Partners in Kind, the production and media company dedicated to bringing purpose to production, proudly announces an innovative collaboration with SIE Society, a dynamic community of creatives pushing the boundaries of storytelling, entertainment and impact. This groundbreaking partnership centers on a visionary first look deal, leveraging Partners in Kind’s recently announced $50 million equity fund to support projects initiated by SIE Society’s members that align with the company’s detailed mission. Importantly, each project will be accompanied by a robust social impact campaign, with a strong emphasis on measurable outcomes.
The core differentiator of this partnership is the unwavering focus on social impact campaigns associated with each project. Partners in Kind and SIE Society are dedicated to not only creating captivating narratives but also measuring the real-world impact these stories have on communities, perspectives, and key social issues.
“We are incredibly excited to create a pathway to support SIE Society members and collectively work towards our mission of using storytelling and other forms of creative arts to inspire social action and put more compassion into the world,” say Gillian Hormel and Shelly Tygielski, co-founders of Partners in Kind.
The announcement comes just before the inaugural SIE Society and Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs jointly hosted Impact + Profit Conference taking place on December 7 and 8 at the prestigious Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. The conference is set to bring the entertainment, non-profit, and corporate communities together to educate, connect, and empower Hollywood professionals to harness storytelling for greater social good and measurable impact.
“After attending the Johns Hopkins-led 1,800-person Social and Behavior Change Communication Summit in Morocco last year, it was crystal clear Hollywood would greatly benefit from these types of curated conversations,” says Robert Rippberger and William Nix, SIE Society’s co-executive directors. “SIE Society is taking a leadership role in creating a powerful and informative conference about the important role needed in today’s storytelling, and the ability to reach the masses to positively impact change that will benefit issues important to our society.”
The Impact + Profit Conference boasts an impressive lineup of keynote speakers, including:
Peter Farrelly, Film Director and Screenwriter (Green Book)
Heather Rae, Film Director and Producer (Frozen River)
Stephen Gyllenhaal, Film Director and Producer (A Dangerous Woman)
Madeline Di Nonno, President and CEO of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
Vijay Sudan, Former Executive Director of Disney’s Enterprise Social Responsibility
Christine Simmons, Former COO of The Academy of Motion Pictures
Kathleen Rogers, Social Impact Campaign Strategist and Co-Founder of GSD Group
John Raatz, Founder of Visioneering & Global Alliance for Transformational Entertainment (GATE)
Kate Folb, Executive Director of Hollywood, Health & Society Host Organizations
Alana Selkowitz, Senior Director of Partnerships at Games for Change (G4C)
Panel discussions will include “Impact Campaigns at the Blockbuster Level,” “Unscripted Impact: Popular TV Creating a New Reality,” “The Barbie Effect: Igniting Conversations,” and “Profitable Impact in Practice: Storytelling for Big Brands,” with more programming to be announced.
More information on the Impact + Profit Conference can be found at conference.siesociety.org
About Partners In Kind
Partners in Kind is a media and communications company bringing purpose to production by developing and investing in film and television projects aimed at inspiring tangible acts of kindness and compassion, building community, and generating momentum around social change. At the heart of PIK are the Purpose in Production Impact Funds, which focus on creating programming that motivates viewers to contribute, connect, and spread compassion throughout the world. By collaborating with social impact leaders, prominent nonprofit organizations, and NGOs, PIK strives to generate robust awareness and drive visible change on a global level for the most crucial issues of our time. To learn more visit www.partnersinkindproductions.com
About SIE Society
The SIE Society is the leading global alliance in Social Impact Entertainment. Its mission is to educate, connect, and empower professionals in entertainment, non-profit, and business to harness storytelling for greater social good and measurable impact.
About Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs
The Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs is a recognized world leader in social and behavior change communication and knowledge management programs. Committed to evidence-based advocacy, strong partnerships, and capacity strengthening, CCP nurtures a global network of health, development, and communication champions.