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Producing and Marketing for Social Impact

Hollywood, Health & Society and the Producers Guild of America co-presented a seminar on the power of storytelling, the arts and media to bring about social change.

The event, held at Wallis Annenberg Hall on the USC campus, consisted of two panels featuring representatives from organizations that support the creative community by providing resources and expert information about key social issues, and producers and production companies “dedicated to creating cause-related films, documentaries and television content.”

Mexico: Morelia Film Festival

In partnership with the BMGF and the World Bank, HH&S brought a group of international TV and film writers to the 13th annual Morelia International Film Festival (FICM) in October 2015 to participate in a panel discussion about storytelling and health, and to lead a workshop with writers in attendance. The festival was founded in 2003 as a way of promoting new trends in Mexican cinema—with the city of Morelia as its main venue—and to contribute to the cultural and touristic activities in the

Nigeria: Nollywood Workshops

With guidance from HH&S, Nollywood Workshops (NW) consulted with dozens of TV and filmmakers on a wide variety of health topics some of which have resulted in aired storylines on popular Nigerian TV. HH&S and NW also co-produced a Nollywood feature film, Code of Silence, which addressed sexual assault. HH&S connected the Nollywood screenwriters with established Hollywood writers to collaborate on the final script.

India

Hollywood, Health & Society and its Indian partners have served as a resource for TV and screenwriters in the entertainment industry of India since 2012, conducting over 250 consultations with television programs that reach tens of millions of viewers on a wide variety of health topics—maternal/child health, reproductive health, vaccines, water and sanitation, environmental health and others.