Hollywood Reporter's Philanthropy Issue: The Photographs
1:04 PM PDT 7/27/2011 by THR staff
The Hollywood Report photographed industry power players who use their money and talents to protect and support the arts, environment and education. Complete interviews and in-depth profiles are available in THR's latest issue.
From Left: Peter Morton, Lauren King, Lilly Tartikoff, Brian Grazer, Steve Tisch, Terry Semel, Michael Rubel, Peter Benedek, Bob Gersh and Jeremy Zimmer. Photographed by Joe Pugliese.
Ten Hollywood heavyweights have more in common than their careers in entertainment: They are all trustees of three of the city’s art museums. Semel, former CEO/chairman of Warner Bros. and Yahoo, and producers Tisch and Grazer sit on the board of the L.A. County Museum of Art. Philanthropist Tartikoff, Hard Rock founder Morton and interior designer King support the Museum of Contemporary Art. Gersh, co-president of the Gersh agency, CAA general counsel Rubel and UTA co-founders Benedek and Zimmer are on the Hammer Museum board.
Photo by: Art Streiber
Jeffrey Katzenberg, Sherry Lansing and Tom Sherak
Meet master fundraisers DreamWorks Animation CEO Katzenberg, left, former CEO of Paramount Lansing and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Sherak. "You have the same passion for your cause as you do for making a movie. And never taking no for an answer,” says Lansing of her work for her foundation, the Sherry Lansing Foundation and Stand Up to Cancer, which she co-founded. Photographed by Art Streiber.
Photo by: Autumn de Wilde
Kevin Reilly, Kelly Meyer and Norman Lear
Lear, right, co-founded the Environmental Media Association in 1989 because "the world didn't need another environmental group. All the bases were covered. But what all of the environmental groups needed was a mouthpiece to get the message out." Meyer heads the L.A. Leadership Council of the Natural Resources Defense Council, which has 350 lawyers dedicated to environmental issues. By the time Fox Entertainment president Reilly joined the EMA's board, he felt the environmental message first needed to be preached at home, where industry practices on recycling and using endangered woods "were really pretty pitiful." Photographed by Autumn de Wilde.
Photo by: Andrew Macpherson
The Guardian Angels
Kristin Davis and Kerry Washington
Actors Davis, left, and Washington are impacting the world through a wide variety of charities, from educating woman and girls about equality (Washington) to fighting global poverty and protecting elephants (Davis)."We must change our mind-set here about ivory. We simply don't question where it's coming from,” said Davis of her work on the board of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, which rescues orphaned elephants in Nairobi. Photographed by Andrew Macpherson.
Photo by: Ramona Rosales
Haim and Cheryl Saban
The husband and wife team focus their time and energy on providing quality healthcare, both here and in Israel. Cheryl, who had once gone to a free clinic when she was a divorced working mother of two, found solace in the Free Clinic, and her experience led to a $10 million donation in 2008 that eventually made the very same West Hollywood facility the Saban Free Clinic. Photographed by Ramona Rosales.
Photo by: Dan Monick
The Dynamic Duo
Robert Iger and Willow Bay
Disney CEO Iger and his wife both focus on the well-being of children. Disney creates about $200 million annually in corporate donations, but the CEO says it’s about much for than that. “It's our time and talent," he says. "We can send Imagineers into a children's hospital to help design an experience for kids that makes it better for them and their parents." His wife's personal philanthropic interests lie with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Photographed by Dan Monick.
Photo by: Wesley Mann
The Education Champions
Stacey Snider and Jane Rosenthal
"I believe that the problems in our communities can theoretically be ameliorated if kids stay in school," says CEO of DreamWorks Studios Snider, left, who worked as a Los Angeles City Year board member to help organize its first fundraiser, raising nearly $1 million. Rosenthal co-founded the Tribeca Film Institute, which provides educational media programs for children, often sparking a love for filmmaking and the arts at a very young age. Photographed by Wesley Mann.
Photo by: Wesley Mann
The Kid Crusaders
Usher, Scooter Braun, Adam Braun and Questlove
Usher, left, started the New Look Foundation in 1999 to give underprivileged kids the skills to be future leaders, while Questlove, right, raised fund for Harlem Village Academies, charter schools that boast top-tier performance while defying socio-economic expectations. Adam Braun, standing center, quit his finance job and started Pencils of Promise with $25. Two years later, Braun had built 41 schools in Laos, Nicaragua and Guatemala and raised more than $3 million. Adam's brother Scooter, who manages Justin Bieber, has been active in the charity that builds schools in the developing world, and Bieber earmarked profits from his Someday perfume for the charity. Photographed by Wesley Mann.
Photo by: Jeff Lipsky
The Next Generation
Hailee Steinfeld and Sarah Hyland
As young actors, True Grit’s Steinfeld, and Modern Family’s Hyland have taken on child hunger by spreading the word about Jeff Bridges’ No Kid Hungry Campaign, which aims to eradicate child hunger in the U.S. by 2015. "I hate the word celebrity," Hyland says, "but by using our voices we can bring attention to these causes and help spread the word faster." Photographed by Jeff Lipsky.
Photo by: Dorothy Hong
The Morning Stars
Jim Bell and Al Roker
For 10 years, Roker has spearheaded Today's annual weeklong Lend a Hand tour, crisscrossing the U.S. in a truck filled with millions of dollars worth of supplies -- everything from food to clothes to cars are donated by businesses -- for needy charities. "He has not forgotten where he came from and considers himself to be the luckiest guy. He loves giving back,” says Today exec producer Bell. Photographed by Dorothy Hong.