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On June 10, Television City, the iconic media campus owned and operated by an affiliate of Hackman Capital Partners, announced a $2 million pledge to help address local community needs as well as seed an educational endowment to improve diversity within the entertainment industry.
Television City will start by committing $1 million to support local community organizations, businesses and individuals that are working to revitalize the Beverly/Fairfax District.
“Television City has called this community home for nearly 70 years, and it pains us to see our neighbors, community organizations, and small businesses – many of which are trying to reopen their doors in the first time in over three months – suffer through these challenging times,” said Michael Hackman, founder and CEO of Hackman Capital Partners. “We believe Television City can spearhead a catalytic effort among local stakeholders to provide meaningful help. This community is resilient and will come back even stronger, more vibrant and cohesive.”
In a separate initiative, Television City is seeding $1 million to establish an educational endowment to increase diversity and provide career opportunities in the entertainment industry. The endowment will work with local schools, production studios and content creators to offer black students and other underrepresented communities the resources to obtain mentorship, internships, scholarships and the necessary education and onsite training to secure jobs in Los Angeles’ largest industry.
“As a studio and as individuals, we stand in solidarity with the black community and those speaking out against systemic racism and racial inequities,” Hackman said. “But we want to do more than talk about the issues; we want to take meaningful action. In today’s world of content creation, experienced production crews are in high demand, and we are committed to expanding these opportunities to traditionally underrepresented communities, creating jobs and building a more diverse entertainment industry.
“The past three months have been an incredibly painful time for the Beverly/Fairfax District and our city as a whole. By working with the black community, our neighbors, small businesses and our city’s most beloved industry, we can emerge from this period stronger than before,” Hackman added. “I hope Television City’s pledge will inspire other stakeholders to join us in this effort; we have thought about this long enough, now is the time to act.”
For information, visit televisioncityla.com.
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