Steven Spielberg to Honor Comcast Chief Brian Roberts


Steven Spielberg is set to honor Comcast chairman and CEO Brian Roberts with the Shoah Foundation's annual Ambassadors for Humanity Award on Monday night in Philadelphia.

Spielberg was inspired by his 1993 Holocaust epic, Schindler's List, to establish the Shoah Foundation, which gathers video testimonials from Holocaust survivors and eyewitnesses to use as teaching tools for current and future generations. (Shoah is the Hebrew word for Holocaust.)

The foundation and Comcast have joined forces on educational initiatives to advance the organization's mission to promote tolerance.

In a statement to the Associated Press, Spielberg called Roberts "a longtime advocate of finding and developing innovative avenues to reach and educate young people.”

"Brian's vision and commitment to enhancing digital literacy in schools and communities across America make him a great ambassador for learning," Spielberg added.

Comcast has made survivor testimonials available free to subscribers through its on-demand, online and iPad services. The company also is providing technical assistance for an application called IWitness, which will deliver lesson plans and online access to 1,000 of its video testimonials when it launches by year’s end, Shoah Foundation executive director Stephen Smith said.

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