A report published today by the Skoll Center for Social Impact Entertainment at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television in partnership with Participant Media not only defines social impact entertainment, but discusses how it works, why it matters and how it can be created.

With commentary from entertainment and performing arts executives, respected performers and distinguished scholars, “The State of Social Impact Entertainment” maps the landscape of social impact entertainment, examines frameworks for evaluation, establishes best practices and highlights key issues in the field.

The report, which includes chapters focusing on narrative and documentary films, television, theater and emerging forms, finds that the financial and critical success of social impact entertainment proves that audiences have a real hunger for stories that entertain, engage and inspire.

Among the creators and performers who contribute their insights and experiences to the report:

  • Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Gus Van Sant
  • Dustin Lance Black
  • Gina Prince-Bythewood
  • Don Cheadle
  • Eve Ensler

The report is intended to be a resource for entertainment industry leaders, artists, scholars, educators, students and practitioners of social impact entertainment.

The Skoll Center for Social Impact Entertainment at UCLA TFT was created by UCLA TFT Dean Teri Schwartz in collaboration with Jeff Skoll, the philanthropist, social entrepreneur and founder of Participant Media. In 2014, Skoll made a $10 million gift to name and endow the Skoll Center, and the new report is an outgrowth of their shared vision for entertainment and performing arts to inspire and drive social impact.

Read the full news release.