Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, A WRINKLE IN TIME director Ava DuVernay, and IT producer Dan Lin have launched the Evolve Entertainment Fund to promote inclusion in Hollywood. From Variety:
“When ‘Oscars So White’ and ‘Time’s Up’ put a spotlight on inequality in Hollywood, they captured the frustrations of people shut out of opportunity in what the world knows as L.A.’s signature industry,” said Garcetti. “We created the Evolve Entertainment Fund to give people in underserved communities a new opportunity to chase their dreams in Hollywood — whether they want to be the next award-winning director or screenwriter, or are looking to secure a future in below-the-line jobs that are the bedrock of this city’s middle class.”
The fund is a public-private partnership aimed at including communities that have been historically excluded from the entertainment industry. It was unveiled Monday at a news conference at Rideback Ranch — Lin’s rebranded production company — in the Filipinotown District west of downtown Los Angeles. Lin, whose credits include “It” and “The Lego Movie,” revealed that the new space on Beverly Boulevard will also serve as home to filmmakers Phil Lord and Chris Miller along with David Ayer’s Cedar Park production company.
DuVernay announced at the event that she’s opening a new headquarters for her Array Entertainment in the same area on Glendale Boulevard.
The Evolve fund is an alliance between the City of Los Angeles, industry leaders in entertainment and digital media, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions. The EEF has already secured 150 paid summer internships for students participating in the Hire LA’s Youth program — partnering with leading entertainment and digital media organizations that include DreamWorks Animation, Ryan Murphy Television, Film Independent, Creative Artists Agency (CAA), Kobe Bryant’s Granity Studios, and Anonymous Content…
“As we radically reimagine Hollywood, it is critically important that young people are included in our vision,” said DuVernay, founder of Array Entertainment and EEF co-chair. “Real change happens when we take tangible action — and that means giving young women and people of color opportunities in the industry early on, so they have the chance to shape its future.”
“Rideback is proud to join Mayor Garcetti and EEF to increase diversity in the entertainment industry,” said Lin, CEO of Rideback and an EEF Advisory Committee member. He noted that he came to the U.S. as a Taiwanese immigrant given his first job through an internship with Lorenzo di Bonaventura.
“After 20 years in the business, it’s time for me to give back,” Lin said. “A more diverse mix of people and stories is essential for the future of our industry. We look forward to working alongside our colleagues to make EEF flourish and to launching new opportunities for young people of all backgrounds to join our industry.”