Dan Lin’s manufacturing company Rideback, recognized for producing The Lego Movie and It franchises, such tentpoles as Disney’s Aladdin, and sequence tv together with The CW’s hit Walker, in the present day introduced the launch of Rideback Rise, a brand new non-profit accelerator that may assist BIPOC writers, filmmakers and entrepreneurs within the growth of movie, tv, digital and audio content material.
The Rideback Rise program will encompass two teams. The first, referred to as the Rise Circle, will likely be a rising neighborhood of greater than 500 various writers, filmmakers and inventive expertise supported by way of career-oriented programming and networking occasions. The second, below the banner of the Rise Fellowship, will likely be a cohort of BIPOC creators and entrepreneurs chosen every year for monetary assist within the growth of market-ready movie, tv, digital and audio leisure.
While Rideback Rise will function as a separate group from the Rideback manufacturing entity, program contributors will profit from the affiliation to Rideback, together with the use of the Rideback Ranch inventive campus and efficiency space in LA’s Historic Filipinotown and entry to Rideback’s ongoing instructional and networking occasions and programming. Rise Fellows will obtain a $50,000 annual stipend and are eligible to entry an Intellectual Property Fund for underlying rights to materials in addition to a Visuals Fund to create displays and reels for his or her tasks. They will work intently with one another, using a collaborative writers’ room method, and can moreover have the ability to entry senior executives and inventive professionals from all through the Rideback neighborhood. Once they full this system, Fellows are free to arrange their tasks with the manufacturing and/or financing entity of their alternative. Rise will stay a passive participant within the lifetime of the project, and all charges generated from tasks will likely be reinvested within the Rise program to assist future cohorts.
The registered 501(c)(3) is launching with greater than $1 million in commitments from main philanthropic establishments, together with the Ford Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Zelnick Belzberg Charitable Trust, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, and UTA Foundation. Rideback is on the identical time looking for extra funders to shut out its 2022 Rise funding purpose because it begins choosing Fellows for a Fall 2022 begin, having itself injected $150K and 1000+ hours of time into the event of the initiative.
BIPOC-identifying creators might apply on to grow to be Rise Fellows by way of http://www.ridebackrise.org, which is able to start accepting functions on September 1. The program will formally kick off on October 15 with the announcement of the primary cohort.
Dan Lin will function Chair of the Rise Board of Directors. The preliminary Board at launch contains Brickson Diamond, Partner at Spencer Stuart and Founder of The Blackhouse Foundation; Alice Rhee, Chief Communications & Partnerships Officer at Skoll Foundation; and Strauss Zelnick, Chairman and CEO of Take Two Interactive and Managing Partner at Zelnick Media Capital.
“When I started my career, first as a creative executive and then as an entrepreneur, I benefited from the mentorship and generosity of leaders in both a formal and informal way,” mentioned Rideback’s founder and CEO Lin. “Industry leaders such as Alan Horn, Lorenzo DiBonaventura, Jeff Robinov and Peter Roth guided me in an era long before the industry’s recent racial reckoning. But they took a bet on helping a 25-year-old intern from Taiwan who had no connections in Hollywood. With Rideback Rise, We are building a system of support and mentorship for creators and entrepreneurs alike, to help the next generation of leaders who are creating content and businesses that will help build bridges and advance racial equity.”
Continued Lin, “Though we’ve seen an incremental improvement for diversity on and off screen, people of color remain massively underrepresented, and this inequity perpetuates the racial divide in American society. Rise is dedicated to lifting up those exceptional creative voices that get fewer chances, whether they are Asian, Black, Hispanic and Indigenous, for example, or whether they are Muslim or another underrepresented group. Our goal is to empower these creators to make popular entertainment that reflects our multicultural society so we can help improve racial equity in America.”
Said Lin in closing: “At Rideback, we’ve built a strong community of like-minded creators who believe in giving back and helping the next generation. It’s a natural next step to contribute all that we’ve learned and to partner with the non-profit sector to establish Rise. We are very grateful to our friends at the Ford Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Zelnick Belzberg Charitable Trust, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art and UTA Foundation who share our vision for combating ‘otherness’ and creating a more empathic world.”
“We are thrilled to work with Rideback Rise and other creative partners in entertainment and philanthropy who share our mission of advancing equity,” mentioned Chi-hui Yang, who serves as senior program officer for JustFilms on the Ford Foundation. “The work that creatives do, both on screen and off, help color our understanding of our communities and the world at large. It’s essential that production teams, studios, and more reflect the diversity of our society.”
“The rapidly changing media ecosystem, including entertainment, requires an infrastructure and professional creatives that reflect the democratic ideals of a multiracial, multiethnic America,” remarked the MacArthur Foundation’s Director of Media and Journalism, Kathy Im. “Rideback Rise will help build the community, collaboration, and support necessary to center equity in the entertainment industry.”
“For far too long, mainstream media has overlooked the rich perspectives and representation of culturally diverse creators,” added Zeyba Rahman, who serves as program director for the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art’s Building Bridges Program. “We are excited to support Rideback Rise and their goal to elevate the voices that have often been minimized and provide resources to those creators to tell stories. We look forward to how they will advance racial equity and social change, deepen cross-community connections and truly embody what the U.S. looks like today.”
Founded by Lin in 2007, Rideback’s movies have grossed greater than $5B worldwide. The company is presently in post on Easter Sunday for Amblin Partners, starring Filipino-American comic Jo Koy; and on Disney’s movie Haunted Mansion based mostly on the favored theme park attraction, which stars Tiffany Haddish, Owen Wilson, Rosario Dawson, LaKeith Stanfield and Danny DeVito. In tv, it’s presently in manufacturing on Walker Season 3 and the primary season of the brand new CW prequel sequence Walker: Independence. Both titles made with CBS Studios are set to air on Thursdays this fall. Rideback can also be presently taking pictures the brand new, live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender movie for Netflix, and is in pre-production on the Hulu sequence Interior Chinatown, based mostly on Charles Yu’s acclaimed novel of the identical identify.