Sponsors and Grantors
Sag-Aftra Producers Industry Advancement and Cooperative Fund provides educational and informational assistance to performers and producers that improve and promote the organization, advancement and standards of the entertainment industry.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 10,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, opening April 30, 2021.
Starz, a Lionsgate company (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B), is a leading global media and entertainment company that produces and distributes premium streaming content to worldwide audiences across subscription television platforms. Starz is home to the flagship domestic STARZ® brand, STARZ ENCORE, 17 premium pay TV channels and the associated on-demand and online services, including the highly rated STARZ app. With the launch of the STARZPLAY international premium streaming platform and STARZ PLAY Arabia, Starz is expanding its global footprint in a growing number of territories. Sold through multichannel video distributors, including cable operators, satellite television providers, telecommunications companies, and other online and digital platforms, Starz offers subscribers more than 7,500 distinct premium television episodes and feature films, including STARZ Original series, first-run movies and other popular programming.
Leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA) represents many of the most successful and innovative professionals working in film, television, music, video games, theatre, and digital content, and provides a range of strategic marketing and consulting services to corporate clients. CAA is also a leader in sports, representing more than 1,700 of the world’s top athletes in football, baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, and golf, and works in the areas of broadcast rights, corporate marketing initiatives, licensing, and sports properties for sales and sponsorship opportunities.
The Motion Picture Association, Inc. (MPA) serves as the global voice and advocate of the film, television, and streaming content industry. It works in every corner of the world to advance the creative industry, protect its members’ content across all screens, defend the creative and artistic freedoms of storytellers, and support innovative distribution models that bring an expansion of viewing choices to audiences everywhere and on any screen.
As the leading Hispanic media company in the U.S., Univision Communications Inc. entertains, informs and empowers U.S. Hispanics with news, sports and entertainment content across broadcast and cable television, audio and digital platforms. The company’s top-rated media portfolio includes the Univision and UniMás broadcast networks, as well as cable networks TUDN and Galavisión. Locally, Univision owns or operates 65 television stations in major U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico. Additionally, Uforia, the Home of Latin Music, encompasses 58 owned or operated radio stations, plus 89 affiliates, a live event series and a robust digital audio footprint. The company’s prominent digital assets include Univision.com, streaming service Univision Now, the largest Hispanic influencer network and several top-rated apps. For more information, explore our site.
ViacomCBS delivers premium content to audiences across traditional and emerging platforms worldwide.Through television, streaming and digital content, studio production, publishing, live events, merchandise and more, we connect with billions of people.
El Rey Network is an American television network founded by Robert Rodriguez that launched on December 15, 2013 and is owned in a joint venture with Univision and Cox Communications. Targeting a Hispanic American audience, the network specializes in grindhouse-style content. As of March 2015, approximately 40 million households receive El Rey Network.
Netflix is the world's leading streaming entertainment service with 193 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.
Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) is a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967. CPB is the steward of the federal government’s investment in public broadcasting and the largest single source of funding for public radio, television, and related online and mobile services. CPB’s mission is to ensure universal access to non-commercial, high-quality content and telecommunications services. It does so by distributing more than 70% of its funding to more than 1,500 locally owned public radio and television stations.
PBS, with more than 330 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and digital content. Each month, PBS reaches over 120 million people through television and 26 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS’ broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry’s most coveted award competitions. Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. Decades of research confirms that PBS’ premier children’s media service, PBS KIDS, helps children build critical literacy, math and social-emotional skills, enabling them to find success in school and life. Delivered through member stations, PBS KIDS offers high-quality educational content on TV – including a 24/7 channel, online at pbskids.org, via an array of mobile apps and in communities across America. More information about PBS is available at www.pbs.org, one of the leading dot-org websites on the internet, or by following PBS on Twitter, Facebook or through our apps for mobile and connected devices.
Endemol Shine Boomdog was formed in November 2017, when Endemol Shine North America merged its Spanish language division Endemol Shine Latino with Mexico City-based production company Boomdog. The newly combined studio, which has offices and production facilities in Mexico City, Miami and Los Angeles, is focused on developing and producing scripted and unscripted content for the U.S. Hispanic and Mexican TV markets. Endemol Shine Boomdog currently has numerous hit shows and projects in development across myriad networks/platforms including Netflix, Amazon, Televisa, Univision, Telemundo, Azteca, HBO, MTV, Comedy Central and more.
As the first truly modern media company, AT&T has been changing the way people live, work and play for the past 144 years. It started with Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone. Since then, our legacy of innovation has included the invention of the transistor – the building block of today’s digital world – as well as the solar cell, the communications satellite and machine learning.
Sundance Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the discovery and development of independent artists and audiences. Through its programs, the Institute seeks to discover, support, and inspire independent film, media, and theatre artists from the United States and around the world, and to introduce audiences to their new work.
Paramount Pictures Corporation produces filmed entertainment services. The Company offers interactive gaming applications through digital distribution sites, as well as allows movie fans access to sharing movie clips. Paramount Pictures sells, markets, and distributes DVDs and blu-ray discs for films and television shows internationally.
Nickelodeon Global Writing Program is one of the best in the biz. Consider the facts: alum have gone on to create their own Nickelodeon shows and write for all sorts of TV series and films. While in the Program, writers meet our series creators, work in writers’ rooms, and receive hands-on experience writing spec scripts and pitching story ideas in both live-action and animated television. Basically, they write a lot and do cool things, all while being provided a salary! There are two creative avenues to pursue: the General Track (up to 1 year) and the Preschool Track (6-months). The Preschool Track was created to develop writers specifically interested in writing and/or creating shows for the preschool demographic. You bring the smart, funny, engaging stories and characters, and they will help you bring the preschool.
The Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) is a labor union representing writers of motion pictures, television, radio, and Internet programming, including news and documentaries. Founded in 1933, the Guild negotiates and administers contracts that protect the creative and economic rights of its members. It is involved in a wide range of programs that advance the interests of writers, and is active in public policy and legislative matters on the local, national, and international levels. For more information on the WGAW
Facebook builds technologies that help people connect with friends and family, find communities, and grow businesses.
They are a global media and entertainment brand portfolio that finds, cultivates, illuminates and markets entertainment content to worldwide audiences. A+E Networks® is a collection of culture brands that includes A&E®, HISTORY®, Lifetime®, LMN™, FYI,™, Vice TV and BIOGRAPHY®. They are in seven out of 10 American homes, cumulatively reach 335 million people worldwide and have 500+ million digital users. They are in the story business and just as the industry and art form have evolved, so have they. Since our founding in 1983 with just two cable channels, they have grown into a multi-platform, multimedia, multi-genre content creator. Their brands have points of view they proudly champion and defend. They got to where they are by being great listeners, innovators and idea movers, specializing in the human experience.
Latino Public Broadcasting is the leader of the development, production, acquisition and distribution of non-commercial educational and cultural media that is representative of Latino people, or addresses issues of particular interest to Latino Americans. These programs are produced for dissemination to the public broadcasting stations and other public telecommunication entities. LPB provides a voice to the diverse Latino community on public media throughout the United States.
SAGindie promotes the working relationship between professional actors and passionate independent filmmakers. Since its formation in 1997, SAGindie has been traveling to film festivals, trade shows, and conventions spreading the word: Just because your film isn’t produced by a studio doesn’t mean you can’t use professional talent. As a free resource, SAGindie offers filmmakers clarity and kinship by guiding them through the SAG-AFTRA signatory process, making it even easier to hire professional actors, regardless of budget. SAGindie is made possible by a grant from the SAG-AFTRA Producers Industry Advancement & Cooperative Fund.
Endeavour Foundation is an independent, for purpose organisation established in 1951 with a vision to support people with an intellectual disability to live their best life – starting with equal access to education and life-skills learning. Today we focus on ability – on dreams, goals and potential. We collaborate with our customers to imagine the possibilities and then work together to make them happen. We strive to deliver a quality service by embedding safeguards and a human rights framework into all we do.
To inform and inspire with real stories from around the world.
Established by the State of California in 1976, the California Arts Council is a state agency with a mission of strengthening arts, culture, and creative expression as the tools to cultivate a better California for all. We are California’s only public arts grants provider with funding that is accessible to all 58 counties. As a state agency, we support local arts infrastructure and programming statewide through grants, programs, and services. The arts sector is large and diverse and its businesses and workforce are a significant contributor to our state economy and identity. California is home to 11,563 nonprofit arts organizations and our state’s creative sector accounts for $18.67 billion in assets and 15.4% of California’s total employment.
They are a media company focused on financing and producing content for the growing US Latino market. Empower Latino culture through Film, TV, and Digital.
As a leading, progressive arts and cultural agency, DCA empowers Los Angeles’s vibrant communities by supporting and providing access to quality visual, literary, musical, performing, and educational arts programming; managing vital cultural centers; preserving historic sites; creating public art; and funding services provided by arts organizations and individual artists.
NALIP is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Department of Arts and Culture.The mission of the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture is to advance arts, culture, and creativity throughout LA County. We provide leadership, services, and support in areas including grants and technical assistance for nonprofit organizations, countywide arts education initiatives, commissioning and care for civic art collections, research and evaluation, access to creative pathways, professional development, free community programs, and cross sector creative strategies that address civic issues. All of this work is framed by our longstanding commitment to fostering access to the arts, and the County’s Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative.
Media Services is an entertainment payroll, production accounting and software enterprise with over 40 years’ experience in the United States and abroad. With a dedicated focus on providing resources and information for clients and future clients alike, Media Services was the first entertainment payroll firm to establish its own line of proprietary software, which includes Showbiz Budgeting, Showbiz Timecards and the digital Showbiz Labor Guide, among others.
Final Draft was co-founded in 1990 by Marc Madnick and Ben Cahan, who recognized that Hollywood lacked a word-processor capable of automatically formatting a script to the entertainment industry’s stringent standards. This led to the creation of Final Draft, a fully dedicated screenwriting software application that automatically formats your script to Hollywood’s industry standards.
As storytellers ourselves, we bring ideas to life through creativity, strategy and talent. We are a production partner for leading brands that want to tell captivating and impactful stories people seek out and share – those that entertain, not interrupt. Our network of award-winning directors and producers is as diverse as the number of mediums available through which to
Tito’s Handmade Vodka is America’s Original Craft Vodka. In 1995, Bert “Tito” Beveridge obtained the first legal permit to distill in Texas and created Tito’s Handmade Vodka. The vodka is batch distilled, crafted in old-fashioned pot stills and made from corn making it naturally gluten free. Tito’s Handmade Vodka is distilled and bottled by Fifth Generation Inc. in Austin, Texas.
The leader in Cognac, the Maison Hennessy has shined around the world with its exceptional know-how for more than 250 years. Built on founder Richard Hennessy’s spirit of conquest, the brand is present in more than 160 countries. Based in the heart of the Charente region, Hennessy is also a steadfast pillar of the regional economy.
Based in Park City, Utah, Skullcandy is the original lifestyle audio brand that lives by its mission to not just listen to music but to feel it. Founded with a belief in the bond between music and board sports, Skullcandy drives innovation in audio experiences from groundbreaking, immersive technology in our headphones to once in a lifetime music events featuring emerging artists that inspire and move our culture forward.
In 2020, M88 was launched to support and amplify the next generation of artists and cultural leaders. The independently operated representation firm, led by President and Managing Partner Phillip Sun and Partners Oronde Garrett and Gaby Mena, represents storytellers, actors, writers and multi-hyphenates.
Our artists and creators push culture through collaboration, fearlessness and innovation. We promise to tirelessly advocate for the new ideas and paradigms that reflect the diverse and dynamic world in which we live.