Broadcast Partner TNT and TBS Join as First Time Gala Co-Sponsor
(LOS ANGELES, CA, December 12, 2017)—Time Inc.’s PEOPLE and the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) will partner once again to co-host the official SAG Awards® Post-Show Gala, held immediately following the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards on Sunday, January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles on a transformed Shrine Auditorium stage. This is the 22nd year that PEOPLE and EIF have united on the Gala, which honors the charitable efforts of actors in their communities and make an annual donation to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation.
The 24th Annual SAG Awards, hosted by Kristen Bell, will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT. For the first time, TNT and TBS will join PEOPLE and EIF as an official sponsor of the SAG Awards Post-Show Gala. Tony Schubert of Event Eleven, a world-class, end-to-end production company will design and produce the Gala for the 10th consecutive year.
PEOPLE and EIF have collaborated on a variety of causes for more than a decade. Through their combined contributions, PEOPLE and EIF support three SAG-AFTRA Foundation programs over the course of 2014-2019: Storyline Online, a free, streaming digital library of children’s literacy videos, the Catastrophic Health Fund, financial grants for eligible SAG-AFTRA members and their dependents who suffer from catastrophic illness or injury, and the Scholarship Program for SAG-AFTRA artists in need of real support.
“We are honored to once again partner with EIF in support of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s important initiatives in the entertainment community and are thrilled to welcome the additional collaboration of TNT and TBS to the Gala,” said Jess Cagle, editor in chief, PEOPLE. “PEOPLE has a long history of celebrating the philanthropic efforts of Hollywood and supporting those charitable initiatives on all our platforms."
“Over our 75-year history, the Entertainment Industry Foundation has been privileged to work with a powerful community of actors who help us raise awareness and maximize our impact,” said Chris Silbermann, EIF board chair. “EIF is honored to work with PEOPLE and the SAG-AFTRA Foundation to show our heartfelt appreciation to these actors who are tireless advocates for charitable giving and committed supporters of EIF’s initiatives, including Stand Up To Cancer.”
“This year’s SAG Awards and Gala will be unlike any other year and we felt that it was important to extend TNT & TBS’ support of storytellers in their creative and philanthropic endeavors,” said Michael Bloom, senior vice president of unscripted series and specials for TBS & TNT. “We look forward to joining PEOPLE and EIF in toasting all of the talent in-front of and behind the screen on this special night to honor the advocacy and charitable contributions of this community.”
As a nonprofit, all SAG-AFTRA Foundation programs and resources are made possible through gifts, grants and sponsorships from generous supporters like PEOPLE and EIF.
“PEOPLE and EIF have been such incredible supporters of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation programming for performing artists. Their support has aided our scholarship program as well as our catastrophic health fund for artists which are two significant assistance programs of the Foundation that have helped so many families in need,” said Cyd Wilson, SAG-AFTRA Foundation Executive Director. “And, our children’s literacy program, Storyline Online, reaches millions of children every month due in great part to the support we have received from People and EIF over the years. This year, we launched a redesigned site with a brand new, free app for all mobile devices. We also released several new videos featuring incredible actors like Viola Davis, Lily Tomlin, Chris Pine, Justin Theroux all reading children’s books aloud. Storyline Online impacts children all over the world, and we couldn’t have built this incredible, free resource without the support of EIF and People.”
For more than 32 years, the Foundation has granted more than $19 million in financial and medical assistance to SAG-AFTRA members and families. Additionally, the nonprofit has offered over 7,600 free educational workshops, panels and classes to SAG-AFTRA artists nationwide.
ABOUT SAG-AFTRA Foundation PROGRAMS
Storyline Online is an award-winning children’s literacy resource featuring beloved actors reading children’s literature alongside creatively produced and enhanced original illustrations. Storyline Online currently receives nearly 12 million views a month in 228 countries and territories, having read to more than 300 million children worldwide.
The Catastrophic Health Fund provides financial grants to eligible SAG-AFTRA members who suffer from catastrophic illness or injury and, no longer able to work, need assistance with insurance premiums and/or significant medical costs.
The Foundation’s Scholarship Program awards $400,000 in scholarships annually to eligible SAG-AFTRA members and their dependents to pursue higher education. In addition, PEOPLE and EIF are donors to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s state-of-the-art voiceover lab in New York, named the EIF Voiceover Lab, which provides free voiceover workshops and recording time in professionally equipped sound booths to thousands of union voice actors.
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Founded in 1942, the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) is a multifaceted organization that occupies a unique place in the world of philanthropy. By mobilizing and leveraging the powerful voice and creative talents of the entertainment industry, as well as cultivating the support of organizations (public and private) and philanthropists committed to social responsibility, EIF builds awareness and raises funds, developing and enhancing programs on the local, national and global level that facilitate positive social change. Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), a division of EIF and its largest program, raises funds to accelerate the pace of research to get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now. For more information, visit www.eifoundation.org.
ABOUT SAG-AFTRA FOUNDATION
In 2017, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation celebrates 32 years of giving back to the professionals of SAG-AFTRA, their families and communities. The Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides vital assistance and free educational programming to the professionals of SAG-AFTRA while serving the public at large through its signature children’s literacy program. The SAG-AFTRA Foundation relies solely on support from gifts, grants and sponsorships to maintain its free programs. Visit sagaftra.foundation.
ABOUT 24TH ANNUAL SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS®
The 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® presented by SAG-AFTRA with Screen Actors Guild Awards, LLC and hosted by Kristen Bell, will be produced by Avalon Harbor Entertainment. Inc. and will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, January. 21, 2018 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT. TBS and TNT subscribers can also watch the SAG Awards live through the networks' websites and mobile apps. Additionally, TNT will present a special encore broadcast of the ceremony at 11 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. PT.
One of the awards season’s premier events, the SAG Awards® annually celebrates the outstanding motion pictures and television performances from the previous calendar year. Of the top industry honors presented to actors, only the SAG Awards are selected entirely by performers’ more than 160,000 peers in SAG-AFTRA. The SAG Awards was the first televised awards show to acknowledge the work of union members and the first to present awards to motion picture casts and television ensembles. For more information about the SAG Awards®, SAG-AFTRA, TNT and TBS, visit sagawards.org/about.
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