CAA's Richard Lovett to Be Honored for Helping Kids "Succeed and Realize Their Dreams"
The agency president will be recognized Tuesday night by Communities in Schools of Los Angeles, a local affiliate of the national dropout prevention program he helped to establish in 2007.
CAA president Richard Lovett will be honored Tuesday by Communities in Schools of Los Angeles, a local affiliate of national dropout prevention program CIS that he helped to establish in 2007.
“Agents fight for clients and do everything that we can to create an environment in which artists can succeed,” Lovett told The Hollywood Reporter. “CIS leaders help to create opportunities with and for students and help to create an environment in which kids can succeed and realize their dreams.”
In 1996, Lovett, whose client list includes J.J. Abrams, Tom Hanks and Will Smith, assisted in the creation of the CAA Foundation, the agency’s philanthropic arm. For the past two decades he has been personally and professionally involved with philanthropic work, especially when it pertains to public education.
Lovett asserts that further fixing public education is a matter of "political will." He continued: "The focus needs to be on the students and not the adults, in my opinion.
"LAUSD is a huge system and it is easy for people to criticize, but I am always inspired by the remarkable young people that I have met and the compassionate and dedicated teachers and principals who are doing everything they can to lead students and create opportunities for them," he said.
Lovett also is a member of the Donors Choose board of directors and is the chair of the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Think It Up national education initiative. He previously has been honored by the Shoah Foundation with its Ambassador for Humanity Award, presented by his client Steven Spielberg.
For his work with CISLA, Lovett will be recognized on Tuesday night at a private residence, along with CISLA site director Erin Favre-Smith. Lovett will be presented with an award by a CIS alum who now works out of the CAA offices as a CIS employee.
Lovett added: “I would urge companies of any size and in any business category to make community involvement part of their lives. Everyone wins.”