Partner News 1/14/21

Posted by on January 15, 2021

Check out partner news from 1/14/21!

Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY Announces Executive Expansion Ahead of 10th Anniversary

Courtesy of Variety 

Ava DuVernay expands her multi-platform arts and social impact collective, ARRAY, to include an addition of six executives. As the ARRAY team enters their 10th year, they are excited to continue creating mission-driven work and to be at the forefront of narrative change. You can read more about their expanding team members here.

Sundance Adds Two World Premieres: ‘Judas And the Black Messiah’ & ‘Captains Of Zaatari’

Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

The world premiere of both Warner Bros.’ Fred Hampton movie "Judas and the Black Messiah" and "Egypt’s Captains of Zaatari" from filmmaker Ali El Arabi are now part of this year’s Sundance Film Festival! You can read more about these powerful pieces of work here.

Univision to Launch PrendeTV, Touted as First Dedicated Free Streaming Service for U.S. Hispanic Viewers

Univision recently announced PrendeTV, which will be the only dedicated streaming service aimed at a U.S. Latino audience with free, ad-supported Spanish-language programming. PrendeTV, set to debut by this March, will comprise of Spanish-language movies and TV series, including novelas, comedies, classic sports, documentaries, lifestyle shows and children’s programming.

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NBCUniversal Awards Grants to 10 Social Impact Nonprofits (Exclusive)

Courtesy of Inner City Arts

NBCUniversal has identified 10 nonprofit organizations that are the latest beneficiaries of parent company Comcast’s multiyear, $100 million pledge to combat structural inequality and support education and training particularly in the media industry. The 10 organizations chosen address at least one of the issues that NBCU is prioritizing: equipping young creatives, strengthening communities, and developing media media and tech skills for populations who traditionally do not have access to such training. Find out which organizations were chosen here.

Join Film Fatales and Cinematters January 16th For a Screening and Panel Discussion of "NEVERTHELESS"!

Join Film Fatales and Cinematters: NY Social Justice Film Festival for a screening of NEVERTHELESS and a panel discussion exploring intersectionality in the women's movement and discrimination in the workplace on Saturday January 16th at 3:00 PM PT with director Sarah Moshman, Women’s March co-founder Paola Mendoza, ACLU attorney Melissa Goodman and #OscarsSoWhite creator April Reign. Moderated by Melissa Gira Grant, Staff Writer at The New Republic. Taking a look behind the headlines of #MeToo and Time's Up, Nevertheless follows the intimate stories of seven individuals who have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace or in a school context. From a writer's assistant on a top TV show to a Tech CEO and 911 dispatcher, the film shines a light on the ways in which we can shift our culture and rebuild. 


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Netflix’s First Inclusion Report Cites Progress, Acknowledges Need to Improve Recruitment of Hispanics

Courtesy of Netflix

Netflix has released its first inclusion report, in which the company details its strategy to improve diversity and where they have fallen short. Netflix’s VP of inclusion strategy said in the report, “We could do a much better job at recruiting Hispanic or Latinx and other underrepresented folks into all areas of our company, particularly our leadership.” Read their inclusion report and find our about what they plan to do to increase diversity within the company here.

JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH In Theaters on February 12th & Available on HBO Max!

Judas And The Black Messiah” by director Shaka King will be in theaters on February 12th as well as available on HBO Max for 31 days after theatrical release. 


FBI informant William O'Neal (LaKeith Stanfield) infiltrates the Illinois Black Panther Party and is tasked with keeping tabs on their charismatic leader, Chairman Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya). A career thief, O'Neal revels in the danger of manipulating both his comrades and his handler, Special Agent Roy Mitchell (Jesse Plemons). Hampton's political prowess grows just as he's falling in love with fellow revolutionary Deborah Johnson (Dominique Fishback). Meanwhile, a battle wages for O'Neal's soul. Will he align with the forces of good? Or subdue Hampton and The Panthers by any means, as FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover (Martin Sheen) commands?

Watch the official trailer here.

Announcing the California Arts Council Administrators of Color Fellows and Host Organizations

The School of Arts & Culture at the Mexican Heritage Plaza (SOAC), an Administering Organization of the California Arts Council, today announced the inaugural cohort of Fellows and Host Organizations for the California Arts Council Administrators of Color Fellowship program. 

Individual arts administrators and cultural organizations will participate in a nine-month professional development fellowship committed to expanding equity in the arts and community engagement beginning this month. Read more here.

Netflix Employees Discuss

"Being Latino, There Is No One Size Fits All"

Courtesy of Netflix

Watch the Netflix US employees discuss their Latino identities, their different cultures, and diverse costumes in the Netflix YouTube video titled “Being Latino, There Is No One Size Fits All”. 

Watch the video here.

Bay Area Video Coalition Announces MediaMaker Fellowship Program

The BAVC MediaMaker Fellowship Program is a 10-week program devoted to supporting documentary filmmakers grappling with critical issues of our time through the use of bold cinematic language and innovative impact strategies. Applications are now open and the deadline to apply is February 14th, 2021. Learn more about the program and the eligibility requirements here.