WME Skips Agency’s Oscars Party, Donates $1 Million to Ukraine Efforts
In light of the ongoing war in Ukrainesources tell Deadline that WME will not host his agency’s Oscars party this year, but will instead donate $1 million to UNICEF to support families in Ukraine and other war-displaced areas.
WME President Lloyd Braun just sent a note to the agency informing them of the news.
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Insiders add that the agency may still do a few small dinner parties to support its nominees, but when it comes to the big party, it decided that this year its resources would be better served elsewhere. WME’s Oscar nominees this year include Kenneth Branagh, Guillermo del Toro, Javier Bardem, Kristen Stewart, Adam McKay, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Denzel Washington and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Here is Braun’s note to staff:
TO: WME ALL
Like many of you, I followed Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in shock, processing the heartbreaking stories and images while wondering how we can best provide support.
With that in mind, our leadership team, in partnership with our Talent and Film groups, has decided to donate $1 million to UNICEF in lieu of a big Oscar event this year.
This donation will support war-affected families in Ukraine and children around the world affected and displaced by conflict – such as the Tigray region, Yemen, Syria and the Central African Republic. UNICEF’s global network and local presence will help ensure that these funds are mobilized for maximum impact.
For more information on how you and your customers can personally support these efforts, I encourage you to review Endeavor Impact’s Take Action email (attached), or contact Romola Ratnam or Dakota Ortiz for more information.
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