SIE Society Launches with an Alliance of Entertainment Industry Elite, Universities and Impact Thought Leaders

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A New Platform for Centralizing Resources, Assets and Access for Individuals, Institutions and Brands Involved in Social Impact Entertainment Unveils List of Esteemed Inaugural Members

We are excited to be launching with such high caliber partners," said Rebecca Graham Forde, Head of Partnerships and Amplification.

Founders Robert Rippberger and Tobias Deml today announced the formation of the SIE Society, an organization which will serve as a central hub to connect, empower and create alliances between Social Impact Entertainment companies, content creators, organizations, institutions and professionals.

This project is meant to engage communities working in multiple Social Impact Entertainment segments to help foster discussion, creativity and action to reflect a more positive and inclusive world. “We are excited to be launching with such high caliber partners," said Rebecca Graham Forde, Head of Partnerships and Amplification.

As part of the rollout, SIE Society is announcing new key members including such individuals, companies, organizations and academic institutions as USC Media Institute for Social Change, USC’s Hollywood, Health and Society, Randy Testa, from Harvard’s X-Media Lab and Professional Education Division of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, Producers Without Borders, the Austin Film Festival, Yea!, SIMA Studios, Harness, and Journeys in Film.

The new organization will be led by an experienced team of industry professionals. Robert Rippberger will serve as Founder/Co-Executive Director, along with William Nix serving as Co-Executive Director. Rebecca Graham Forde will be Head of Partnerships & Amplification; Tobias Deml will be Head of Content & Impact; Hiroki Kamada will be Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Representation, while Devon Dansky will become Head of Community Engagement, Kayvan Mashayekh will be Head of International, Christina Lindstrom will be Head of Impact Measurement & Assessment, and Digital Domain’s Jeff Chao will serve as Head of Finance. They will be supported and guided by an Advisory Board that includes Laura Herb from the Skoll Center for Social Impact Entertainment and accomplished producers such as Effie T. Brown, Kate McCallum, Kia Kiso, Anne Marie Gillen, Efuru Flowers, Rikki Hughes, Christina Lee Storm, Barbara Morgan, Adhrucia Apana, Michael Taylor and Miguel Sabido as well as renowned human rights advocates Bonnie Abaunza, Marya Bangee and Muslim Public Affairs Council’s Sue Obedei among numerous others as SIE Society’s membership continues to grow in diversity and global reach.

With global inclusion in mind, it is expected that the list of members will increase dramatically in the time ahead. Membership is currently open for registration through their extensive website, http://www.siesociety.org, where additional program information is also available.

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