TORONTO, November 23, 2020 – POV is proud to announce a five-year agreement with Comweb Foundation. This agreement will see the donation of a quarter-million dollars directed towards POV’s mission to provide BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and diverse creatives with the access needed for meaningful and successful careers in media production through technical training, career development, mentorship, paid jobs & internships.
The commitment by Comweb Foundation comes on the heels of the creation of a new bursary in association with The Toronto Film School, Bell Media, RedLabTO, William F. White Int’l Inc, and Project 10, which gives BIPOC creatives access to yearly scholarships followed by paid internships at partner production companies.The scholarships were awarded to three exemplary POV alumni at an event that took place on Tuesday, Oct 20th.
In an industry that continues to support the privilege of a few, these partnerships are examples of leaders, institutions and stakeholders who are leading the charge in bringing about changes by not just talking about it, but by putting their resources and efforts towards making those changes happen.
“We are deeply committed to building a diverse and skilled media production workforce,” says Comweb founder and CEO, Paul Bronfman. “With our multi-year commitment to support POV, we will help establish strong economic access and professional success for underrepresented young creatives across Canada.”
The generous donation from Comweb Foundation supports POV’s belief that a more diverse and inclusive media production industry is a more creative, competitive and thriving industry.
“At POV, we see our work playing a critical role in supporting diverse creatives in reclaiming their narratives and producing content that is accurate, fair and authentic to their experiences.” says POV Executive Director, Biju Pappachan. “This donation will help POV to champion diverse, BIPOC talent while transforming their lives and changing the face of content production across Canada”
POV is a charity that ignites and spotlights rising talent from diverse communities. POV is committed to developing the next generation of diverse creative talent from equity-seeking communities and celebrating their stories. POV provides technical training and develops social skills that enable young creatives to launch their careers into the content production industry. To learn more, visit us online at https://povfilm.org/ or through our socials on IG/FB @POVfilm
Comweb Corporation (www.comwebgroup.com) was founded by Paul Bronfman in 1988. The company’s first foray was a partnership with famed writer/producer Stephen J. Cannell in 1988 to build and manage Canada’s first Hollywood-style studio complex, North Shore Studios in Vancouver. The studio was the home of the original smash TV series hit, The X-Files. Comweb Corporation is a founding shareholder of Pinewood Toronto Studios (www.pinewoodtorontostudios.com), a 12-stage production lot with over 200,000 square feet of space. Comweb Group Members include Comweb Aviation, Comweb Foundation, Comweb Hungary, Comweb Real Estate, and Comweb Studio Holdings. Comweb Corporation was the parent company of William F. White International Inc. (WFW) for over 30+ years. WFW was recently sold to Ashtead Group/Sunbelt Rentals of Canada Inc.