Los Angeles (CBSLA) – An impressive number of Hollywood’s elites are joining forces to train students in underserved Los Angeles communities for jobs in the entertainment industry.
George Clooney, Eva Longoria, Kerry Washington, Don Cheadle, Mindy Kaling are among the actors who will serve as the founding advisory board of the Roybal School of Film and Television Production. The new magnet school will open in fall 2022 and will be housed in the Edward R. Roybal Learning Center in downtown Los Angeles.
The school will connect industry experts and experts with students pursuing careers in the entertainment industry.
“Physics is involved in a cameraman’s choice of lens, math is part of the foundation of a musical score in a movie, critical thinking is required to design a set, screenwriters need a foundation in literacy, and makeup artists need a foundation Know the chemistry of the various materials they might use – all of this will be built into the school curriculum, “Superintendent Austin Beutner said in a statement. “We are thrilled to have these amazing industry leaders helping give children in the Los Angeles area a chance.”
Hollywood has come under fire in recent years for its lack of diversity, even with its epicenter in Los Angeles, one of the most diverse cities in the world. The goal of the new magnet school is to create a more diverse pipeline into the entertainment business.
“Our goal is to better reflect the diversity of our country. That means starting early. It means developing high school programs that teach young people about cameras, editing, visual effects and sound, and all of the career opportunities this industry has to offer, ”said Clooney. Clooney said in a statement.
CAA Co-Chair Bryan Lourd added, “The combination of education and hands-on training opens up life-changing opportunities.”
Producer and former US Ambassador to the Bahamas, Nicole Avant, said, “Everyone involved in this effort understands the need to create points of entry: access to resources, information, skills and mentoring.”
The new magnet school will start with ninth and tenth grade students and will be expanded to include juniors and seniors over the next two years. School officials say the program could be rolled out to other schools in the Los Angeles area.