Location: San Francisco, California
ITVS (Independent Television Service) is a nonprofit organization chartered by Congress to make unique and compelling programs for public television. ITVS-supported programs are free and accessible to all via public television broadcasts, digital streaming, and on-the ground screenings and events with local partners in 75 U.S. cities. ITVS brings to local and national audiences high-quality, content-rich programs created by a diverse body of independent producers.
ITVS programs reflect underrepresented and underserved communities. ITVS has funded more than 1,400 films, with an eye on diversity and underrepresented audiences and filmmakers. The organization champions inclusion on the screen and behind the camera: Nearly 70% of ITVS funds go to diverse producers, 50% to women. The ITVS staff supports producers from project inception through distribution, reviewing proposals and cuts, offering funding, and providing production management, multi-platform distribution, and strategic audience development campaigns.
Location: Santa Monica, California
Lionsgate is a leading global entertainment company with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, family entertainment, digital distribution, new channel platforms and international distribution and sales. Led by THE HUNGER GAMES and THE TWILIGHT SAGA young adult franchises, the Company’s feature film slate generated more than $1.2 billion at the domestic box office and $2.5 billion worldwide in 2012. Lionsgate’s television business includes 28 shows on 20 different networks, including such iconic brands as MAD MEN, WEEDS, ANGER MANAGEMENT and NASHVILLE on ABC.
Lionsgate’s motion picture and television library includes more than 15,000 titles, and its $1 billion-a-year home entertainment business is a leader in digital, on demand and packaged media. Lionsgate has a global infrastructure of output deals covering 80% of the world’s movie-going population outside China and India, self-distribution of filmed entertainment in the UK through Lionsgate UK, a joint venture with IDC serving growth markets in Latin America and a stake in the Celestial Tiger Entertainment platform serving the Asian market.
Location: San Francisco, CA
Chronicle Books is an independent publisher based in San Francisco. Chronicle Books publishes books in subjects such as architecture, art, culture, interior design, cooking, children's books, gardening, pop culture, fiction, food, travel, and photography. The company has published a number of New York Times Best Sellers; the Griffin and Sabine series by Nick Bantock, Me Without You by Lisa Swerling and Ralph Lazar, Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Olive, the Other Reindeer by Vivian Walsh.
Location: San Francisco, CA
KQED, the public media organization serving Northern California, is for everyone who wants to be more. Their television, radio, digital media and educational services change lives for the better and help individuals and communities achieve their full potential. KQED Public Television is one of the nation’s most-watched public television stations during primetime. KQED produces and acquires programs that inspire, inform, and entertain the people of Northern California. KQED broadcasts the best available programs from PBS, APT, and other distributors, and also produces its own unique national and local programs, series, and specials. Airing more independent films than any other public broadcasting station in the country, KQED is committed to bringing the work of local and independent film producers to the community.
Location: Valencia, California
Kadenze is a for-profit massive Ed-tech open online course (MOOC) provider that offers courses geared toward art, music, and creative technology, fields which are falling behind other fields such as computer science in terms of number of courses offered in the MOOC space. Those courses have proven challenging to teach to an audience in dozens, let alone the hundreds or thousands, as faculty members struggle to translate face-to-face instruction to an online setting or evaluate students based on highly personal work. Launched in 2015, Kadenze initial partners included Princeton and Stanford Universities, California College of the Arts, the California Institute of the Arts, Cornish College of the Arts, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Goldsmiths University of London, Otis College of Art and Design, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Seoul Institute of the Arts, the University of California at Los Angeles and the University of Saint Joseph in Macau, among others. As of February 2017, Kadenze has expanded its partner list to 31 educational partners. All together, Kadenze offers over 75 courses in a number of art-related fields including business, music, music technology, visual arts, creative computing, computational graphics, design, history and culture, fashion, entertainment technology, math, game design, film, curation, and web development.
Location: San Francisco, California
Funomena is an independent game studio located founded in January of 2013 by Robin Hunicke and Martin Middleton - two passionate game developers who believe that games can have a positive impact on the world. Robin and Martin met at ThatGameCompany, where they worked on the acclaimed PSN title Journey. And during that experience, they developed a shared set of values about work, life and meaningful play. They began dreaming about starting a company, where they could make artistic, expressive and emotionally resonant games - together.
Location: Culver City, California
Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., which is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition, and distribution; television production, acquisition, and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. SPE’s Motion Picture Group includes film labels Columbia Pictures, Screen Gems, TriStar Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation, and Sony Pictures Classics. Sony Pictures's film franchises include The Karate Kid, Ghostbusters, Spider-Man, Men in Black, Underworld, Resident Evil, Robert Langdon, The Smurfs (via Peyo), Sniper, and many more.
Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History
Location: Santa Cruz, California
The MAH is a different kind of museum, one that focuses on building community in Santa Cruz County. The MAH builds community through exhibitions, events, and projects that connect people to art, history, ideas, and each other. They believe that art and history are for everyone, and we work hard to offer experiences that connect people from many walks of life: across generations, ethnicity, and background. That means multi-cultural festivals, exhibitions filled with wonder, partnerships throughout the county, and surprising, fun connections with people and ideas across the community. Their work has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal, and they were honored by the Institute for Museum and Library Services in 2015 as one of the 15 top community-oriented museums in the nation.
Oakland Museum of California (OMCA)
Location: Oakland, California
The Oakland Museum of California is an interdisciplinary museum dedicated to the art, history, and natural science of California. This progressive multidisciplinary approach was to celebrate the many facets of California. Their collections—comprising more than 1.9 million objects including seminal art works, historical artifacts, ethnographic objects, natural specimens, and photographs—and our programs explore and reveal the factors that shape California character and identity, from its extraordinary natural landscapes, to successive waves of migration, to its unique culture of creativity and innovation.
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
Indexical is a Santa Cruz-based experimental music presenter dedicated to the long-term development of projects in close collaboration with artists. Started in Brooklyn in 2011, Indexical has presented over 50 concerts at venues ranging from the Invisible Dog Arts Center and Issue Project Room in Brooklyn to Peace United Church of Christ, the Museum of Art and History, and Radius Gallery at the Tannery Arts Center in Santa Cruz. Their mission is to provide a platform for collaborative projects that connect composers and performers. To support the health and diversity of their musical ecosystem, they develop lasting relationships that lie outside the financial and aesthetic boundaries of major contemporary music institutions.