When Paul Newman received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the Oscars in 1994, he remarked that Hollywood was "the most generous" community in the world. In the intervening years, the entertainment industry's commitment to philanthropic endeavors has only increased. Herewith are just a few initiatives and projects, among many other charitable contributions, that various entertainment companies have created to aid the local and world community.
Jeff Cohen met the GameDesk people at the Variety Venture Capital Conference in 2011, and now serves on the board of advisers for the non-profit that tested and evaluated next-generation game curriculum and software throughout various pilots in L.A. schools and community centers.
"Education is what gives young people a chance to make their lives better," says Cohen. "This technology would be good for both public and private schools."