Television Academy Joins Got Your 6 Storytellers Events November 5 and 10 To Help Put Spotlight On Veterans Issues
Washington, DC (November 4, 2015) — The Television Academy is partnering on Storytellers, a Veterans Day-timed event produced by Got Your 6, the national campaign that works to bridge the civilian-military divide.
The Television Academy hopes its participation will increase awareness of the Got Your 6 campaign with a critical audience for the nonprofit: top television creators, writers, producers, studio and network executives, and performers.
Got Your 6 Storytellers events showcase veterans utilizing their unique skillset and military experience to strengthen communities across America, while also celebrating the producers and creators working to tell those stories.
“The Got Your 6 Storytellers events align with the Television Academy’s mission to foster diverse voices and narratives on television,” said Television Academy President and COO Maury McIntyre. “These events represent a dynamic platform on which to connect veterans with the creative community, with the goal of inspiring television that explores the stories of the men and women of the military in thought-provoking and meaningful ways.”
Bicoastal for the first time, the third annual Got Your 6 Storytellers East event, Thursday, November 5 at the HBO Theatre in New York, features Academy Award-winning producer Bruce Cohen (“American Beauty,” “Silver Linings Playbook”), Marine veteran and actor J.W. Cortes (“Gotham”), and Army veteran Danielle Green among many others.
In Los Angeles on Tuesday, November 10 at Paramount Pictures Studios’ Sherry Lansing Theatre. Storytellers West will feature Charlie Ebersol, CEO and founder of The Company, and former Seattle Seahawks player Nate Boyer to name a few. The onstage program will also spotlight the work of filmmaker Henry Hughes, a former paratrooper with the 173rd Airborne who conducted two combat tours in Afghanistan, and won multiple awards this year (including the Television Academy Foundation’s College Television Award) for his personal experience-inspired AFI film, “Day One.” During the event, these inspirational veterans will each deliver short talks or lead discussions in their field of expertise. The complete lineup for each event can be found on GotYour6.org.
“The mission of Got Your 6 is to bridge the civilian-military divide, and one of the most important ways we do that is by speaking to television and film creators, and giving them the tools to normalize their portrayal of veterans,” said Rob Gordon, President of Be The Change, the parent organization of Got Your 6. “There is no more respected entity in television than the Television Academy, so we are truly honored and elated to add this esteemed organization to produce Storytellers. This is more than a nonprofit partnership: it’s an incredible opportunity for veterans to speak directly to the writers, producers, studio executives and performers who create popular media.”
About Got Your 6
Got Your 6 is a campaign that unites veteran-focused 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. Since 2013, Got Your 6 has distributed grants totaling more than $4 million to a dozen veteran-focused non-profit partners. For more information visit www.gotyour6.org. Be the Change, Inc., an independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, is the organizing body and fiscal sponsor of Got Your 6.
About The Television Academy
The Television Academy seeks to constantly expand the horizons of television excellence. It strives to empower the storytellers who shape the constantly evolving television space through the programs publications and events of the Academy and its Foundation. And it celebrates those who have led excellence by recording their stories and recognizing their achievements through accolades and awards, including television’s most coveted prize, the Primetime Emmy® Award. For more information please visit TelevisionAcademy.com.