A selection of Hollywood actor and producer stars, including George Clooney, are teaming up with Los Angeles Unified to open a new academy for high school students interested in careers in film and television, district officials said on Monday 21. June.
In addition to Clooney, the Roybal School of Film and Television Production, which is slated to open in fall 2022, will include on its advisory board actors Grant Heslov, Don Cheadle, Kerry Washington, Mindy Kaling, Nicole Avant and Eva Longoria, as well as Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, founders of the production company Working Title Films, and artistic agent Bryan Lourd, co-chair of the Creative Artists Agency.
Monday’s news comes a week after the nation’s second-largest school district announced plans to open an academy with rap legend Dr. Dre and music producer Jimmy Iovine focused on design, business and performance. technology, with the goal of developing the next generation of leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs.
Both programs are intended to target historically underserved students, putting them on the path to college or a career. They are one of 10 Magnetic Programs that the LAUSD School Board recently approved for the 2022-2023 school year. The district, which has seen declining enrollment for years, is looking to provide students and families with more school options.
Members of the Academy of Film and Television’s advisory board will offer their expertise to create a more inclusive pipeline in the industry, according to a press release.
“Our goal is to better reflect the diversity of our country,” Clooney said in the statement. “It means starting early. This means creating high school programs that teach young people about cameras, editing, visual and sound effects, and all of the career opportunities this industry has to offer. This means internships that lead to well-paying careers. It means understanding that we are all in the same boat.
The academy will be located on the Edward R. Roybal Learning Center campus in the Westlake neighborhood and will offer a program that meets the admission requirements of the University of California.
The school will open up to ninth and tenth graders in its first year, then expand to 11 and 12 years over time, and has the potential to expand to more campuses across the district.
Superintendent Austin Beutner, a former businessman-turned-philanthropist with ties to renowned donors, is known to use his connections to attract celebrities from the entertainment and sports world to lend their support to district initiatives.
In his State of the Schools address last week at the Hollywood Bowl, Beutner called on all Angelenos to do their part to ensure that every child in LAUSD – where over 80% of students live in poverty – has access to a quality education.
On Monday, the superintendent praised the planned film and television academy for opening doors for underserved students.
“We are delighted to have the support of these amazing industry leaders to create opportunities for children in the Los Angeles area,” he said.