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Cal Shakes


Location: Orinda, California

California Shakespeare Theater (Cal Shakes) redefines the classical theater for the 21st Century, making works of extraordinary artistry that engage with our contemporary moment so we might learn about ourselves and each other in the fullness of our world. 
There are three pillars of our work: Make, Learn, and Engage. 


At Cal Shakes, we believe that equity is a practice. Our actions—both onstage and off—can have a positive social impact by exposing oppression, addressing historic injustices, and showing how power can be transformed and shared in different ways. We endeavor to dismantle systemic bias by actively including, reflecting, and creating opportunities for our diverse Bay Area communities. We recognize that this work is ongoing and often imperfect, but we are committed to facilitating respect for the many facets of the human experience.

Chronicle Books


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.

El Sistema


El Sistema USA (ESUSA)’s diverse membership across the United States represents programs that serve some of the most vulnerable communities and children throughout the country. We aim to provide connections to knowledge and innovation, advocacy, and leadership development for program directors, teaching artists, students, and volunteers. Members collaborate to share resources, values, aspirations, and advocacy efforts. ESUSA serves three major purposes: strengthening existing nucléos through capacity development and research, encouraging the formation of new nucléos through providing resources, connections and training, and building awareness of El Sistema at large throughout the United States.

The members of ESUSA envision a world where every child has access to music through intensive ensemble training and performance to promote positive youth development and thriving communities.

Impact Creative


Location: Santa Cruz, California

Impact Creative is a motion production studio built for daring brands. We unleash the latest in digital cinema, animation, and emerging technologies to tell stories in ways never before possible.

What happens when an overly ambitious video production team develops an unhealthy addiction to tech toys?  You get some seriously original stuff.  We’re talking 8K cameras, 360 rigs, robotics, drones, stabilizers, you name it. We love technology because it allows us to inject any project, of any scale, with something truly unique. Big time productions, small time productions, meaningful interviews, VR/360 tours, 3D animations, augmented experiences — we’re always searching for the next challenge.



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: Burbank, California

Legendary Entertainment is a leading media company with film (Legendary Pictures), television and digital (Legendary Television and Digital Media) and comics (Legendary Comics) divisions dedicated to owning, producing and delivering content to mainstream audiences with a targeted focus on the powerful fandom demographic.

Through complete or joint ownership, Legendary has built a library of marquee media properties and has established itself as a trusted brand which consistently delivers high-quality, commercial entertainment including some of the world’s most popular intellectual property.



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.



NASA is more than astronauts. We are scientists, engineers, IT specialists, human resources specialists, accountants, writers, technicians and many other kinds of people working together to break barriers to achieve the seemingly impossible.

We continue NASA’s legacy of excellence through an unprecedented array of missions—from laying the foundation to expand our human presence in deep space to developing cutting-edge technologies to studying Earth’s system. We tackle each adventure with curiosity and innovation to leave an enduring impact on the world and humanity.

Vin Di Bona Productions 


Location: Los Angeles, California

Vin Di Bona Productions is an independent production company founded in 1987 and helmed by Peabody and Emmy-award winning producer Vin Di Bona. The company is known worldwide for producing America’s Funniest Home Videos, the longest-running entertainment show on the ABC network.

The company’s first series was Animal Crack-Ups, an animal-themed game show. Other VDBP shows include the family challenge game show, The Big Moment for ABC; the innovative, improv/sitcom Meet The Marks for Fox and Sherman Oaks, the mockumentary series for Showtime.

America’s Funniest Home Videos is currently in its 27th year on the air and can be seen in 193 territories worldwide.