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UCLA receives $20 million gift to propel diversity and ethics in entertainment

Building a more ethical and socio-economically diverse entertainment landscape while ensuring that television’s history is preserved and shared with future gnerations is the driving force behind a transformational $20 million gift to the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and the UCLA Film Television Archive from the Patricia W. Mitchell Trusts.

The gift was made possible by the late philanthropist Patricia W. Mitchell as a way to honor the legacy of her husband, legendary television industry leader John H. Mitchell, who died in 1988.

UCLA TFT will use $10 million from the Mitchell Trusts, coupled with a $5 million contribution from the UCLA Chancellor’s Centennial Scholars Match program, to create the John H. and Patricia W. Mitchell Endowed Scholarship Fund. This endowment advances TFT’s efforts to recruit and retain the most talented and diverse students pursuing degrees in the entertainment and performing arts industries.

In addition, $10 million will be directed to the UCLA Film Television Archive, the second-largest moving image archive in the United States — after the Library of Congress — and the world’s largest university-based media archive.

“We’re particularly excited to be making this gift at UCLA,” said Bill Allen, who serves as the trustee of the Mitchell Trusts and whose parents, Steve Allen and Jayne Meadows, were longtime friends of the Mitchells, “because not only will it help provide a diverse community of students with strong ethical, creative and business foundations for careers in the business, but it will help preserve the legacy of so many great industry leaders of the past who have created so much wonderful television that UCLA has been, in my opinion, heroically, attempting to preserve with insufficient resources from the industry and others for a very long time.”

The gift will support annual archive programming for television, such as workshops, lectures, screenings,

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