Got Your 6 Announces New Slate of “6 Certified” Projects, Honoring Film and Television Content that Thoughtfully Portrays Veterans
Los Angeles, Calif. – (November 10, 2015) – Got Your 6 announced today the second round of “6 Certified” projects, in celebration of content that normalizes the depiction of veterans.
Projects to receive “6 Certified” status include the feature film “Jurassic World,” and episodes and seasons of the television series “Gotham,” “BoJack Horseman,” and “Madam Secretary,” among others. Full list of honoree statements below.
The latest slate of “6 Certified” projects was announced at Got Your 6 Storytellers West, the first Los Angeles iteration of the newly-bicoastal Got Your 6 Storytellers events, which showcase veterans who are utilizing their unique skillset and military experience to strengthen communities across America while also celebrating the content creators working to tell those stories.
“Through ‘6 Certified,” Got Your 6 is countering the misconceptions about veterans that persist in popular media by elevating content that portrays veterans reasonably and accurately,” said Rob Gordon, President of Be The Change, the parent organization of Got Your 6. “Our veterans, and their families, are civic assets for the nation. This latest group of ‘6 Certified’ projects is helping to advance a more reality-based and asset-focused narrative.”
Got Your 6 announced the following projects to be awarded with “6 Certified” status:
“BoJack Horseman” (Season 1, Episode 2) – This episode of the animated sitcom uses comedy to describe veterans not just as heroes, but as diverse, multi-dimensional characters, reflective of society at large. Netflix
“Gotham” (Season 1) – This American crime drama presents a fully realized and multidimensional veteran character, following protagonist James Gordon, a special forces veteran who utilizes the skills he gained in service to rid Gotham City of crime. Fox
“Jurassic World” – This blockbuster hit film, part of the “Jurassic Park” franchise, stars Chris Pratt, who plays a Navy veteran who uses his unique training from military service to protect humans from escaped dinosaurs. The character’s veteran service is not a central part of his storyline, but rather a component of a fully realized, multidimensional character. Universal Pictures
“Lone Target” (Season 1, Episode 4) – This reality TV chase-and-action series stars Navy SEAL veteran Joel Lambert as he eludes the world’s most elite military and law enforcement tracking teams using diversionary tactics and evasion techniques gleaned from years of military training. Discovery Networks International/American Heroes Channel
“Madam Secretary” (Season 1, Episode 2) – On this episode of the American political drama, the husband of the United States Secretary of State teaches military ethics at the U.S. Army War College, and uses his training to both educate and empower his students to wage good. CBS
“This Old House” (Season 34, Episode 26) – On this episode of the highly successful, time tested home improvement series, the community comes together for a specially adapted project for a veteran home and shines a light on the capabilities of amputees, such as hand cycling and triathlon competitions, rather than treating these veterans as charity cases. PBS
“Triumph Games” – This new, yearly competition series celebrates the success stories of 12 world class veteran athletes, while challenging them in unique sports and locations, including a triathlon, e-sports and motor sports. Each episode highlights the resourcefulness and resilience of veterans, as they navigate intense training sessions, develop relationships with top coaches in the nation, and engage with fans. CBS Sports
The “6 Certified” program was announced earlier this year at an event featuring First Lady Michelle Obama, and was created to encourage industry executives and content creators to challenge the stereotypical depiction of veterans as broken heroes. By moving away from these negative narratives through the guidance of the “6 Certified” program, content creators can produce film and television that foster better understanding between veterans and military communities.
To become “6 Certified,” a project must contain a representative and balanced depiction of veterans and fulfill at least one of the following pledges:
DO YOUR HOMEWORK
Research or consult with real veterans, family members, or subject matter experts in an effort to create accurate representations
CAST A VETERAN
Hire a veteran actor to play a substantial role
HIRE A VETERAN WRITER
Employ a veteran writer to contribute to the narrative
PORTRAY A VETERAN CHARACTER
Develop a multi-dimensional veteran character
TELL A VETERAN STORY
Develop a narrative with meaningful and accurate veteran themes
USE VETERANS AS RESOURCES ON SET OR IN WRITERS’ ROOMS
Have veterans present for consultation throughout the filmmaking process
Once a project has met the eligibility requirements for certification, it may be submitted by a studio or production company for consideration once that project enters post-production. After submission, the project will be analyzed by the “6 Certified” Review Committee; a group of subject matter experts who review submissions for certification and grant “6 Certified” status. The current members of the “6 Certified” Review Committee are Rajiv Chandrasekaran, journalist and author; Bruce Cohen, producer of “American Beauty” and “Silver Linings Playbook”; Greg Silverman, president, creative development and worldwide production, Warner Bros. Pictures; Charlie Ebersol, president and CEO of The Company; Laura Law-Millet, Army veteran and Chief Operations Officer at the GI Film Group; and Major General (Ret) Sharon K.G. Dunbar, vice president, human resources, General Dynamics Mission Systems. Additional information on certification is available at http://www.gotyour6.org/6-certified/.
The “6 Certified” program is operated by Got Your 6, the national veterans campaign that works to bridge the civilian-military divide. Got Your 6 aims to shift the perception of veterans and to empower them to be leaders and civic assets upon their reintegration into civilian life. The campaign is named for the military term meaning “I’ve got your back.”
About Got Your 6
Got Your 6 is a campaign that unites nonprofit, Hollywood, and government partners. Got Your 6 believes that veterans are leaders, team builders and problem solvers who have the unique potential to strengthen communities across the country. As a coalition, Got Your 6 works to integrate these perspectives into popular culture, engage veterans and civilians together to foster understanding, and empower veterans to lead in their communities. For more information, visit www.gotyour6.org. Be the Change, Inc., an independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, is the organizing body of Got Your 6.