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George Clooney to start film school with friends to diversify Hollywood

Actors George Clooney, Kerry Washington and Don Cheadle team up with Los Angeles education officials to open a school to train teens in skills like cinematography, lighting, visual effects and other jobs Hollywood.

The school, due to launch in 2022, aims to diversify the entertainment industry by providing a pathway to well-paying jobs that have few formal pathways.

“Our goal is to better reflect the diversity of our country,” Clooney said in a statement Monday. “That means creating high school programs that teach young people about cameras, editing, visual effects and sound, and all the career opportunities this industry has to offer.”

The Roybal School of Film and Television Production will be housed within the Edward R Roybal Learning Center in the city’s predominantly Latino Westlake neighborhood. Teachers will have access to film industry professionals, while students will receive hands-on training as well as academic programs and internships.

Clooney, Washington, Cheadle, Mindy Kaling, Eva Longoria and a trio of producers will serve on the board and cover about 20% of the original projected budget of about $7 million, said Austin Buetner, superintendent of the Unified School District of Los Angeles, New York. Time.

Hollywood has sought to increase the number of people of color in front of and behind the camera since the #OscarsSoWhite scandal in 2016. Those efforts were bolstered last year when Black Lives Matter protests fueled a broader debate about racism in American institutions.

Grant Heslov, Clooney’s producing partner, said efforts to hire more women and people of color on film sets were hampered by a lack of qualified candidates.

“You want a more diverse crew,” Heslov told The New York Times on Monday, “but there just aren’t enough trained people there.”

The Clooney-led initiative follows plans announced last week by record producers Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine to open a specialized high school in South Los Angeles. The school will not be a music school, but will aim to encourage inner-city kids to be innovators, start their own businesses or enter high-tech industries.

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