AwesomenessTV Lends Support to UTA Refugee Rally
The rally will take place on Friday, Feb. 24, ahead of the Oscars.
AwesomenessTV is lending its support to UTA's refugee rally.
The digital media company will be closing its office early on Friday, Feb. 24, so that its employees can attend the agency's rally, CEO Brian Robbins and president Brett Bouttier told staff Friday in an email.
Earlier this week, UTA announced that it was canceling its annual Oscar party and would instead donate $250,000 to the American Civil Liberties Union and the International Rescue Committee. The agency also revealed plans for a pro-immigration rally at its office on Feb. 24, the start of Oscar weekend.
AwesomenessTV, which counts UTA as a founding partner and also is repped by the agency, has told employees that closing its office early in support of the rally will allow them to "participate on your own terms, in your own way." The company also will organize transportation for employees who choose to attend the rally.
"In today's political climate, civil rights are being compromised and our creators and global audiences are facing obstacles as they pursue their dreams," reads the email from Robbins and Bouttier, which a spokeswoman provided to THR. "We understand the power of our collective influence and know that together we can create change."
AwesomenessTV, which is part-owned by NBCUniversal, Verizon and Hearst, also will contribute its own donation to the ACLU and International Rescue Committee.