Nicole Avant, Working Title Films founders Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner and CAA co-chairman Bryan Lourd, reports Deadline. The celebrities have reportedly teamed up with Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Austin Beutner and have founded the Roybal School of Film and Television Production.
George Clooney, Eva Longoria Help Launch LAUSD’s Entertainment Business Magnet School – CBS Los Angeles https://t.co/mCvwX31xCo— News Bht (@news_bht) June 21, 2021
The specialized academy is set to be launched in the Fall of 2022 and is said to be housed within the Edward R. Roybal Learning Center situated in downtown Los Angeles. The magnet school will serve as a medium to connect professionals and experts in the industry with students who aspire to launch a career in entertainment. "Physics is involved in the choice of a lens by a cinematographer, math is part of the foundation for a musical score in a film, critical thinking skills are needed to design a set, screenwriters needs a foundation in literacy, and a make-up artist needs to know the chemistry of the different materials they might use – all of this will be tied into the curriculum at the school," explained Superintendent Austin Beutner said in a statement according to CBS Los Angeles.
"We are excited to have the support of these extraordinary industry leaders to create opportunity for children in the Los Angeles area," he added. Hollywood has been condemned for its lack of diversity despite being its epicenter being in Los Angeles, one of the most diverse cities in the world. Thus, through this new school, Hollywood stars hope to contribute to more diversity. "Our aim is to better reflect the diversity of our country. That means starting early. It means creating high school programs that teach young people about cameras, and editing and visual effects and sound and all the career opportunities that this industry has to offer," said Clooney in a statement.
George Clooney, Kerry Washington, Don Cheadle and More Stars Backing Roybal School of Film and Television Production https://t.co/1o7ikCsYrM— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) June 21, 2021
"The combination of education and hands-on training opens up life-changing opportunities," added Lourd. As for Avant, the Producer and former U.S. Ambassador to the Bahama Nicole Avant, she shared, "Everyone involved with this effort understands the need to create points of access: access to resources, information, skills, and mentorship." Principal Blanca Cruz will oversee the inaugural program and the school's curriculum designed to meet the standards prescribed by the state of California and the University of California system. Students attending Roybal will also receive the experience of the real world through a dedicated internship initiative.
The school will start with ninth and 10th-grade students and include grades 11 and 12 over the course of two years. It will eventually expand to include juniors and seniors and according to school officials, the program could be expanded to additional schools throughout the Los Angeles area. "This effort will help open the doors of opportunity for a diverse group of students from underserved communities," explained Beutner. "This groundbreaking program will help prepare students for good-paying jobs in the film and television industry by integrating practical industry experience and internships for students into the curriculum."
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