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George Clooney Is Starting a Film School With Mindy Kaling, Don Cheadle & More!

George Clooney Is Starting a Film School With Mindy Kaling, Don Cheadle & More!

George Clooney can add “founder of a school” to his ever-growing resume.

So can Mindy Kaling, Don Cheadle, Kerry Washington and Eva Longoria too.

It was announced today that the five actors will be co-founding a school together for those interested in career paths in Hollywood.

Click inside to read more about the school and its offerings inside…

George, Mindy, Don, Eva and Kerry, along with Grant Heslov, Nicole Avant, Working Title Films founders Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, and Creative Artists Agency (CAA) co-chairman Bryan Lourd are in the middle of funding a specialized Los Angeles high school with the goal of creating a “pipeline of diverse, career-ready young people” for Hollywood jobs, particularly below-the-line roles.

Called the Roybal School of Film and Television Production, it will be part of the LA school district and at the moment, is set to launch in Fall 2022.

It is described as a specialized academy housed within the Edward R. Roybal Learning Center, and “will provide Los Angeles Unified teachers with access to renowned storytellers, along with industry professionals and experts, and support students with a robust academic education and practical training, establishing a clear pathway to good-paying jobs.”

The press release about the school adds that the “inaugural program, to be overseen by Principal Blanca Cruz, will feature specifically designed curriculum developed to meet the standards prescribed by the state of California and the University of California system.”

“In addition, students will receive real-world experience through a dedicated internship initiative. The Roybal School of Film and Television Production will start with ninth- and 10th-grade students and include Grades 11 and 12 over the next two years, with potential opportunity to expand the pilot program to more schools throughout the Los Angeles area.”

The founding members will serve on the Roybal School of Film and Television Production Advisory Board, “lending their expertise and support to build a more inclusive pipeline of career-ready talent for the film and television industry.”

George says of the school’s mission and intention, “Our aim is to better reflect the diversity of our country. That means starting early. It means creating high school programs that teach young people about cameras, and editing and visual effects and sound and all the career opportunities that this industry has to offer. It means internships that lead to well-paying careers. It means understanding that we’re all in this together.”

“Everyone involved with this effort understands the need to create points of access: access to resources, information, skills, and mentorship,” Nicole added. “It is our hope that every guild and company across the entertainment industry landscape joins our efforts to build a bridge to opportunity.”

Here’s the latest we know about George‘s upcoming film, Ticket to Paradise.

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